space restricted brooding of ducks and chicks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by syndie, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. syndie

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    I have 6 ducklings and 8 chicks I picked up yesterday. I am brooding them together, my question is the flock raiser is safe for the baby pullets? I know the niacin is sufficient in the flock raiser for the ducks, but is the protein too high for the chicks?

    TIA
     
  2. amynrichie

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    I use flock raiser when brooding my turkeys and chicks together. It's just fine for your chicks.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

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    What is the protein percentage?
    18, 20, 22 are all ok for young chicks. 24-28 is too high.
     
  4. syndie

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    Its Purina flock raiser so it's 20%, I felt pretty good about it but just wanted to double check,I was really surprised the ducks used the poultry nipples. I did put the gallon waterer in but the water system was already in place. Sooo
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

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    20% for the chicks will be fine up to about 8-10 weeks.
     
  6. syndie

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    Then should they have a grower? 16-18%?
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

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    They can go with 18% grower for their entire life.
    Ideally, 18% would be good for up to about 15 weeks when they can be cut back to 16%. None of this is set in stone.
    The younger the bird, the more protein. As they mature, they're better off with less protein.
     
  8. syndie

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    Thanks for the information! I feel better now.
     

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