Medicated feed for ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SassyKat6181, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Songster

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    The woman at TSC said to go with the medicated feed, but I read online not to feed it, because ducks will over-eat and can overdose???? What does everyone do? Also, are there vaccinations for ducks like I did for my chicks?
     
  2. azhenhouse

    azhenhouse Songster

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    I also read that you should not use medicated feed for the same reasons you listed. I cannot get waterfowl feed in my town. I use one part chick starter (non medicated), one part game-bird starter/grower, and one-half part uncooked oatmeal for my ducklings. I got this recipe from, Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks. My local feed store carries all of the feeds mentioned above, except oatmeal. That I get at the grocery store:).
     
  3. DuckLover179

    DuckLover179 Waddles & Puddles

    Nov 28, 2010
    California
    There are vaccinations you CAN get for your ducks, but they shouldn't usually need them. As for medicated feed, they WILL overdose. You should NEVER feed medicated feed, it riks the lives of your ducklings. I feed Purina Flock Raiser, they sell it at my feed store. It has the perfect amount of protein, and it has niacin. I highly recommend it, but if they don't sell that, I would get Mazuri. [​IMG]
     
  4. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Would gamebird starter work for ducklings?

    AC
     
  5. Or you can feed none medicated chick starter, then move onto grower/finisher then onto layer pellets if you have females...or you could use the flock raiser. TSC sells all of these
     
  6. DuckLover179

    DuckLover179 Waddles & Puddles

    Nov 28, 2010
    California
    Quote:I heave heard it can, if it has 20-22% protein, and niacin. [​IMG]
     
  7. Im no expert by any means but I would rather be getting their protein down rather than it stay the same.
     
  8. DuckLover179

    DuckLover179 Waddles & Puddles

    Nov 28, 2010
    California
    Quote:I'm not sure... I heard ducklings should start on high protein about 20% adolescents get about 18% and laying females about 15%... I'm just going to feed mine the same amount until they lay... [​IMG]
     
  9. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Was just wonder [​IMG] The gamebird starter is what I feed my chickens and quail.

    AC
     
  10. I just checked the bags down in the duck room. My starter is 20% and the Grow/finisher is 15 and layer is 16. BUt hey [​IMG] its a free country anyone can feed their animals anything they like.
     

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