What to feed ducks?!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lizp, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. lizp

    lizp Out Of The Brooder

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    So I posted the other day... Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to feed A female and male duck about six months old? I think my female is eating too much and she's laying two eggs a day which is not good for her. Should I be feeding her something besides the layer pellets? Any suggestions would be appreciated
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    My thought is to keep her indoors for a few days and see if that slows her down. I am not inclined to think it is good to get her off of layer, since she needs the calcium for the eggs, and without it might have a calcium deficiency, which affects her bones and heart.

    I doubt she is eating too much unless she is becoming obese. Two eggs a day must take quite a number of calories to support.

    Do you have lighting in the coop? Some have written that keeping lights on increases egg production.
     
  3. Cameron03

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    is she eating oyster shell or some other form of calcium supplement
     
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  4. lizp

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    She doesn't really like the oyster shells. She's only been inside at night really with very little light this past week. (Only because the mAle was attacked last Saturday. He's fine but we're waiting for duck house to be completed). She is a small duck. Not an overeater. It's odd! She's happy. But like I said other day her eggs can't be eaten cuz they make us sick!
     
  5. lizp

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    I have to keep the two ducks together they're inseparable. I can keep them inside but they really like to be outside. I just have to figure out her diet?!?
     
  6. ducks and geese

    ducks and geese Out Of The Brooder

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    Keep giving her the layer pellet but put in way less and add more oats barely and cracked corn
     
  7. lizp

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    So when you say oats and barley is that like just for chickens and/or ducks or like for horses?!
     
  8. ducks and geese

    ducks and geese Out Of The Brooder

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    Ya we use cff which has crimped oats and barley a bit of cracked corn some roasted soybean and there is some other stuff in it
     
  9. lizp

    lizp Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry what does cff stand for. Can you get the feed like at tractor supply ?!
     
  10. ducks and geese

    ducks and geese Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know what it stands for and I just remembered it is for chickens and oats barely corn and soy beans with some other stuff and I get it at my feed store
     

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