Duckling Food and Niacin

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Enigmius, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. Enigmius

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    OK. So my runner ducklings are arriving from Metzerfarm on the 27th.
    I've been going to feed stores and calling around for the Manna Pro Duck starter/grower. No one seems to carry it down here in the DFW area of Texas, but they carry Manna Pro's Gamerbird/Showbird. I went ahead and bought that. The only problem is that the protein is a little higher(24%) than what is suggested for ducks(21%).

    I've read in the forum somewhere that rolled oats can be added to decrease the % or protein, and I used the the Metzer calculator to know how much rolled oats to add to bring that down.

    Q1: I need to do anything with the oats before adding it? Do they need to be ground-up before being weighed then added?

    Q2: I'm looking over the Mana Pro Gamebird/Showbird and I don't see anything about niacin. I'm assuming that means it needs to be added, correct?
     
  2. Enigmius

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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Can you take the bag back and get some Purina Flock Raiser instead?
     
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  4. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    What we need is the analysis tag in the upper left corner. Niacin is also known as B3 (which I see) and it needs to be at least 55 ppm.

    EDT: Never mind. Just looked it up on the TSC site. You're right, there is no detailed analysis.
     
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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    It probably has enough niacin because turkeys and gamebirds need more niacin that ducks. I worry about adding oats because doing that will reduce the niacin and other key minerals and vitamins.
     
  6. Enigmius

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    I still have the receipt from Atwood’s, I’ll check if they at least have that brand.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    If they don't, and you can't return it, I would just feed it. Yeah, the protein is a little higher than ideal, but it should be fine (I feed all of mine 27% turkey starter).
     
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    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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