homemade duck food?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Duck mommy 2019, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. Duck mommy 2019

    Duck mommy 2019 Songster

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    specifically for ducklings just hatched to about 12 weeks old (could be multiple recipes) with normal kitchen food please! my parents said if i wanted to foster ducklings this year i have to pay for it (since they already help with the kittens) so anything i can make and also homemade duckling setups, helping to tame them, ect. thanks! they aren’t our ducks and will get new homes after they are old enough. also the ducklings will need names, so suggestions are welcome!
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    It may not be possible from a kitchen. After all, we don't know what you have in your kitchen. What you steal from the pantry is likely to be more expensive than a complete poultry feed appropriate for ducklings. Perhaps even a great deal more expensive and still not be the right blend of nutrients for the age and species.
    How many ducks are you talking about?
    If you can put things together to achieve the following nutrients, perhaps.

    https://www.metzerfarms.com/NutritionalRequirements.cfm

    https://www.metzerfarms.com/RearingInstructions.cfm?affiliate=undef&CustID=24646813
     
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  3. Duck mommy 2019

    Duck mommy 2019 Songster

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    we don’t know yet. probably just 1-3 ducklings
     
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  4. Duckfarmer1

    Duckfarmer1 Songster

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    Honestly, that few ducklings, one bag of feed for about $13-16 depends on where you buy it...will last the whole time...and making your own will be more costly as they said and a huge chunk of time...Huey, duey, louey? Larry, curly, moe? What are the three chipmunks? Honestly..I name mine based on personality....once you see their goofiest smile or laidback nature..you might choose names then..good luck kiddo, and enjoy..take lots of pictures
     
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  5. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

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    Exactly

    it would be hard to make a duckling food with enough protein in it

    Here is purina duck starter Screenshot_20191114-210216_Samsung Internet.jpg

    like @Duckfarmer1 a 25kg bag of feed is 15ish dollars and would last 2 ducklings about 10 weeks


    Goodluck with your ducklings! Post lots of pictures
     
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    Jpat Free Ranging

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    :goodpost:
     
  7. KaleIAm

    KaleIAm Songster

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    I agree you should get duck starter feed. It will have all the right nutrition for your ducklings. You won't be able to achieve that with an untested recipe and you could hurt your ducklings. You probably won't save money anyway.

    Also, please get more than one duckling so it won't be lonely.
     
  8. mosseater

    mosseater In the Brooder

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    Carol Deppe has some good info about feeding ducks household foods. She feeds ducklings hard boiled eggs, and she feeds all ducks cooked squash and cooked potatoes. She says potatoes are the better of the two because they have more protein. In The Resilient Gardener she writes, "Given good forage, I suspect I could raise ducklings completely on forage, duck eggs, squash, and potatoes." I really think you need to consider how well you can supply all of the lesser nutrients ducklings need. Carol Deppe is relying on forage, but she creates "duckling yards" that she sows and stocks. Maintaining a duckling forage area with plenty of tender greens and bugs and worms is certainly more work than buying a commercial feed, and probably not worth the effort for a few ducklings. Especially not in the winter.
     
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  9. Duck mommy 2019

    Duck mommy 2019 Songster

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    they are rescue ducklings so we don’t get to pick how many we get.
     

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