Feather eating, shavings eating...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Welshies, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just moved my 9 wk old ducks from a dog kennel, stock trailer setup to their 4-season duck tractor. They were moved today, and seemed okay, albeit a little reluctant to go outside. They didn't really eat, but they drank a bit.
    Then this evening after I shut them in for the night, I checked on them once more. One duck hen in particular was pecking at other ducks and pulled out a few feathers. They are starting to get their second molt but they shouldn't eat each other's feathers, right?
    A few of them were eating shavings. This concerned me so I took some feed and put it in a shallow pan. They have some in their automatic feeder, but they hadn't ate much of it. They started to eat the feed but it is a new feed.
    Should I be worried? :rolleyes:
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Totally normal..Add some protein as in dry Cat food to their diet..It works wonders on feather eating. Give a handful in their feed every other day. Provide grit they need it.
     
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  3. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does moist dog food work?
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Dog food comes in pretty big chunks. Cat kibble is smaller. So I suppose you could chop up the dog kibble into tinier pieces to avoid choking. I know they'll choke to death on dry dog kibble.
     
  5. Welshies

    Welshies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did throw some in their water chopped in half today. If I threw whole pieces in their water and let them soak for a little while before they come and drink, would that be okay? :)
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Cat food has a higher protein level than most dog food, smaller kibbles make it easy to swallow.
    I never tried feeding dog food. A small bag of Cat chow or other brand will last a long time.
    I only add a handful or so every other day to the grains or on the ground.
     

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