Duck food mixes

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bekah095, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. Bekah095

    Bekah095 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two laying ducks and i'm concerned that they may not be getting the right amount of nutrients that they need. I feed them country roads layer crumbles and scratch grains with some roasted crushed eggshells. Their food is free-choice and always full but the layer crumbles is formulated for chickens. Does it make a difference? They do roam around the yard when its warm out but in the winter they solely eat the commercial food. I just want to make sure my girls get everything they need to be healthy and lay as many eggs as they can, especially in winter. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I think they should be fine if you don't give much (more than 10%) scratch grains. I can see giving a little scratch for extra energy in the cold, but you might consider giving them something like sprouted wheat instead. I buy the wheat in bulk and soak it overnight then I have a tray with holes in it so they can sprout a little more before giving them to the ducks.
     
  3. Mrs.H

    Mrs.H Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long does it take to sprout before you feed it to them? Do you get the wheat at a feed store?
     
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  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I buy it bulk from our grocery store, some feed stores sell it. After I soak it, I can generally see the beginnings of a sprout within 24 to 36 hours, I think. Within 5 days I have little green blades of grass.
     
  5. Mrs.H

    Mrs.H Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. Found a link on how to do it using canning jars. Think I may try it
     

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