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What to feed Ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hoffmanslabs5, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. hoffmanslabs5

    hoffmanslabs5 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am not sure what to feed my ducks. My only local supply store is a TSC. Most of their feed is for chickens. Can I feed them a grower food for chickens? It has a 15% protein. I also read if the ducks are free range it is okay to give scratch grain as feed since they get a lot of their protein from foraging and eating bugs etc. Any information would be helpful.
     
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am fortunate that i can get a flock raiser from my feed supply. I disagree with the idea that because they forage a scratch grain would be a good feed but that is just me, i use the FR and my birds sorta free range(large penned area w/trees, grass etc) as with most things people vary with how they do things, and truly no one size fits all answer.

    How old are the ducks your feeding?
     
  3. hoffmanslabs5

    hoffmanslabs5 Out Of The Brooder

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    My ducks are about 5 months old. I also have some older ducks. I think Purina makes a Flock Raiser but I think the protein is about 20%. I thought ducks didn't need that much protein. That is why I have just been feeding a grower feed. It has a lower protein. None of my ducks are laying so I don't think I need a layer feed. Thanks.
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yes, Purina makes one, i use that brand, it's 18% but i know that can vary as I am not in the US, either way.. a flock raiser is nice when you have various ages of birds. I do a free choice oyster shell for the girls instead of a layer as i have drakes.
     
  5. bexnd

    bexnd Out Of The Brooder

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    there is an ingredient in chicken feed that water foul arent saposed to have i found out. can you see if your local supplier can stock duck feed my local pet stores will stock what i need if they can get it .
     
  6. new2ducks

    new2ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking of getting oyster shell, where do I get it and also won't the other ducks eat it and will it hurt them?
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    you can buy oyster shell at just about any feed store and TSC the only members of my flock who eat it are those laying eggs. I have roosters/drakes and gander never even seen them at the bowl of oyster shell.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    It's medicated chick feed that most warn against feeding, mainly because ducks eat so much more than chicks and can possibly over dose on it. I think the verdict is still out though because others have fed it and haven't had problems. I don't use it because I feed Purina Flock Raiser to all my flock.
     
  9. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Amprolium is safe for ducks. 50 years ago, a different medication was used that was not safe for ducks and the information still goes around and around to not feed medicated feed to ducks, but that advice is out of date by many decades.
     
  10. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yep, my drakes ignore it. I'll warn you though, it's packed(at least here) in this teeny brown paper bag that weighs 50lbs [​IMG]
     

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