duck feed

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LADYBUG1, Jun 12, 2010.


    LADYBUG1 Hatching

    May 28, 2010
    Now that my ducks are older I think about 2 months old and are almost ready to go outside what do I feed them. I have had them on chick starter and they are going to use it all up in about 3 days and I want to know if I should buy them something different. I also have some younger ducks about 3 weeks old and I think they need to stay on the chick starter but I don't know. Please help.
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I switched my runners over to grower ration at about three weeks of age. It is a grower/maintenance ration, which I plan to supplement with cat kibble and free choice oyster shell during laying season. It is a good balanced ration, so that should work for your ducks. Have they been going outside regularly? Chick feed is rather low in niacin for ducks - some are okay on it, some have troubles. Bugs have niacin.

    Hope that helps.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:I don't know WHY that struck me so funny, but it did. I don't think I can look at bugs the same way any more. They have niacin!!

    I really do appreciate the information, I'm just feeling silly. Bugs have niacin. I'm gonna have to tell that to my Cayugas.

    Even earwigs?? [​IMG]

    Okay, I'll go back to my corner now. Pssst: Bugs have niacin!
  4. Bryanccfshr

    Bryanccfshr In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2010
    Farmington , NM
    A lightbulb a foot over a big water bowl at night is a great way to supplemnt the niacin and protien needs of the duckilings and it gives them a taste for the crustacean variety of food.
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I would keep them on non-medicated starter (Start n Grow) until they were about 8 - 10 weeks old then switch to a grower like Flock Raiser which is far better for ducks than the mainstay brands of chicken food. Then transfer them to Layena when they start laying. That is what I did with mine following the instructions from Holderreads when they arrived.

    They have done excellent with no issues whatsoever.
  6. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

    Apr 20, 2010
    Even earwigs??

    Okay, I'll go back to my corner now. Pssst: Bugs have niacin!


    Sorry strikes me as funny too.... guess we're sitting in the same corner...LOL [​IMG]
  7. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Songster

    Apr 17, 2009
    Kildare, Wisconsin
    Where are you located, LADYBUG1?

    If you're in the Midwestern United States, you might be able to find Purina Duck Grower. I switch my ducklings over to the grower feed when they're around 3 weeks old, and I feed them that until they start laying (at which point, I switch them to a layer feed). [​IMG]

    LADYBUG1 Hatching

    May 28, 2010
    Thanks for the infor on the duck food. I will go to the feed store tomorrow and get what I need. And no they haven't been outside yet. I need to make sure my pen is very secure. We have fisher cats around here and other wild animals. Also our neighbor has dogs. I am not taking any chances. I am located in north eastern CT.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2010
  9. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England

    I am glad to read you are being cautious. Here in SW CT, fishers are rumored to be around but I don't know that they are in our immediate area. We have a long list of others, though.

    I am using, among other things, hardware cloth over all openings and two strands of electric tape around their house and night pen.

    Enjoy the ducks!

    A rat scurries across the sidewalk and behind a row of trash cans. A young couple walk closely together out of the dim light of a street lamp and into the dark, huddled as if to shield themselves from the night. Across the street a homeless man is picking up cigarette butts and an unattractive prostitute shakes her head at him in disgust. A flickering street lamp lends an errie feel. The camera pans down the length of the street lamp to the base and zooms in on a cockroach in dark sunglasses

    (to no one in particular)

    "psst. Need Niacin? Got some grade A niacin here..."

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