How to put my pet ducks on a diet

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by NettyM, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. NettyM

    NettyM Chirping

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    My two Indian Runner Ducks need to go on a diet . Yesterday I removed the food for a few hours and today I removed it for a few hours more with a view to them having it in the morning and then before bed time , but tonight when they saw the bowl they went bonkers and wouldn't stop eating , Presley's crop was so full it was waggling from side to side like I've not seen before. What's the best way to cut down the food without them going crazy when they get it back ? Any advice appreciated
     

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  2. Jpat

    Jpat Crowing

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    Haha nice picture!
    I recently started throwing my feed on the ground and it takes them longer to eat, and it seams they all get their fair amount that way too

    Now its raining so feed a couple more times aday with less food
     
  3. NettyM

    NettyM Chirping

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    Thanks , I'll try that . They were like maniacs chasing me for the food bowl !
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I want to see these over weight Runners besides that adorable face. The whole body. I can't imagine my Runners being over weight their metabolism is so high they have to have feed out during day light hrs I'd worry about them getting under weight.
     
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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    You cut the protein levels and cut back on free range time . Definitely don't withhold feed..
     
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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Protein isn't what puts on weight its carbs. @NettyM please give us a run down on what you feed them.
     
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  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    ;)....:thumbsup...:woot
     
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  8. NettyM

    NettyM Chirping

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    IMG_5202.PNG IMG_5200.PNG We have a big garden and they're out in it every day . If we go out they have a secure covered walk in pen with a fence around which is grassy (where their layers pellets are ) , the pellets and grit are there all day so they can wander in and out at their leisure feeding on it ! They get the occasional treats but mainly they free range in the garden with their dry food in their pen .
     
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  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    What are your concerns? They look fine.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Actually they do look pretty chunky for Runners cr lol but grazing on bugs and weeds and grass aren't going to put weight on them. Are they drake and duck? 2 ducks or what since you said layer pellets?
     

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