How much do they EAT?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Born A Duck Lover, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Born A Duck Lover

    Born A Duck Lover Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone know how much a single duck eats from when it hatches to when it(she) lay eggs? I am trying to see if I can really afford to purchase a new batch of ducklings before the season is over. If anyone has approximate guesses that would be helpful. [​IMG]
     
  2. Jeeper1540

    Jeeper1540 Chillin' With My Peeps

    A Lot
     
  3. Jeeper1540

    Jeeper1540 Chillin' With My Peeps

    lol i;m not sure exactly, but they do eat alot, even with treats
     
  4. LuckyDuck411

    LuckyDuck411 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 Pekins I got at 3 days old and they are now 16 days. They have gone through about 10lbs of food so far. Plus treats like peas and watermelon and bugs they catch.
     
  5. Red Maple Farms

    Red Maple Farms Wish Granted

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    Quote:From http://www.jphpk.gov.my/English/guidelines_in_rearing_layers_duc.htm

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    ducks with bodyweight during lay (between 1.3 - 1.8 kg.)

    Age Food Consumption
    0 - 4 weeks 1.2 kg. - 1.6 kg.
    5 weeks - 22 weeks 11.0 kg - 11.8 kg
    22 weeks and above (laying period) 160 to 170 gm per bird per day

    From http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/poultry/feeding/nutritional-requirements-ducks

    Table 4. Average feed consumption of Pekin ducks (mixed sexes)

    Age (weeks) Feed for week (kg) Cumulative feed (kg)
    0-1 0.15 0.15
    1 0.40 0.55
    2 0.75 1.30
    3 0.95 2.25
    4 1.00 3.25
    5 1.30 4.55
    6 1.65 6.20
    7 1.80 8.00
    8 1.60 9.60



    After 8 weeks, I assume about 0.2 kg per day of food consumption for pekins until laying age.
     
  6. Born A Duck Lover

    Born A Duck Lover Out Of The Brooder

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    Red Maple Farms: Wow. You sure know where to find good information![​IMG] Thank's so much; this will be very helpful!
     
  7. Red Maple Farms

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    Quote:Thanks. It is good to see someone thinking like a farmer and analyzing the situation.

    If you have a chance, you may want to browse the site http://www.worldpoultry.net/ I find it a fascinating source of information.
     

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