New ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kmartinez, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. kmartinez

    kmartinez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw some ducklings at tractor supply and I fell in love omg. However I need some advice..tractor supply is feeding them chick starter. I set up their brooder like one would for chicks...heat lamp waterer , feed container.. however I cant find duck food..also the heat lamp do i regulate that like chicks 85-90 and than decrease temp every week?

    Because I saw tractor supply giving them chick starter I went ahead and got two of them and they are eating organic chick starter right now i am keeping their temp at 85 and they seem to be happy running about eating and drinking nicely...

    The woman at tractor supply said she raised ducks before and they was just like chickens except they like water more..LOL but after reading more it seems their diet is not the same as i was told


    thanks for any advice...
     
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  2. poult

    poult Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chick starter is fine but it can't be medicated chick starter that is no good!
     
  3. poult

    poult Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Protein Requirements Of Ducklings:

    0-2 Weeks = 21% protein

    3-9 Weeks = 17% protein

    9 Weeks + = 14% protein

    After first egg = 16% protein

    This is what McMurray Hatchery says.
     
  4. needlessjunk

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  5. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also ducks need more niacin than chicks. I supplement them with brewers yeast. You can get it at a health food store.
     
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  6. kmartinez

    kmartinez Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a teaspoon or so over about a cup of food.
     
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  8. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is what i do as well
     
  9. kmartinez

    kmartinez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can I use this, I went to publix and i saw this Bob's Red Mill Active Dry Yeast , thought i would ask before i get it. my health food store is closed today :(
     
  10. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It has to be brewers yeast not baking yeast.
     

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