Saxony ducklings growing TOO fast? Expert opinions needed.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CSisley, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. CSisley

    CSisley Chirping

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    I have three Saxony ducklings that hatched Saturday June 2nd. Since that time I've been feeding them Dumor Starter/Grower 20% protein and after about a week of watching them grow I'm starting to think that maybe they are growing too fast.

    Here's why:
    - They look about 25% bigger than when they were born (only about a week old).
    - In just the last few days I've started taking them on a once a day walk to our pond which is about 250 ft away from their brooder and walking at a slow human pace gets the two chunkier ones winded. They will just plop down if I pause as if they've been on a mile run. Granted they are only a week old and they have to run to keep up with my slow pace but the skinnier one of the three doesn't appear to have trouble.
    - They eat A LOT, noticeably more than my chicks and their brooder isn't big so it's not like they burn much of it off. They also don't poop nearly as much as they are consuming so I'm pretty sure most of it is going towards putting on more weight
    - Lastly, their feet are PEELING. They aren't swollen, cracked, or irritated but they are peeling. The smallest of the three has peeling feet but not as much as the chunkier two. I thought maybe it was similar to babies getting cradle cap where they are growing so much their skin peels.

    Just last night I switched their feed to Dumor Grower/Finisher 15% protein and I've also thought about rationing their food as opposed to letting them eat as much as they want whenever they want but I'd like some suggestions/opinions from the experts. I'm just concerned that they will get joint problems if they continue to grow as they are.

    Other things they've been getting:
    - I'll mix a little sprinkle of Avia Charge 2000 in with a little food that has been moistened as a daily supplement.
    - I'll chop up a little romaine lettuce for them as a daily treat.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    Ducklings grow really fast. They need food with water 24/7. This sounds normal to me.
     
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    the ones with more adult feathers are month and a week old. the ones with just getting there feathers are two weeks younger they grow like weeds but their such beautiful birds when they get their adult feathers in.
     
  4. CSisley

    CSisley Chirping

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    Awww, how cute!

    Any thoughts on the percent protein? Should I keep them switched to 15% or go back to 20%? I really concerned about this whole joint problem thing I've heard about but have no experience with. Eventually they'll have a very very large area to roam but for now they are kept safe in the brooder...
     
  5. Amiga

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    I think 15% is low, and I would go back to the 20% feed for now. In a couple of weeks I would start mixing in the 15% first about 1 part 15 to 4 parts 20, then adding a little more 15 and less 20 over a number of days till they are on the 15% protein feed entirely, somewhere between 3 and 4 weeks old.

    You are right to be aware and concerned about joint issues, by the way. It shows you care, and are willing to adjust.
     
  6. what i due is keep them on nonmed chick feed till u start seeing the feathers coming in then switch over to what u would feed adult birds like multiflock something like that what brand are you using?
     
  7. CSisley

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    Amiga - Thanks, I'll switch them back to the 20% for awhile and then do the gradual switchover. This is the first time I've had ducks since I was a little girl when my parents had these wildish mallards; I think the free food was the only thing that kept them home. I debated a long time over getting a few ducks hearing how messy they were and all. I LOVE chickens but these little ducklings are so dang cute and sweet I'm glad I gave them a try. They are messy but soooo worth it at least IMO. I'm really looking forward to seeing what they develop into.

    Ash-Rose - I think you asked what Brand of food I'm using but I'm not real sure. If that was your question the answer is Dumor.
     
  8. yeah keep them on the 20% till you start to seeing feathers comeing in and switch down the 15%. where are you buying your feed at?
     
  9. CSisley

    CSisley Chirping

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    Most of the time I buy feed from Tractor Supply.
     
  10. i know that my local TS doesn't have much choice for duck feed.. im lucky to have a kent feed dealer two miles from me.. great feed for a good price.
     

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