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My Ducks like to eat.....

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bryanccfshr, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Bryanccfshr

    Bryanccfshr Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought this would be fun. So farm my spring ducks(pekin) like the followwing. (about 13 weeks old)

    Broccolli Plants
    Radishes
    Peas and pea pods
    THey love To nibble on the Alfalfa hay bales beofre bed time
    Green leafys from the fridge!
    Chopped bell peppers and Cores and seeds.
    Cucumber peelings!
    Sunflower seeds and sprouts!
    Flies!
    Corn on the cob(especcally with corn ear worms attached)
    Wheat grass clippings!

    This one suprised me
    Succelent green tumbleweed plants.

    They prefer food with Porcine meal in it over feed with majority soy source.

    I think they eat gungus knats but my eyes are not good enough to tell.



    My 4 week old runners are watching the older cool kids and are learning to eat the same stuff other than one thing. THe molted white pekin feathers.. They have been cleaning them up! Growing like weeds. They get plenty of protien I think they find the white feathers interesting. They don't pick on each others.
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  2. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    I think they find the white feathers interesting.

    Na, they are after the extra protein.

    Add to the list what my muscovies eat:
    Apple peices
    cooked mashed green beans, green peas, split peas
    frozen peas
    Blueberries
    Elderberries
    Strawberries
    Zucchini leaves
    Green bean leaves
    Grape leaves
    Carrot pulp from making carrot juice
    finely shredded carrot
    watermelon
    Cantalope, right down to the outer skin

    Don't like summer squash though unless its cooked.
    Mosquitos
    those June Bug grub things
    flying no names'
    rats
    mice
    probably snakes​
     
  3. Duck_feeder

    Duck_feeder Drowning in feathers!

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    This past week our ducks ate:

    duck pellets
    cracked corn
    sunflower seeds
    calf mana
    dry cat food
    flax seeds
    rolled oats
    three types of dried peas
    parrot food (pellets)
    frozen peas
    frozen corn
    green beans
    carrots
    lima beans
    asparagus
    broccoli
    cauliflower
    water chestnuts
    sugar snap peas
    seafood mix (clams, fake crab, white fish)
    canned tuna fish
    kale
    mustard greens
    collard greens
    turnip greens
    all sorts of lettuce
    grape tomatoes
    mushrooms
    brown rice, noodles (not too much of course)
    feeder fish
    night crawlers
    floating koi food
    banana
    apple
    puffed rice cereal
    cheerios
    watermelon
    water cress

    Food they didn't get in the past week that we give them:
    crickets
    blueberries
    raspberries
    blackberries
    strawberries
    pineapple
    peaches
    pears
    wet cat food
    radishes
    pea pods
    chicken, turkey (small amounts)
    sweet potatoes
    cranberries
    wheat toast (in moderation)
    pomegranates
    low sugar cereals
    cucumber
    bell peppers
    sweet peppers
    beans like black, navy, lima, red, white, kidney, etc. (cooked until mushy to denature the protein that is harmful to ducks)
    beets
    cabbage
    squash (yellow, butternut, spaghetti, etc)
    pumpkin
    zucchini
    bok choy (asian cabbage)
    pet/wheat grass
    sprouts (alfalfa, bean, etc.)
    cantalope
    honey dew
    seedless grapes
    yogurt, cottage cheese (small amounts only)
    oyster crackers (in moderation)
    millet (when they get scratch)

    And when they are outside they eat:
    grass and other plants
    anything that moves and fits in their mouth [​IMG]


    I'm probably missing quite a few things on my list... [​IMG]

    No matter what we give them, they always try to eat the peas first!

    edit: forgot a few
    celery (stem and greens)
    beet greens
    carrot tops
    elderberries
    brussel sprouts
    broccolini
     
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2010
  4. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    Duck_feeder.... now you're just showing off! lol [​IMG]

    He really is the duck feeder....
     
  5. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    My Muscovy hens went NUTS for apple slices!! My little niece wanted to feed them the rest of her slices but i had no idea they would love them so much. but i guess our old ones used to pick around the apple trees after the apples would fall, lol.
     
  6. Wokawidget

    Wokawidget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where on earth did the ducks get all that food in one week?
    Do you run a restaurant? [​IMG]

    My ducks eat pretty much anything...apart from carrots, they really don't like them.
    The odd things that suprised me that they go nuts for are:

    Oranges
    Salt and vinegar crisps

    Woka
     
  7. RunnerDucks

    RunnerDucks Out Of The Brooder

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    Middle Tennessee
    My indoor duck's favorite foods are:

    corn
    cherries
    tomato
    peaches
    plumb
    banana
    feeder fish
    apple
    pasta
    chicken
    turkey
    squash

    Things he hasn't been too fond of:

    fruitloops
    quinoa
    oranges
    special k cereal
    blueberries
    raspberries
    cucumber if there is any peel on it
    cantalope
     
  8. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    I haven't tried a huge variety of stuff for mine yet, but I do know what they really love!

    Favorites:
    Dry cat food
    crushed strawberries
    grapes
    thawed peas
    whole wheat bread (very rare they get this, this is mainly a treat for my neighbor's turkeys but the ducks get what i drop )


    Things they like that i've tried :
    corn
    string beans
    chopped squash
    peaches
    watermelon
    cantalope
    apples
    pears
    plums
    rolled oats
    cherrios
    weeds out of the garden (surprisingly they dont mess with my daughter's flowers!)
    and....i think thats about all i've tried so far. But since all the gardens around here are doing exceptionally well and we're harvesting more than squash, stringbeans, and plums from the trees soon i'll be trying more stuff and now i have a couple lists to try stuff off of !
     
  9. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    my freshly planted Lettuce starts. Dang!
     
  10. Quackmire

    Quackmire Out Of The Brooder

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    My Own Personal Zoo
    My Q's favorite food is.....

    whatever we're eating. [​IMG]

    But she really likes

    Cheerios (goes NUTS for them)
    Goldfish crackers (treat only, but she LOVES them)

    feeder guppies
    feeder crickets
    feeder mealworms

    popcorn
    collard greens
    turnip greens
    escarole
    dog/cat food
    bread (only occasionally)
    yogurt
    applesauce


    But she DOESNT like corn/peas/greenbeans/carrots. [​IMG] I can't figure her out!
     

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