Ran out of duck chow for next two days- what can tide them over?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by east_winds, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. east_winds

    east_winds Hatching

    Dec 5, 2009
    Help! We are the new proud owners of 2 Pekin and 2 Runner ducklings, now almost two weeks old (hatched them ourselves). Originally we were feeding them gamebird/waterfowl starter crumbles, which we ordered online as our local store does not carry unmedicated feed. Well, we were stupid and underestimated exactly how much baby ducks eat, plus their tendency to play with/poop in/kick around their feed, and have run out of standard duckling chow. More is on the way and will likely get here within the next two days or so, however what can we feed them in the meantime to at least safely tide them over until the package gets here?

    For the last day I have been giving them peas and cottage cheese with other mixed veggies thrown in, I know that heavy carbs are a big no-no for ducks. Potential substitutes that we have on hand are eggs, cat chow (33% protein) and various mixed frozen veggies, lettuce, cottage cheese, etc. Obviously this cannot be their staple diet long term, but what combinations can they eat for a day or two that will not get them sick or stunt their growth too much? Thanks a bunch!
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    eggs, oatmeal, veggies, corn, feeder fish (they LOVE those)...

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