Pheasant283

In the Brooder
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Mar 23, 2011
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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
 

Speceider

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Apr 4, 2011
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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
 

BarefootMom

Songster
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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.
 

Speceider

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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
 

Niss

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Apr 29, 2011
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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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