What to feed my ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by melissa826, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. melissa826

    melissa826 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a dozen Blue Magpie ducks that are going on 2 months old. They are at this point making more of a mess with their starter feed than I think they are eating. I am ready to switch them but I am having some trouble figuring out if I switch them to Poultry Grower or Gamebird Grower.....The gamebird grower I buy for my turkeys says it is for turkeys and heavy breed gamebird. Does a duck fall into that? Or since they will be laying, do I do poultry until they get layer feed?

    along the same lines...if I keep a mixed flock--males and females....can I keep them on a set feed and just add a bowl of oyster for the layers?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should have been switched to grower at 3 weeks. Get the Poultry Grower. Feed that for several weeks, then switch to Breeder.
     
  3. CarterCrazy

    CarterCrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got some stuff from Tractor Supply- Dumor Chick Starter/Grower. What is the difference between starter and grower, and how do they get away with having a single product for both? So much to learn!
     
  4. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Starter has more protein, calcium, and other nutrients than Grower. Grower has less than Breeder, though Breeder and Layer feed have much more calcium for laying.
     
  5. CMK4611

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    Purina Flock Raiser can be used for a mixed flock and you can provide oyster shell on the side for your layers.
     
  6. melissa826

    melissa826 Out Of The Brooder

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    Who makes "Breeder"? I've never heard of it and have only ever seen starter, grower/finisher, and layer. Breeder might be just what I need for all of our birds if I could find some!
     
  7. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Breeder is a feed that is final for waterfowl, since waterfowl aren't always raised specifically for eggs or meat.
     
  8. melissa826

    melissa826 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have a brand you could recommend? I can't seem to find anything...
     
  9. Blackberry18

    Blackberry18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's hard to find a Breeder mash for ducks, but I'd suggest All Purpose Back Yard Flock feed or Purina Flock Raiser. Both brands can be used for all types of poultry.
     
  10. lindsey1031

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    I have not bought my duck yet but before I do I was trying to research what to feed them I have no idea what they eat. No store located around me sells duck feed but I know that when I buy one its going to be only a couple weeks. Can anyone please help me and it would have to be things I can go buy at a grocery store and make at home.
     

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