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Should I worry??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MamaDucken, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. MamaDucken

    MamaDucken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks have started eating the pellets I put out for my big hens. Two of them are still pretty young. Should I worry about this and do something or is it okay??
     
  2. MamaDucken

    MamaDucken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do have chick starter set out for them and the smaller chickens.
     
  3. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! Looks like no one responded! How old are these little ones?

    My first concern if they're young would be improper protein ratio and vitamin deficiencies. Also, is this a layer mix?
     
  4. cayugaducklady

    cayugaducklady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    None of my ducks will eat pellets. I tried really hard to encourage it.

    I've read that ducklings shouldn't have layer feeds while they're growing because layer feed has too much calcium for their quickly growing bodies.

    If they're experimenting with the big bird food and still eating majority of their ration it might be OK.
     
  5. MamaDucken

    MamaDucken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! 3 of them are starting to lose their baby feathers and the other 2 are just a few weeks. The two younger ones follow the bigger ones around, so if the big ones are tasting the pellets, the littles are right there with them.


    They don't seem to mind it. They will eat the pellets and the chick starter. I just don't want them to end up dying because they aren't eating their proper food. I keep both foods out, just so everyone has their food. The big hens love the chick starter as well, so in the mornings, I let the hens out and put the pellets out and feed the littles their starter and then I'll let the littles out into the run with the hens after about an hour.
     
  6. MamaDucken

    MamaDucken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a picture of one of the bigger ducks.
     

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