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New ducks with established flock

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by JJpuck, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. JJpuck

    JJpuck Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all. I have a pair of 8 week old ducks that will soon be living outside with three older sisters. The younger ducks are still on 18% protein feed, but my older ones are on layer feed. What should I do to make sure the younger ducks get enough protein, while making sure the older ones don't get too much?
     
  2. Vosh Sahaal

    Vosh Sahaal Out Of The Brooder

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    At 8 weeks you should be dropping them to 15% feed. Too much protein will give them angel wing. The only ones I keep on high protein are the ones I eat.
     
  3. JJpuck

    JJpuck Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought you kept them on 18% until they laid their first egg?
     
  4. JJpuck

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    Whoops, I should bring their protein content down! Thanks for letting me know!
     
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016
  5. Vosh Sahaal

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    That would be chickens. Ducks need their growth slow for longevity and health.
     

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