Do you feed your ducklings wet mash or dry feed?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by happydog, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. happydog

    happydog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been feeding my ducklings a dry feed but good grief - they make such a horrendous mess out of the brooder going between the feed and the water. It seems like it's constantly wet and NASTY in there.

    I just read in The Resilient Gardener about feeding them a wet mash instead. I'm wondering if anybody has tried that and how it works for them. Seems like it would eliminate the slopping back and forth between feed and water. I'm hopeful anyway, lol.

    Anybody tried feeding wet mash?
     
  2. fishinchicken

    fishinchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I tried both and I don't think there is any real difference....they are just messy!!! Between the food mess, the water mess, and the poo mess it becomes a battle of the wills. Good luck.[​IMG]
     
  3. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    [​IMG] I agree!!!
     
  4. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dry food & water they are going to make a mess but wet mash and water....even bigger mess. They will still take a mouthful and go have a drink and splat it up the brooder walls. Thats what ducklings do best [​IMG]
     
  5. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    I will dampen feed sometimes for the first two days if I have a particularly small duckling - But otherwise leave it dry. Being in such a warm environment feed can very quickly go moldy so while they do dampen it themselves- Starting with dry feed reduces the risk of the feed going off.
     
  6. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks make their wet mash themselves. [​IMG]
     

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