How much should 7 five week old ducks be eating?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Stoney22, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Stoney22

    Stoney22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    new hampshire
    i usually feed them about 32 ounces of starter a day maybe a little more but they look quite plump can i cut them back, there outside and have almost all their feathers. they may be older than 5 weeks maybe 6 or 7 but i know it hasnt been 2 months yet.
    i usually use and old stonyfield 32 ounce yogurt container about half to 3/4 full twice a day so 16-20 ounces 2 times a day. is this alot what do youy all feed?
  2. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2011
    Ducks (all birds actually) will eat until their full. So just feed them the amount they'll eat, when their food dish is empty or dirty then change their food. [​IMG]
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Also, remember that they are probably wasting most of it. Check out how much ends up in the bottom of the water bucket or pool -- they take beaks full to the water and then let most of it fall to the bottom uneaten.
  4. ericdc

    ericdc Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2011
    I was told to allow my mallards to eat freely until they were flying then cut the feed back to 1.7 pounds per duck per week once they are flying.

    With flight feathers almost completely developed, it appears my mallards will be able to fly to some extent by 8 weeks of age.

    This was recommended by a person who raises mallards exclusively, so it might not apply to domestic ducks.
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I always just kept feed available to the ducklings, but I would judge how much to set out based on how much was left from the previous feeding. And that changed, with the temperature, how much forage was available, how many treats they were given, etc. etc.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by