Duckling feeds?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by zbraswell92, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. zbraswell92

    zbraswell92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been using Nutrena 'All Flock' as my duckling starter.
    It's 18% protein, 2.5% fat. Is that sufficient?
    I've heard that ducks need 20 but I've raised 7 ducks on it and they're all thriving now.
    I give the ducklings a vit/min/electrolyte supplement every other waterer fill up.
    (I also give the supplement once a week to my chickens and adult ducks.)
    Will having only 18% protein affect them in the long run, though?
    I keep them on it throughout their entire lives. They LOVE IT!
    I will just give oyster shell to my girls.
    Should I give them some ground up cat food for animal content and to boost the protein? I know it's very good for chickens but I'm not sure for ducks?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I think with the supplemental vitamins you are probably doing well - their health and behavior are big indicators.

    I give my ducks cat kibble from time to time to boost both protein and D3 (the latter, I am told, is needed for proper calcium processing).

    There are also meal worm treats, as you know. I think kibble costs less.
     

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