Too much protein? Will it hurt my ducks?!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mamaof2wi, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a nutritionist recommended a feed for my baby ducks (started at 1 week old and they are now 4 weeks still on same bag of food) it is a 24% protein and everywhere I read said they should be at a lower level? He then told me to go to the next feed down after I feed this bag out and that is a 19%. Is this to much protein? Will it hurt them? I still have half a bag left of the 24%.
     
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  2. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thought I would add a pic so you can see what they look like...
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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I added one part rolled oats (not instant) per four parts higher protein duckling crumbles, then put vitamins in their water once a week since the only starter I could find was about 27% protein.
     
  4. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for taking the time to help me! I was going to add rolled oats but did not want to take away from the other nutritional value. I was just hoping to know if it is ok to be feeding this high for this long.
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    There are different opinions about protein and angel wing, actually. Don't know if a.w. is your main concern.
     
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    My chicks started on 28% protein for a good 10 weeks because LFS said that's what they use. Short term I think it's ok, I think as long as they are growing, growing in feathers or molting. Long term say when they are full grown, too much protein can cause gout. I bought a lower protein feed and mix half and half to end up in the middle.

    I am not familiar with ducks but I know chickens require way less.

    Your babies are adorable. [​IMG]

    Good luck!
     
  7. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I didnt know that is what could cause AW..thanks I will keep an eye on that.
     
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  8. mamaof2wi

    mamaof2wi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for helping me out! Once this bag is done I will go to a 19% unless others think I should go lower.

    Thanks we love them :)
     

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