Duck food and water

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by NoahSully, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. NoahSully

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  2. Timothy Menezes

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    I never put water on my ducks food but it’s not unheard of to do so. Seems like it would just make more of a mess to me.
     
  3. happy duck

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    HI there!!!! And welcome to BYC!!! I know lots of people have told you that just I have not so Welcome!! I never wet my duck feed. Even the babies just seemed to eat it all up!!! If they have water close by they should be fine!
     
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  4. NoahSully

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    Oh and I read somewhere that ducks can choke on crumbles? I'm feeding them a Turkey and wild game bird feed from my Grange which is a crumble
     
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  5. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Turkey and gamebird feed might be too high in protein for ducklings. They WILL however be more likely to have the correct amount of niacin.

    I always fed crumbled and never wet my feed when I had ducklings.

    We also have grange... I far prefer Purina Flock Raiser crumbles. :)
     
  6. NoahSully

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    Is that what you feed your adults too?
     
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  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Yes... from hatch, through laying and beyond. I provide oyster shell free choice separately for layers. I use this for chickens and ducks without issue. Some people might find they got a lot of waste using crumble. So wetting it is one way they reduce waste. I always kept my waterers at least about 10-15 feed from the feeder since ducks like to go back and forth so much. I also fermented for a while and that was fine as well.

    The Purina flock raiser has 55mg/kg of niacin to feed and 20% protein, I had to contact the company for the information since it isn't listed as part of the guaranteed analysis.

    Although I have seen some feeds labeled as turkey or gamebird that were much lower in protein than I anticipated so reading the nutrient label is always more important than just what they "call" the feed.
     
  8. CayugaJana

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    Unfortunately, you will read something bad or scary about any choice you make with your ducks. :he

    It’s maddening trying to figure out the best setup and routine for your flock sometimes. But they will be just fine with crumbles. There’s always a freak chance of something going wrong. Don’t you wish they had a manual? “If this happens, go to page 43. If that happens, go to page 94.”:lau
     
  9. NoahSully

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    Haha that would be handy!!
     
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