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Layer feed and Drakes

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by secretquail, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. secretquail

    secretquail Songster

    Apr 11, 2010
    Chapel Hill
    I have just stumbled across a thread saying the extra calcium isn't good for the drakes. Is the layer feed a no no for the boys? If I leave a dish of oyster shell for my girl, will the boy know enough to not dip in? Lucky is almost 7 months old, and I'm hoping for her first egg soon. I want her to be healthy, but my drake too. Right noe they are on a mix of flight maintenence and cracked corn.

  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I feed all my ducks the layer feed without problems, but they also have access to free range forage, acres and acres of it, most of every day. I think if they are being fed more or less exclusively on the pellets, the extra calcium is more of a danger.

    Yes, if you give the oyster shell separately your boys will not mess with it unless they need it. They know what they need and if they have options, assuming they're not junky options (like bread and pasta), they'll make the right choices for themselves. [​IMG]
  3. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

    Mar 20, 2008
    Dont worry about that at all
  4. conroy

    conroy Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Our drakes get layer feed but then they do freerange as well.
  5. Hattiegun

    Hattiegun Songster

    I have all mine on grower with oyster shell on the side... They cant free range in the winter ~~ Alot of ppl I know feed layer pellets with no problems but this way Im not switching any feed at all.. I just always keep a bowl of oyster shells and the girls know when to eat it and the boys ingnore it... simple.~~~
  6. duckking

    duckking Songster

    Sep 2, 2010
    Cascade Foothills, WA
    Our drake also gets layer feed, but they get lots of veggies and stuff, so they are not totally dependent on it. We put out oyster shell for our hens as they are starting to lay, and the drake will get into it a little bit, (we keep the chickens and ducks together), but I figure if he eats a bit, he must need the calcium? I don't know.....My vet said as long as he's not outright eating it and has lot's of healthy greens and treats, not to worry about it. I think he just wonders what all the excitement is about when he sees the chickens and on occasion, the ducks eating it. The ducks are still young, so they don't seem too interested in the calcium yet.
  7. DuckLover3

    DuckLover3 Chirping

    Feb 16, 2012
    Marlborough, CT
    Layer feed can cause liver damage with drakes. I use it anyways because it would be quite challenging to feed the ducks one thing and the drakes another, but I think it's still good to know.

  8. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    I have read/heard that myself. I honestly, have no plans to use it this year since i have cough 3 drakes.. i have oyster shell out for my ladies and they all free range.. i have eggs all the time so clearly they are doing A-OK without it...
  9. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    I sure would like to see a definitive source for this, as my vet (a waterfowl specialist) has assured me that it is not a problem. However, a lot of what I have read on the internet contradicts what he says. All our poultry get the same layer feed, but they do free range as well.
  10. Tahai

    Tahai Songster

    Dave Holderread, in the Storey book, says not to supplement drakes w/calcium as oyster shells, or in feed, and to take ducks off layer feed when not laying.

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