Wheat as duck feed???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Callducknut14, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Callducknut14

    Callducknut14 In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2011
    I have found a person near us who has wheat for sale and I was wondering, would it be a good feed for my Call ducks? Thanks in advance![​IMG]
  2. DuckLover179

    DuckLover179 Waddles & Puddles

    Nov 28, 2010
    First off, [​IMG] . I'm not sure if wheat is okay for ducks, but I do know that cannot be the only feed. I would think it would be fine for them, but they will still need food in pellet form.

    [​IMG] Sorry I couldn't be much help! [​IMG]
  3. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Songster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    I wouldn't feed it as the only feed. My Ducks ate some wheat today and they loved it, but they also get other feed. They also eat the chicken scratch and they free range so they will eat about anything.

  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I've been told wheat is fine as a part of the feed. A caution is that if it is not dried properly, it can get moldy, and moldy feed is bad news.

    I have added a small handful of dry hard winter wheat to my ducks' feed pellets from time to time. I have also given them sprouted wheat, and wheat greens (just let the sprouted wheat grow a few inches and green up). Wheat has some nice protein in it. It's a grass. Another caution is not to give them too much "seedy" feed. I forget what problem that could cause. Nettie or Duck_feeder may be able to enlighten us on that.

    So, I would consider getting some to add to their feed occasionally, but would keep it in a dry, tight container somewhere cool.

    By the way, I also add rolled oats to their feed. I started doing so to cut protein percentage, but have kept it up to give them something a little different, with some nice fiber in it.
  5. Duck_feeder

    Duck_feeder Drowning in feathers!

    Oct 22, 2009
    If you're interested in feeding your duck grains, I recommend getting a copy of Storey's guide to raising ducks. In appendix A there are examples of mixes of grains you can feed your duck to ensure a healthy diet.

    I prefer using pellets as their primary feed because they can't ignore something in their feed that has an essential nutrient.
  6. Callducknut14

    Callducknut14 In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2011
    Thanks for replying! I'm reading the Story's giude to raising Ducks right now. Great book! I might just feed them layer pellets or something similar. I thought about feeding them scratch grain more but I don't want them becoming fat on the cracked corn.

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