duck feed question - protein levels and switching ducklings

CoriM

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Jun 6, 2019
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Quick question on moving ducklings from starter feed. Right now they are on Mazuri starter, which is 20% protein. I bought the Mazuri maintenance, which is only 14% protein. This seems kind of low. Will it be alright, and at what age should I switch them? I read conflicting advice.

I plan on switching my older ducks from layer (17% protein) to maintenance as well so they can eat the same food until the young ones are laying. I didn't realize the protein was so low with the maintenance and I've read that 16-18% is best. Thoughts?
 

HollowOfWisps

Previously AstroDuck
Aug 28, 2020
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I've had good success with starting at 3 weeks mixing 1 part maintenance feed with 3 parts starter, week 4 I mix 50/50, week 5 I mix 3 parts maintenance 1 part starter and by week 6 my ducklings are 100% on maintenance feed. As a side note I also use Mazuri feed and at 7-8 weeks I integrate ducklings with my hens.
 

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