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Food/housing questions (ducklings)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jools2014, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. jools2014

    jools2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone,

    I recently bought 3 ducklings to pop under my broody hen-it worked amazingly well and she took to them right away and has been a great momma.
    I am facing a bit of a problem now as they are currently in my house and when I want to move them to the big pen with the others I am unsure about how to keep the food separate. I have layers pellets in a metal container that only the big birds can operate to discourage rats-this worked great but I now have chick crumbs for the ducklings which i need to keep out for them. Does anyone have any tips for how best to do this? I don't really want to keep them in my house until they are ready to go on the layers pellets.

    I can't really leave food out for them because the rats will start coming in again-the last thing i want!
    So I was wondering if the big birds could maybe all eat the chick crumbs as well for a few weeks-not ideal I know but i could put it all in the big metal container and they could all eat out of that (ducklings when momma hen eats as they follow her everywhere).

    Another thing is-I have got chick crumbs but read you need a supplement to add to it- niacin? Where can i get this from-the place we bought the chick crumbs from never mentioned it. I was given some crumbs with the ducklings when i bought them but just ran out of that.
     
  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi,
    Are you sure they need chick and not a special duck crumble? I don't know. I raise my birds with Bovidr Labs Poultry Nutri-Drench in their water. Great nutritional supplement. http://www.nutridrench.com Make the water look like very weak tea.
    There's a special "Duck" forum on BYC too. Maybe ask there too?

    Best,
    Karen
     
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2016
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    I do know that ducks can't have medicated chick feed. I'd go ahead and get the multi-flock starter/grower. It's not medicated, and is higher protein, which ducks need. All of your poultry can eat this. (there's one that's 20% protein... that's the one I'd get. But, as 3RC suggested, check on the duck forum, or you could enter your question or topic in the search bar at the top of the page.
     
  4. jools2014

    jools2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My bad for not doing a search! Will check out duck forum. I read they can have either chick or duck but if they have chick food they need this added niacin...but was just given a bag of chick feed (non medicated) when asked at the shop.
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    It's a mind boggler how some folks at feed stores have no idea about the needs of the animals they are selling feed for.
     

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