Food suggestions to promote laying?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by QuailCrestFarms, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. QuailCrestFarms

    QuailCrestFarms Just Hatched

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    My Golden Cascade/Welsh Harlequin crosses are on a grain that's made up of:

    20% protein
    Cracked corn
    Cracked Wheat
    Dried Distillers grain
    Canola pellets
    And trace minerals

    They are also supplemented with food scraps and meal worms
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Layoff any extras. Only offer feed. Diluting the amount of feed by giving extra grains or treats can compromise nutrition, and slow down development.
     
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  3. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Offer crushed oyster shell for calcium.
     
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  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Hmmm, is the feed labeled as a layer feed? Just as a starting point for my frame of reference, here is what's in one of the feeds I give my Runners:

    Organic Field Peas, Organic Oats, Organic Wheat, Organic Barley, Calcium Carbonate, Fish Meal, Organic Alfalfa Meal, Organic Flaxseed, Sodium Silico Aluminate, Dried Organic Kelp, Active Dry Yeast, Organic Sunflower Oil, Monocalcium Phosphate, Salt, DL Methionine, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Menadione Dimenthylpyrimidinol Bisulfite, Riboflavin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenic Acid, Niacin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Organic Vegetable Oil, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation product, Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation product, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation product, Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast culture.

    The trace minerals are listed, above....

    Also, how old are they? I agree crushed oyster shell on the side is good to have.
     
  5. QuailCrestFarms

    QuailCrestFarms Just Hatched

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    I have a guy that makes it for me directly with my own bags.

    I'm going to try and switch them to
    16% protein
    DDG/flax/oyster shell/cracked corn/cracked wheat

    I found the vitamin and mineral requirements page, so I'll double check they are getting enough with my ingredients.

    My ducks are 6-7 months

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  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks has recipes for food.
     
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  7. QuailCrestFarms

    QuailCrestFarms Just Hatched

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    I'm taking poultry nutrition in the fall so I'll toss ideas out once I get more. I guess it's time to reopen those college books. Lol.

     

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