Waterfowl starter for ducklings

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  1. cburns407

    cburns407 Just Hatched

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    I have 4 duckling about 2 1/2 weeks old. 3 are Pekin, 1 is a Runner. I work at a local hardware store and am looking into ordering a water fowl starter. The only thing is that it is a 28% feed. Description states it is for all water fowl but everything I read says they should be on 18% feed/starter....

    Is 28% to high?? It is a 25lb bag so it would last me awhile but I would hate to buy it if they cant have it for very long if at all. Right now I am using a started/grower that the store was using but I would like to get them on a better quality food more suited for them.
     
  2. Ducks4us

    Ducks4us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what i have read yes thats too high. Prob especially for the pekins.
    I use flock raiser . As it has the added niacin. And i add nutritional yeast.
    I have been told and read 18-19% protein for the first couple weeks.
    Then from 3-9 weeks lower protein- 15-17% is what my duck book says. too much protein can cause leg and wing deformities and kidney and liver damage.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Read this:
    http://www.metzerfarms.com/NutritionalRequirements.cfm?CustID=14754169
     
  4. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    I also agree that 28% is probably too high a protein level. I feed 21% protein chick starter with brewer's yeast mixed in (fermented feed) and cut the protein level down to about 16% by mixing in rolled oats at the two week mark. The only case of angel wing I've had to date was a Muscovy drake I started on waterfowl feed (they love it - and the brand I fed smelled like cinnamon rolls)...he would really chow down on the feed and grew too fast. A week of wrapping resolved the angel wing, but it made me leery of using waterfowl feed for ducklings.

    Good luck!
     
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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    FWIW, I feed 27% turkey starter to my Muscovy ducklings and haven't had any issues with it.
     
  6. nobueno

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    Holderread's guide says no more than 18-20% and that's if raising for maximum growth. He recommends 16% to raise the healthiest birds possible. Cut with oats at 5% of volume per week til it's 3:1 chick starter:eek:ats
     
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Here is another reference for people to look at:
    https://www.nap.edu/read/2114/chapter/7
     
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