Ducks and Chicks Together - Can they eat the same food?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hillbilly123, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. hillbilly123

    hillbilly123 In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2012
    We are just raising our first flock of chicks and the kids wanted some ducks so I said "whats a couple more mouths to feed" and let them get them. They got two mallard ducklings. I have them in the same brooder with the chicks, eating the same 24% chick starter, water, etc. Do I need to do anything special for the mallards? Any special feed or treats to keep them happy?
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012

  2. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    They love peas. Often people supplement Niacin for ducklings as well.
    Good luck. The little weirdos are a real blast.

    I found that putting their waterer over a tupperware fitted with a mesh "lid" kept a lot of the gross mess under control.
  3. Apyl

    Apyl Songster

    Feb 5, 2012
    Necedah, Wi
    I have 4 ducklings with my 25 chicks. They have all eaten the same feed and drank from the same watere. Now they are all outside in the coop, I did put a pie pan in the coop full of water for the ducklings to spalsh in and rinse their nostrals. When they were indoors I just gave them tub or sink time each day .

    I know some people say dont mix them but my Grandpa had ducks and chicken together all my life and he never had an issue.
  4. hillbilly123

    hillbilly123 In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2012
    My wife read something about "angel wing" that ducks can develop if they just eat chick feed. I guess I'd like to know if I should give them something to make sure they don't get that. Would just augmenting their feed with peas/lettuce, etc help with this?
  5. jdywntr

    jdywntr Songster

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    Angelwing is caused by too much or too little protein. I would switch your feed because 24% is high for chicks as well. Technically, more than 16% protein is excessive for ducks but many of us don't have duck chow or waterfowl starter available. Ducks do better on lower protein but if anything you could feed Purina Flock Raiser 20% protein or Nutrena All Flock 18% protein or Purina Start n Grow 18% (I think).

    Ducks need extra niacin for leg growth which can be provided in drinking water. 500 mg tab/capsule to 5 gallons water.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012
  6. hillbilly123

    hillbilly123 In the Brooder

    Mar 6, 2012
    Is the niacin safe for the chickens as well? I am about out of the 24% feed and plan to reduce to 20% in the next couple of days.
  7. Niss

    Niss Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    When mine were little I gave my chicks and ducklings the same UN-MEDICATED starter. Before switching to a locally produced grain blend when they got a bit larger, that meant using chick starter for ducks and wild game starter for chicks at various points. I did not have any problems.

  8. allgood96

    allgood96 Hatching

    Apr 29, 2016
    Could anyone tell me what type of duck I have just incubated please... Drake is a Muscovy, I know but I have 3 females 2 what I think are Indian runners and a Muscovy. New at this they we're incubated for 25 day and this little duckling was hatched day 28

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