When should the "grits" come in?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bow8746, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. Bow8746

    Bow8746 In the Brooder

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    My ducklings are approximately 2 weeks old when should I feed them "grit" or grit based food?
     

  2. madamiec

    madamiec Chirping

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    Ducks don't need grit like chickens do. If you feed a commercial feed then don't worry about grit.
     
  3. Kaessa

    Kaessa Songster

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    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.
     
  4. Bow8746

    Bow8746 In the Brooder

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    Okay. Thank you.
     
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  5. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Crowing

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    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.
     
  6. Bow8746

    Bow8746 In the Brooder

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    What happens if their eating the grit like its no tomorrow!
     
  7. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Crowing

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    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.
     

  8. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    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 . . . . .
     
  9. PekinDiaries

    PekinDiaries Chirping

    I tend to do about 1tbsp of grit to every 20 tbsp of chick starter.
     

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