Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MaaanMaaai, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. MaaanMaaai

    MaaanMaaai Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I just bought 2 eleven week old pekin ducks from a local breeder and I was wondering if I could feed them chicken feed. Also do I need to clip their wings?
     
  2. Lute

    Lute Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you can give them chicken feed. It's what I feed mine. You can also supplement with fruits and vegetables.

    You don't have to clip Pekin wings. They're too heavy and don't actually know how to fly. Though keep an eye on them because mine like to "flutter" onto the roof of their pond cover (it's a flat roof about 2 and a half - 3 feet off the ground) and wander out of their pen. Don't worry, the rest of the yard is fenced in. They can't get out.
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Chicken feed is fine as long as it's not medicated. Also I'd suggest adding some Brewer's yeast in addition to the feed. Also Pekins are much to heavy to fly. You won't have to worry about clipping there wings
     
  4. ducksarefun

    ducksarefun Out Of The Brooder

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    Lay mash is excellent, high in protein and easy to digest.
     
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  5. ducksarefun

    ducksarefun Out Of The Brooder

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    Definetley not medicated chick feed
     
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  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    If the medication in the feed is amprollium, that won't hurt your ducks.

    If you feed feed that is made for chickens, I suggest that you supplement with some niacin. Ducks need more niacin than chickens do, so feed made for chicks is short on niacin levels for ducks.
     
  7. MaaanMaaai

    MaaanMaaai Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you but I was wondering why I they need water. I'm kind of new to this chicken thing
     
  8. PetesMom

    PetesMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They need water to drink, and to preen themselves
     
  9. MaaanMaaai

    MaaanMaaai Out Of The Brooder

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    I've reading alot here on BYC and everyone says not to raise ducks with chickens. Why is that?
     
  10. Triplell

    Triplell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its mainly because the ducks are messy with their water. I do raise mine together in the brooder this means I just have to be very diligent about keeping it dry. Yet you still have to make sure there is always water available.
     

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