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Feeding ducks Chick Grower or Egg Layer??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mamaof2wi, May 17, 2016.

  1. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I work at a feed mill and we offer 3 different kinds of Chicken feed. Chick Starter (medicated, so will not use). Chick Grower 20% Protein (we recommend feeding broilers 6 weeks of age to market this feed) and Egg Layer 16% Protein. I am getting 4 baby ducks and I am guessing they will be around 3 weeks old. What one should I feed them and till what age? Do you just free feed your ducks? Once they get older they will be free range most of the time.

    Note: These will be pets and will collect their eggs.


    Thanks!
     
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  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Debs Flock
    Feed them the chick grower, you can continue to use it throughout their lives. You will need to add some niacin to their diet, I was told to use Brewers Yeast.
    Layer feed them is only good for laying hens. It does have lower protein, but it also contains calcium, which growing birds and birds that are not laying do not need, and should not have. So I never feed my meat birds layer feed, I always keep them on chick starter or meatbirds feed. Hens that stop laying should also be put on the chick starter. Many keep their birds on an all flock feed and simply supplement calcium.
     
  3. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I should have noted that these ducks are for pets and we will collect their eggs.

    The chick grower we make here does contain calcium. 1-1.25%
     
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  4. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No i understood they were not for meat. The calcium is still much lower then your layer feed. I was just giving a rounded bit of info about each feed. Deb can tell you better, as can some others, but I would feed them chick starter with brewers yeast and perhaps calcium on the side.
     
  5. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds great thanks!

    We carry this kind of yeast (I can order in others though if I can only use brewers yeast)


    http://www.diamondv.com/products/species-specific/xp-dfm/
    http://www.diamondv.com/products/original/

    (this price they have listed is crazy high. it is like $19/bag here)
    http://www.firstplacefeeds.com/diamond-v-original-xp-yeast/
     
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  6. The Pinto Pony

    The Pinto Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe on ebay it would be cheaper? I don't really know, I get powdered niacin that I use as a water supplement for my ducks. I got it from my local health food store.
     
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  7. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I get my brewers yeast from my grocery store. I do not know about what they carry. It must have some niacin in it. But am unsure about how much niacin is required for ducks.
     
  8. The Pinto Pony

    The Pinto Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put one tablespoon per gallon of the niacin supplement in their water. But I'm pretty sure that you could just sprinkle Brewer's yeast in their food.
     

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