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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by anaiyuk, Mar 9, 2011.
I am looking for recipes to make homemade duck starter and duck feed.
I have no CLUE about ducks, but feel free to look at my BYC page to see what I do for chickens. I do buy organic chick starter 20% protein for my baby chicks until around 6 weeks of age.
Knowing the percentage of protien that ducks need I think you have given great tools for figuring out a formula, thank you!
You are welcome!
Also with ducks, please remember they require more niacin than chickens and less calcium. The niacin is extremely important for their feet and legs.
I mix my chicken feed except chick starter but the ducks I start on a 50/50 mix of unmedicated chick starter and unmedicated wild game bird and turkey starter. That is what was recommended to me by Holderreads when I purchased my ducklings.
Oh, thank you Cetewin, I was only aware that the protien was a consideration!
Metzer is a waterfowl hatchery. They have a wealth of great information at their website which is Metzerfarms.com or just google Metzer. Under the Care and Management tab they have several pages you might be interested in, including a calculator that helps you calculate feed ratios to obtain the desired protein level.
Thank you! I'll go look!