Fodder for Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by annarogetta, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. annarogetta

    annarogetta Out Of The Brooder

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    Looking to start growing fodder for my ducks and wonder where to start and what type is best for ducks.

    Reason for wanting to grow fodder- long story short, had free ranging ducks on 4 acres, but now have a fischer cat and fox problem, have a pen, but for using a lot of water last year for the ducks to use and cleaning, it is just a dirt pit, and notice a major drop in egg production, expanding the pen this year and trying different methods for keeping their house clean, just want fodder so they don't sit in dirt/mud in the meantime, and something to munch on other than their pellet diet
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I typed in growing fodder and came up with this. https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=Growing+fodder
    Hopefully this will answer some of your questions.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1037998/muddy-run-help-please#post_16017992

    This is what I plan to do this year I'll be making 2 this way since I have chickens they won't be able to dig it all up.
    [​IMG]and my ducks and geese will benefit from it also.
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I use winter wheat seeds. I have this setup. You could do something similar - just get a shallow tray with holes in the bottom (that you can set somewhere that the drainage won't be a problem.

    What I do is rinse the seeds in hot water, then soak them in lukewarm water overnight. I spread them about a quarter to half inch deep in the trays. I rinse them twice a day. After a couple of days, roots sprout. After a few more days, green leaves are up. After a few more days, there is a mat of wheat grass. You could then transfer that to their pen.

    You can also sprout brassicas for them.
     
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