Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kathy1313a, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Kathy1313a

    Kathy1313a Hatching

    Jan 7, 2012
    Hi, My name is Kathy. I understand I already posted something but I never got the chance to introduce myself and my Ducks. There are so many things I want to know about ducks. I've done alot of reading but it is so much nicer to have people there on the other end who already have the experience and can help me out. So any input would be appreciated. First off I have 5 ducks, 4 females and 1 drake. My drake is a Swedish Blue but he has some green spots on his neck so I guess he has something else in him too, his name is Louie. I have 2 Pekin females Lacey and Lou Lou and not sure exactly what the other 2 are but their names are Pea and Coca.Oh I also have a Banny Chicken I think that's what it's called that lives in the house mostly. I want to know what kind of snacks I can really feed my ducks. Because my ducks love mac and cheese with hot dog and peas and corn. They won't eat anything else, they arn't even really fond of their duck food. So what do I do? I've tried fruits, vegies just about anything that I've read about on different sights and have had no luck. Maybe I'm trying to hard. I just want them to be happy and healthy and enjoy a snack or something good from time to time. My ducks don't lay eggs all the time either well not on a regular basic. I know it has alot to do with food so please help me out. Or just tell me what I'm doing wrong and I will correct it. Their all real healthy and happy I just feel like I'm not doing something I should be. I've never been on one of these board so please bear with me.Thanks for all your help in advance. I am attaching a pic of them.[​IMG]

  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Looks like two Pekin, two khaki and your drake. They should be eatting a layer feed (same as you feed chickens is fine) or all flock (Nutrena) or flock raiser (purina). Treats can be peas, dark leafy greens, grapes, sweet potatoes among other things. Changing their diet will require you sticking to it and not start to worry they don't like their new food. They will come around, but will take some time. Pretty ducks you have, welcome to BYC and the duck thread.
  3. duck chick

    duck chick Hatching

    Feb 3, 2012
    yep thats a 2 pekins 2 khakis and the other drake.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Make any treats an absolute minimal proportion of their diet.

  5. Duck Rescuer

    Duck Rescuer In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2012
    You should introduce some bread and seed to what you are feeding them alitle more each time so they can get used to eating duck food and do you have a lake near by that you can get plants from ducks love the plants in the lake here is my baby with her food and water [​IMG]
  6. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Welcome to BYC Kathy1313a - thats a nice mixed flock you have- and your girls will thank you for only having the one drake too!!

    If all you offer ( to break their bad habit ) is the pelletized feed- they will not starve- they will eat it eventually when they realise the " candy" you have been feeding them is no longer available. Once you have them back to eating the pellets as the main source of food you can reintroduce treats occasionally. CelticOatsFarm has listed a few " good " treats - but also things like meal worms, watermelon, tomatoes and mango are some favorites in my flock. Bread is something that should be kept to a minimum as it has virtually no nutritional value to a duck.

    There is a great thread up in the stickies of the duck forum which im sure you will find very useful.
  7. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    [​IMG] Welcome Kathy!!!!

  8. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    I think they covered the feed issue so welcome Kathy!!!! [​IMG]
  9. SportTees

    SportTees Songster

    Have you tries feeding them scratch grain and giving them red worms for treats? Ducks will usually take to this diet and then you can mix in some regular feed as long as its not medicated.

  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    what a sweet pic.

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