What is the best feed for baby mandarin ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by ChampionAlex, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. ChampionAlex

    ChampionAlex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Title says it all; looking to purchase a young pair and was wondering what is the best feed in the community eyes. Thanks !
     
  2. Roy31

    Roy31 Out Of The Brooder

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    The best feed will be mazuri waterfowl starter. I have some mandarin ducklings that I will be selling if you are interested.
     
  3. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    What Roy said. "Mazuri waterfowl starter". After 2-3 weeks. I go just chicken layer pellets myself.
     
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  4. RuzichFamily

    RuzichFamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What they said.
     
  5. usjetjock

    usjetjock New Egg

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    I know I sound like their salesman, but I'm an just an inventor who raises baby wood ducks every spring. The best food is called Waterfowl Starter and its from Mazui, but also, the ducklings love meal worms. The live ones cost way to much, but the ducklings love dried meal worms, crumbled when they are newborn, but a week later, whole.
    You can buy them as bird food at Lowes or on Amazon. 10,000 worms cost less than $20 bucks. I feed baby wood ducks only Mazuri Waterfowl starter and mealworms, plus some fern leaves, although they seem to love any chopped up green veggie.
    Tell everybody never to feed ducks chicken food! Its bad for young one, and will kill the babies.
    Bill
     
  6. usjetjock

    usjetjock New Egg

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    Please, no chicken food for ducks! Its bad for them and will kill hatchlings.
     
  7. Emmet Mcknight

    Emmet Mcknight Out Of The Brooder

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    Really? Is that based on experience or word of mouth? I'm in Ireland, I have never seen Mazuri and never seen a waterfowl specific duckling feed. At the minute I have 15 mandarin ducklings eating chick crumbs, 7 are 3 weeks old and 8 are 2 weeks old, I left them with their mothers when they hatched, in the aviary with 3 other females and 5 males (again this was something I was advised not to do) from what I see my ducklings are thriving, getting bigger and faster by the day. The adults where eating chickens layers pellets for almost a year when they shared an aviary with my Pekin bantams, no issues at all. The only reason I have the adult Mandarins on a waterfowl pellet now is that where I get my dog food offers free postage on orders over £50, the dog food is £49 so I get a bag of waterfowl pellets and get free postage on both.
     
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  8. usjetjock

    usjetjock New Egg

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    Glad your ducklings are doing good. Any food made for waterfowl should be OK, but many chicken pellets are made from ground-up chicken by-products (skin, feet, beaks, feathers, etc, ) that has been mixed with corn or other grains. Its not what I would feed my ducks.The calcium is too high, plus many "starters" have antibiotics, a definite no-no for baby ducklings.

    I highly recommend dried meal worms, found at many bird feed outlets, as well as feed stores, for backyard chickens.

    Bill
     
  9. usjetjock

    usjetjock New Egg

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    My comments are based on experience with baby wood ducks.
     
  10. BBHonaker

    BBHonaker Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have any mandarins available?
     

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