Duckling feeds?

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

  1. zbraswell92

    zbraswell92 Chirping

    Dec 6, 2011
    Roswell, Ga
    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

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    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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