Feed costs???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PetesMom, May 20, 2012.

  1. PetesMom

    PetesMom Songster

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    How much do you spend approx each month on feed for the ducks?

    I just bought a 50lb bag last week and I'm already at the end of it [​IMG] I only have 7 ducks and 2 buff geese. Seems like we are going through ALOT of food lol Should I cut back or something?
     
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  2. Iain Utah

    Iain Utah Crowing

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    Doing a quick mental calculation.... my 36 birds have a combined monthly cost to maintain as one of my horses. [​IMG]
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

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    I spend about 22 including tax on feed a month. However, mine do quite a bit of free ranging and I do have bantam ducks rather than standards
     
  4. Tahai

    Tahai Songster

    I have 16 that are about 6 weeks old now, and I am going through 50 lb a week, with little waste. They do eat less on days they are able to be in the pasture all day. Can't wait till they are big enough to stay out on the week-days.
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2012
  5. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Mazuri waterfowl starter runs 21.95 a bag
    Mazuria waterfowl maintenance 36.95 a bag
    Whole oats 14.95 a bag
    Blackoil sunflower seeds 39.95
    Layer pellets 16.75 a bag
    Game bird 17.25 a bag

    All are 50lb bags accept the oats. We get two deliveries a month that include our dog food, rabbit and goat food too.

    A normal delivery is:
    3 layer
    2 Mazuri maintenance
    2 Mazuri starter
    2 oats
    1 boss
    1 game bird

    Free range all day every day for everyone. All birds around 5 days old go into playpens and hoop houses all day, then back to the brooder house at night.

    We recently have started reducing the order thanks to breeding season wrapping up. Less feed needed as most of their energy is spent grazing.
     
  6. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Songster

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    Hmm...11 hens 3 ducks go through 1 bag of feed in a week and a bag of feed is about $15...soo if there are about 4 weeks in a month...I spend about $60 :) And if I were to buy straw every month it would come to about 72 :)
     
  7. PetesMom

    PetesMom Songster

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    hm so I guess it's about right with going through 1 bag a week...Mine also don't free range at all....I'm afraid if I let them out of their area they will be a pain in the arse to get back
     
  8. zooweemama

    zooweemama Songster

    Mine kinda free range. They are penned in a generous portion of the lawn and about 6-8 times a day one of us lets them out to range for about 20 minutes (they generally go back when they are done). We go through about a 50lb bag a week. We have 4 week olds and 7 week olds = 17 total.
     
  9. wildpeas

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    I have 6 ducks and 2 geese. I'm going through a 50lb bag about once a month. Mine are outside from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. I do put food out for them which they will snack on but otherwise they forage. I do not give them food over night.
     
  10. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Songster

    Jun 5, 2011
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    I don't put my girls back in their pen..When it starts to get dark they will go back by themselves :)
     

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