Duckling feeding behavior

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lindsaymarshall, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. lindsaymarshall

    lindsaymarshall Hatching

    Oct 5, 2011
    My two week old duckling seems to "filter" out most of her food into the water dish. Is this normal, and what can I do to get her to actually eat it?
  2. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    This is normal. You can try putting the food father away from the water, so that they eat more in one sitting before dashing off for water... or just be thankful you don't have 20 of them.
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

    Dec 22, 2009
    My ducks do this as well sometimes. It's pretty normal. I think it just helps them get their food down easier.
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    My water buckets are not right next to the feeding troughs, That way they can still have the water close by but they don't get the feed as wet.
  5. lindsaymarshall

    lindsaymarshall Hatching

    Oct 5, 2011
    Thank you everybody, I thought so, but I also thought it would be nice to hear it from some people who would know.
    So, If I took the mash that she sifted out, and just dished it right back to her is there anything wrong with that? hee hee!
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    Quote:As long as it doesn't go bad, like in the summer or warmer months it could grow mold pretty quick, I think at the end of the day I would toss any feed that was wet. Thats what i do.

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