So, when can my babies eat bugs and treats?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bronwyn, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Bronwyn

    Bronwyn Out Of The Brooder

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    I know they are only about a week old, but I want to know when I can start giving them more variety in their diet. I'm a little worried about them getting enough of all the proteins and minerals they need. I'm feeding them the right food, but still... It's also too cold outside for them right now, but could I bring in some bugs for them?

    Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. [​IMG]
     
  2. GiantDogs+Ducks

    GiantDogs+Ducks Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know much, but I started hand-feeding finely chopped lettuce and borage from day 3. I've waited to mix in the more complex fruits and veggies until recently. My Runners are now 3.5 weeks and seem to be doing great.
     
  3. Bronwyn

    Bronwyn Out Of The Brooder

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  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I started giving my runners a teaspoon of chick grit a day in their food from the time they were two or three days old. They need grit to be able to "chew" their food, or they risk getting impacted. So get them some grit in their diet, just a little at a time, before giving them chewable foods (non-crumbles).

    At two weeks I started adding grower to the starter crumble, mixing a little more grower and a little less starter every day for a few weeks till we were out of crumble and the ducklings were on grower.
     
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  5. Bronwyn

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    Thank you!
     
  6. GiantDogs+Ducks

    GiantDogs+Ducks Out Of The Brooder

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    Scratch this... My runners have shaky legs now. Don't listen to me! LOL
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Get some non flush niacin and start putting it in your runner water, or sprinkle some brewers yeast[not baking] on their feed. that will take care of the leg problems. The brewers yeast is what i used about 1tab to their feed each day. the niacin I don't know the dosage since I've never used it.
    http://metzerfarms.blogspot.com/2011/03/are-my-ducklings-leg-problems-due-to.html
     
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