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Feeding Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cjexotic, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. cjexotic

    cjexotic Cj's Mandarin Ducks

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    Good Morning,
    I have mandarin ducks and I feed a duck feed along with other things. My question is a neighbor that has (had) chickens has some left over food from the sale of her birds. She gave me a few bags of layer pellets which I know is ok for ducks also. But she gave me about 200# of chop (ground corn and other things for chicken laying 16%). Can chop be fed to ducks? I thought I remember long ago told no chop for ducks, but I am not sure. Could someone verify this. I thought it might be a nice treat but not sure if I can. If not, will find a home for the chop she gave me. Thanks
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Chop is like scratch? It should be fine but as with all treats shouldn’t be more than 10% of the ducks diet a day. My ducks and other poultry get whole corn 6 way scratch and meal worms as an afternoon snack.
     
  3. cjexotic

    cjexotic Cj's Mandarin Ducks

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    No the chop is like ground corn and other stuff but its ground like a powder. That is what I worry about. Will it get stuck in their throats. I have plenty of water in their pen and a pond so no worries there with having plenty of water.
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Mine eat ground mash with out any trouble, as long as there is plenty of water more than likely if anything like my ducks they’ll have it wet in no time. Why not put out some and see how they do.
     
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    cjexotic Cj's Mandarin Ducks

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    thank you, that was the term "Mash" and not chop. Thanks. I know my doves and pigeons and one pet quail love it. Do you feed this as their diet or for a snack?
     
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    The mash I use is chick starter and broiler feed and my ducklings and chicks eat it dry my adults I ferment their mash. This is their normal feed. So I am guessing this is what you have. I have Muscovy, Runners and Buffs in my ducks.
     
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    cjexotic Cj's Mandarin Ducks

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    Thank you for getting back to me. What do you mean "ferment their mash"? Does that mean you add water to it?
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Water and ACV I’ll get you the link when I get back to my computer.
     
  9. cjexotic

    cjexotic Cj's Mandarin Ducks

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    Thank you so much.
     
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    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

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