Picky duck - wants to be vegan :)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Ducktown, Dec 16, 2018.

  1. Ducktown

    Ducktown Songster

    May 8, 2017
    Duck I incubated this spring doesn't eat as much as she would need to. Each time I check on them, she has empty crop and only eats grass and greens outside. She does eat grains, corn or feed, but only a few bites, then she start grazing grass around while other 3 ducks ferociously attack the feed. Sometimes she even spits out the feed or grain and rather starts plucking grass instead. All the ducks are indian runners. She is healthy, but quite a bit thinner. How can I tell her to eat more, at least now during the winter?
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  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Wet her feed and add greens to the mix.
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  3. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

    Sep 2, 2018
    Big Chimney, WV
    My Coop
    Tried meal-worms? - Aka Duck-Crack.
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  4. Ducktown

    Ducktown Songster

    May 8, 2017
    Haha, I am growing superworms just to bribe my ducks. She's not vegan when I bring them the worms. Far from it.
    The thing is, they all used to eat their feed, but this one doesn't want to eat it and only started eating corn kernels I had for backup when I didn't have anything at hands to give them. I remember my ducks last year, they would not touch the greens at all, but this one grazes grass and other stuff rather than eat the feed. The thing is,.. It was below freezing whole day and she ate frozen grass while other ducks just laid around. Low temp is also an issue, because by wetting the feed it will become rock solid quite fast. They don't eat much at this point, looks like they all started liking grass. I will try making them warm soupy feed tomorrow just to see how they react. I guess they are far from being hungry. Perhaps just picky and maybe she needs sone vitamins from the greens or perhaps she is just mor into vegetables. She is not thin or malnurtured, so it's ok.
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  5. happy duck

    happy duck Crazy duck mom

    Mar 24, 2018
    Small town
    My Coop
    I would do what Chickens really said and see how that goes. If not maybe separating her when you feed them where she can't eat grass but just feed. I do want to say tho that grass/greens are EXtremely healthy for ducks! Down the road form me there are some ducks on a pond. By what I have collected they just eat grass and things they find in/around the pond. They are all still alive but 2 which where killed(by what I collected in my mind...again) by a fox(which my family saw run across the road one night towards the ducks and in the morning...1 was gone). Let us know how your duck does!
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