Duckling Feed

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Pheasant283, May 31, 2011.

  1. Pheasant283

    Pheasant283 Out Of The Brooder

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    Looking into getting a few ducklings. What kind of starter can I feed them? Can I feed them chick starter? Thanks
     
  2. Scottingitup

    Scottingitup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use purina flock raiser.
     
  3. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use unmedicated Purina Start and grow mixed with scratch. I mix all my feed with scratch. makes it go further
     
  4. M1ssK1mmy

    M1ssK1mmy New Egg

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    Just be sure to get unmedicated....
     
  5. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's no reason not to use medicated chick starter. I would not cut the feed with grain. You're chnaging the protein level and altering the amino acid balance which isn't good for the duckling.

    Clint
     
  6. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
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    Quote:well the ducklings that are raised by their mamas don't get starter- they only get scratch and whatever else they can find... and what about ducklings in the wild?? I think people spend too much time worrying baout amino acid (whatever that is) and protein levels...

    I think as long as they are happy and are growing just fine it doesn't really matter. I use un medicated because it is cheaper.

    We have been mixing for the past 2 months and haven't had any problems.
     
  7. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they only get scratch and whatever else they can find... and what about ducklings in the wild??


    Both are eating large quantities of invertebrates that have a balanced amino acid ration. In a penned situation where they don't have access to inverts, they will suffer. That's a big reason why ducklings in the wild eat almost entirely inverts for the first few weeks and then shift to seeds after fledging.

    Clint
     
  8. Pheasant283

    Pheasant283 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I can feed them medicated chick starter or not?
     
  9. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you can feed them medicated chick starter.

    Clint
     
  10. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've use unmedicated chick starter with the last two batches. Neither group has grown as fast as the first, which got a higher protine game starter...that is until the middle group got thrown out of my basement and into the woods--the sweeds in that group about doubled in size the last week eating crumbles befor bed in the coop and what ever they can find durring the day.
     

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