Duck food... issue...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckclo99, May 16, 2010.

  1. duckclo99

    duckclo99 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all! I haven't been actively posting, but i'm starting back up. I have had my ducks for about two months. THey are currently on 15% duck starter/finisher. The store doesn't have anything but 24%, 20%, and the 15% finisher. Then they have layer. When should I give them layer? Should they be on finisher 15%? Argh! I'M SO CONFUSED! *bangs head into wall a few times* [​IMG]
     
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Feed can get confusing. To make life easier for myself, I feed ducks chick starter. When they are 2 or 3 weeks old, I feed about 60% feed and 40% oats. When they start laying eggs, I switch them to layer feed. In the winter I feed 50/50 layer feed and scratch or oats.
     
  3. newbiechickenowner

    newbiechickenowner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had mine since last may and they have been on layer pellets the entire time. I haven't thought of oats, although that sounds good. They are pretty picky believe it or not and only like worms, lettuce and their feed. Sometimes I throw in a handful or two of scratch corn into or near the pond and they will play with that a bit
     
  4. Orpstralope

    Orpstralope XL College Raised Eggs

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    I bought some pekins and fed them chick starter for the first two months and they seem to be doing well. they just won't get in the baby pool...i thought ducks swam...
     
  5. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    I feed mine Flock Raiser and scratch. I used medicated starter on my chicks and can't use that for the ducklings, hence the reason for the FR.
     
  6. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ducks do swim! Sometimes it just takes a while. Try them out with a shallow bowl, then a deeper one (once they've got their feathers!!!), and eventually they'll be swimming like fish... or ducks.
     
  7. Jplejeune

    Jplejeune Out Of The Brooder

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    I feed all mine a mix of grower crumbles and hen scratch. they love it. When they are a few months old i give them corn and hen scratch and a little bit of rice. i have close to 100 woodies, english callers, mallards, pekings, and mandarins. All eat the same thing. they are loose in a 1/4 acre yard with pond so they do free graze too
     
  8. Wokawidget

    Wokawidget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed my duck Bakers Complete dried dog food.
    One bowl in the morning...1 in the evening. Just like a dog.

    "Dinner time"
    "Quack. quack quack"
    *comes running*
    "QUACK!!!!"

    Then during the day she eats what ever she snuffles and finds in the garden.

    woka
     
  9. Brickman House

    Brickman House Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can feed them the finisher until they start laying, which is usually sometime after 4 months old. Alternatively, you can feed them finisher forever, and just supplement with free choice calcium, usually in the form of crushed oyster shells you can buy at your feed store.
     
  10. duckclo99

    duckclo99 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, i'll keep them on 15 % feeder for now, I don't make my own. I buy it at the Tractor Supply Co. Should I use that until they start laying eggs? When do White Peckins start laying?
     

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