Cost of feed for ducks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ScottE, May 26, 2019.

  1. ScottE

    ScottE In the Brooder

    May 26, 2019
    Hey all, my wife and I are doing a little math on the cost of raising ducks and something isn't adding up. At 0.5lbs of feed a day for 18 weeks, raising a duck to full weight that is then worth about $15, feed needs to cost no more than $.23 a lb just to break even.

    A 50lb bag of feed around here costs $20 which is $.40/lb and whole grains cost $.50-$1.00 /lb. Now our ducks forage for most of their feed and we get a ton (actually about 3 tons) of produce from costco every week. So we're not really paying anything for our duck feed.

    But still those numbers just don't make any sense. How in the world do commercial growers afford to raise ducks buying `100% of there feed? Where can we go to buy whole grains for less than $.50/lb?
  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

    Jun 14, 2017
    Central PA
    Apparently, they don't buy the feed where you are. I don't know where you're shopping, but I'd find a different feed mill. I absolutely refuse to pay more than $14/50.

    Also, since a duckling doesn't eat 0.5 lb/day, you might want to factor a bit of a curve into your graph.
  3. crazy4ChickensNducks

    crazy4ChickensNducks Songster

    Dec 16, 2018
    west, michigan
    the commercial farmers grow their own feed or have a partnership with another farmer
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Huge quantities of birds and bulk buying of feed.
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