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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bow8746, Mar 4, 2015.
My ducklings are approximately 2 weeks old when should I feed them "grit" or grit based food?
Ducks don't need grit like chickens do. If you feed a commercial feed then don't worry about grit.
If you're giving them treats (kale, peas, etc), they need grit. Just put a little bowl of chick grit by their food, they'll eat what they need.
Okay. Thank you.
They need grit if they eat anything other than commercial crumble/pellets. So if they get greens, scratch, grass or any treats they need grit.
What happens if their eating the grit like its no tomorrow!
They need it. Mine woils chow down when they were ducklings and then backed off after a while. Ducks don't have teeth so they need the grit to "chew" their food.
Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks recommends sprinkling a teaspoon of grit on their food once a day. There is a story in the book about a duckling that starved because it filled up on grit.
To be on the safe side, I sprinkled like the book recommended. Some ducklings just over do it, eating too much grit, or eating shavings, or . . . . .
I tend to do about 1tbsp of grit to every 20 tbsp of chick starter.