My ducks eating small rocks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mommakurk, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. mommakurk

    mommakurk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have small 3/4 pea gravel rocks in and around coop as it is working great for easy clean up & drainage but ive been seeing them eating the rocks!! Is this ok/normal???[​IMG]
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I have heard of one case of a duck eating so much grit that it did not have room for food. that is a really extreme case.

    Are they just occasionally eating one or two pieces, or really nomming down and filling up?

    They need to eat some gravel and sand so they can chew their food.

    Do they get water and food 24/7? Or is there a specific feeding time?
     
  3. Avlana

    Avlana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it's fine. Ducks don't have teeth and are unable to chew their food. So small stones, or grit, offer them help in digesting food. You can add a dish of grit in there for them so they can help themselves to it.
     
  4. mommakurk

    mommakurk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They get both water and food all day, i will just notice them, eating some and was hoping they weren't too big or plug things up
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I'd offer them some grit in a bowl maybe that would keep them from sampling the larger bits.
     
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed, even though most of my ducks free range, i keep grit out for them.
     

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