Help, duckling feed

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  1. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first time having ducklings. I have read that baby ducklings need 20 - 22%protein for the first two weeks of life then it goes down to 16 - 18% till 12 weeks.
    I doubt I will find feed with 20-22% protein. I have not been to the feed store yet but I have looked on line. If I cant find unmediated starter food with the level of protein I need how can I supplement my ducks diet so they get all the protein they need? I know that ducklings can only eat certain things....
    Also, what is the level of niacin that my ducklings need? I know that the starter feed will more then likely not have enough. I just need to know how much they need in order to give them what they are missing. I have herd that if you give too much Niacin it can cause problems...
    help!
     
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  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Hi

    Could you mention the brands you are looking at?

    Here are a few links to what I have found. Please note - I am not suggesting you want to pay any particular amount for feed. We are just looking at protein percentages, not price right now.

    http://www.groworganic.com/org-poultry-chicken-starter-crumbles-40-lb.html

    http://www.jefferspet.com/products/organic-starter-crumbles

    http://www.greenmountainfeeds.com/products/non-gmo/non-gmo-broiler-crumbles/

    Some ducklings are sensitive to low niacin levels. Many folks try to avoid problems by adding a tablespoon of Brewer's Yeast (not baking yeast) per cup of food for the first 8 to 12 weeks. This does not add a huge amount, but seems to help prevent niacin deficiency.
     
  3. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really appreciate it, thank you!!!
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I remember feeling extremely overwhelmed, learning how to care for the ducklings and sorting through information.

    Please post on the Duck Forum whenever you have questions or concerns, or just want to try out ideas.

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  5. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Purina Flock Raiser is a complete feed for hatchlings through adults. Too much protein can cause a wing deformity so I would stick with 18% protein. We wet the crumbles for the babies, then they go to dry crumbles to transition to pellets as adults.
     
  6. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting this vitamin supplement. it says One pack is sufficient for 128 gallons of water or 500 pounds of feed. If kept dry, it can be used a little at a time. One half teaspoon is sufficient for 3 gallons of water.
    I am assuming that this will fill the Niacin requirement for my ducks. am I right?

    VITAMIN LEVEL VITAMIN LEVEL
    Biotin 12.5 mg Vitamin A 1,125,000 IU
    Folic Acid 105 mg Vitamin B12 2.5 mg
    Niacinamide 7500 mg Vitamin C 2500 mg
    d-Calcium Panothenic Acid 3125 mg Vitamin D3 750,000 IU
    Pyridoxine HCI (vitamin B6) 500 mg Vitamin E 3750 IU
    Ribofalvin 7500 mg Vitamin K 1000 mg
    Thiamine HCI 500 mg
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Arithmetic time. Is this the levels for the entire package? Because then we would divide by 128 to get the per-gallon amount.

    7500 / 128 is 58 mg per gallon, about a third of the recommended niacin boost. So if you wanted to, you could get this, and then add an additional 100 mg niacin to the water for the recommended levels for a duckling with niacin deficiency.

    I just read back a few posts, to remind myself where we are coming from, here.... as a supplement to prevent niacin deficiency problems, and if you start with a good feed, I think this sounds very good.

    I used a similar product, once every week or two for my ducklings, with turkey/waterfowl starter and duck grower-maintenance their first four months, and no one had any deficiency symptoms.
     
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  8. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for that. What is the total recommended amount of niacin for ducks?
     
  9. Amiga

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    I cannot recall the total daily number - just the recommendations for additional levels for ducklings sensitive to niacin deficiency. I also recall that ducklings need three times the niacin that chicks do..
     

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