We had ducks a couple of years ago, until neighbors dog killed them. We decided we would try again (old dog has died since then). I have brooder, outdoor enclosure when big enough, dog house for shelter, and wading pool when they are ready for it.
I just keep thinking we fed them something besides chick-starter when they were babies. I cannot, for the life of me, remember what we fed them to start out.
i will be getting a pair of regular call ducks from the local feed store here soon as well, i would love to know the answer to this question as well. Will chick starter hurt or be bad for our new baby duck's? I just didn't really want to buy a 15 dollar 50 lb bag of flock food for just our 2 baby ducks...especially when my feed bill for the chickens is as high as it is.
Well, I am using Agway Turkey & Waterfowl starter, plus one part ground oatmeal to 4 parts starter because the starter is 26% protein and I am aiming for 18 to 20 percent the first two weeks. These are crumbles.
Late next week we will begin switching to grower pellets, which I will add in increasing amounts (may grind them up a bit at first - we will see), and still the oatmeal because the grower is also a little high in protein.
Next week I also plan to introduce finely chopped fresh green things, like bok choy leaves, perhaps chopped peas and green beans.
You know ducklings need lots more niacin than chicks, right?