Do I feed my female duck differently than my male ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jennytg3, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. jennytg3

    jennytg3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Feb 1, 2010
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    Hi! My 4.5 month old female duck is displaying mating behavior and is now mating with her brothers. I started adding free choice oyster shell and have been feeding them a maintenance ration of Albers waterfowl food with 16% protein.

    Do I need to feed the female a layer feed or something different than maintenance? Or just feed her other protein sources like minnows or good quality cat food?

    Also, is now the time I should make sure they have 14 hours of light, or should I wait a couple of weeks?

    Thank you!
     
  2. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:The maintenance ration with oyster Shell should do it. Why do you want them to have 14 hours of light are they confined indoors where natural light can't reach them? Check a decent weather source which will give sunrise and sunset times and start the 14 hours about the day that the natural light will fall to that.
     
  3. jennytg3

    jennytg3 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for the info, I appreciate it! No, they are free range in my back yard. I just never paid attention to how long the daylight was. I will start! [​IMG]
     

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