How Many Peas Is Too Many Peas?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by wildpeas, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. wildpeas

    wildpeas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducklings have discovered the joy of peas.

    Today I needed to get them to follow me back to the house so I bribed them with peas. Can they get a pea overload? Is there anything in peas that should make me use them with caution? We haven't cuddled this group much so I need to resort to bribery to get them where I want them. [​IMG]
     
  2. Apyl

    Apyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No idea but I'm curious. I have 1 Pekin and 7 mallards, I dump half a bag worth in their pool and let them go at it.
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Okay, I'll ask. I've been embarrassed to do so before now. Regarding peas...what type? Frozen? Canned? If frozen, they should be unthawed, right? Are you supposed to squeeze them out of their casings? Can I give them to babies (so long as they have grit)?
     
  4. Apyl

    Apyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I normally give thawed frozen peas. I have dumped frozen in their pool but it was pretty warm out so they thawed pretty fast. Oh and I have never taken the pea out of the caseing for the ducks, but I have for the chicks.


     
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  5. ambrose

    ambrose Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, i think the big question is are they, um, wildpeas, or not? [​IMG]
     
  6. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Our 10 ducks get about 3-4 pounds of frozen peas daily with two heaping tablespoons of nutritional yeast sprinkled on top. i buy the frozen peas and thaw them. Canned peas can have added salt and sugar, which isn't good for your ducks. Not sure if ducks can get a pea overload. i'm sure if you asked them, they would say "no".
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I give about a pound of peas when I give them, which is several times a week. We have nine runners and two buffs.

    I use frozen, and thaw them out in winter with warm water. Sometimes I can only get the kind that has a little salt added, in which case I rinse three times before offering them. No problems apparent. But these days I found a different big chain supermarket and their store brand has unsalted peas, for less money.

    I started giving peas when the ducklings were a week or two old, after giving them a little grit every day.

    Ducklings can o.d. on peas. They will eat and eat and then literally spill peas out their mouths. yeesh. So I would not give ducklings their peas free choice! I'd guess a tablespoon for 2 week old ducklings, more as they grow.
     
  8. wildpeas

    wildpeas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone, dont tell my ducklings but they are apparently being cheated in the pea department. I have only been giving the 5 of them maybe a cup and a half a few days a week. I buy them frozen and fill a small rubbermaid container every night for the fridge to be used the next day. I feel more comfortable bribing them now.
     
  9. wildpeas

    wildpeas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My wild peas dont seem to make anything except flowers that dont smell. I have been thinking about planting some pea vines(?) bushes(?) in my garden just for the ducks though. Some sweetpeas for my house.
     

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