What would happen to my drake if I feed him layer?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Featherland, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

    766
    5
    163
    Dec 28, 2007
    Missouri
    I have only hens and all female ducks except for one drake.

    Would it hurt him to eat layer feed?
     
  2. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    I feed all my ducks layer feed and my drakes havent dropped down dead yet.
     
  3. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

    2,622
    39
    213
    Mar 20, 2008
    n.w.FLORIDA
    been feeding purina layer pellets for years O problems.
     
  4. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    We have just had this discussion and have come up with various opinions and experiences. Some have used it for years and never had an issue. Several books, including Holderread, warn about the extra calcium and that it may harm the males. I personally don't want to take any chances in the long run. I feed only developer/grower feed with 17% protein and offer oyster shell on the side for the girls. The drake does not touch the oyster shell so I don't worry about him at all. So it is up to you what you do.

    Here is a link from an avian vet:
    http://www.aecvets.com/caresheets/CareAndFeedingOfPetDucks.pdf
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  5. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

    2,622
    39
    213
    Mar 20, 2008
    n.w.FLORIDA
    also feather land. Not any layer pellets are the same are they 14,15,16 % protien. Does it have niacin? Here we do not even have the feed that katharid speaks of with 17% and she may not have my choices as well. As I stated earlier I feed mine 16% with about 4% calcium. Most of us use this , I,personally think calcium levels would have to be way way higher for kidney problems to occur. As most layer feeds are under this amount. [​IMG]
     
  6. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    5,583
    29
    241
    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    Quote:Simple answer. He wont be hungry anymore.

    Layer will not hurt a drake as the quantities actually in the feed is not high enough. Manufacturers actually realise that many people feed it to both males and females- and it is manufacturered as such. Drakes actually do need some calcium in the diet too- even if they arent the ones laying eggs- they just dont need as much as the females.
     
  7. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

    678
    1
    121
    Jul 5, 2010
    Southern California
    Quote:Simple answer. He wont be hungry anymore.

    Layer will not hurt a drake as the quantities actually in the feed is not high enough. Manufacturers actually realise that many people feed it to both males and females- and it is manufacturered as such. Drakes actually do need some calcium in the diet too- even if they arent the ones laying eggs- they just dont need as much as the females.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. SycolinWoodsChickens

    SycolinWoodsChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    261
    2
    121
    May 3, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    We have 5 hens and 2 drakes. All of our birds eat flock raiser (chickens and ducks) mixed with whole oats. Grit and oyster shell are available at all times in different bins. We have never seen our drakes or our roo (before he went to freezer camp) eat the oyster shell. The hens (chicken and duck) munch on it all the time. I believe that they are eating as much oyster shell as they need (some days they eat more, some days less). Once we have ducklings hatch in the spring I don't want to worry about keeping them from layer feed until they are 16 or more weeks old so flock raister has worked well for us.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by