I want ducks, chickens and maybe some guardian geese how do you feed the menagerie?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 258 Pots, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. 258 Pots

    258 Pots New Egg

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    Do you separate?

    I am planning on getting some Indian runner ducks for eggs and prolly a straight run of a dozen chickens to start. Do you feed these animals separately or are they all "fowl" enough to eat the same feeds? (might want some turkeys or maybe a pair a swans also...)

    Thanks for helping a total newbie :)

    Lee
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Hi Lee. If I were you, I'd look at Multi-flock for the whole menagerie, and add oyster shell for extra calcium. I'm not sure if the Multi-flock starter at 28% protein would be too much protein for your chicks, but the Multi-flock grower at 20% would be fine for your whole flock of birds once they are past the 8 week mark. You'll have to do a bit of homework regarding starting chicks vs. starting the water fowl and turkeys.
     
  3. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    28% protein is going to cause all sorts of problems with young geese. Too much protein and they start getting wing issues.

    If I remember correctly, Dumor recommends starting chicks on Starter, and ducklings/goslings on Starter/Grower. Don't quote me on that though, it's been a while (spring) since I looked.
     

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