ran out of duck food until tomorrow- what can I substitute?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lilmama, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. lilmama

    lilmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ran out of duck food last night, the feed store is closed today and I thought my duck hens would eat laying krackettes (chicken food.) They are not going for it - they want their all-purpose pellets!!! What can I do in meantime? I had no idea they were such fickle eaters!! Anything I can give them that they would like that is somewhat nutritional and will get them thru until tomorrow?
    Thanks,
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I suggest corn meal. It is not ideal for a steady diet but it will work in an emergency.
     
  3. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    peas..shredded broccoli stems...spinach...scratch...It's just for a day so some of thier favorite things for a day they will love!
     
  4. lilmama

    lilmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks. they did just stat eating a little of the feed. I'll also try some of the things you mentioned. Thank you so much.
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  5. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they get hungry enough, they'll eat the laying pellets. It's what mine eat full-time, in addition to their free range forage. I wouldn't stress about it for a single day--they can go much longer than that without food, though they may slow down on laying as a result for a few days. I'm sure they'll appreciate any treats you send their way, though. [​IMG]
     
  6. JosieR

    JosieR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ran out once and I chopped up kale and threw in a little corn and rolled oats. Not ideal I'm sure but they ate it up and survived [​IMG]
     
  7. pekinduck<3er

    pekinduck<3er Chillin' With My Peeps

    when i run out i just feed mine tomatoes and lettuce
     
  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Ducks are suspicious of any changes. It usually takes them a bit to accept a new food. If that's what there is to eat, they will eat it. If they are leaving it, they aren't hungry.

    If you've got corn meal and can bake them a pan of corn bread, they'd love that.

    A couple of slices of bread for one day won't kill them. A whole grain multi-grain bread would be the best, if that is available.
     

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