Homemade duck starter and duck feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by anaiyuk, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. anaiyuk

    anaiyuk Chirping

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    I am looking for recipes to make homemade duck starter and duck feed.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    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.
     
  3. anaiyuk

    anaiyuk Chirping

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    Knowing the percentage of protien that ducks need I think you have given great tools for figuring out a formula, thank you!
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You are welcome! [​IMG]
     
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    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.
     
  6. anaiyuk

    anaiyuk Chirping

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    Oh, thank you Cetewin, I was only aware that the protien was a consideration!
     
  7. Baybrio

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    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.
     
  8. anaiyuk

    anaiyuk Chirping

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    Thank you! I'll go look!
     

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