When to take ducklings off of chick starter?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kschwartz, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. Kschwartz

    Kschwartz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay so I've heard mixed opinions on this topic with people saying you should take ducklings off of the chick starter anywhere from 3-10 weeks.

    First of all, I know I'll probably get yelled at but I do use medicated chick starter (Amprolium!) and they are doing absolutely fine with it. I have no concerns about it harming them.

    Second, I use a brand called Sprout (sold @ Fleet Farm) and on the bag it says the chick starter feed can be feed up until about 18 weeks, but this is for CHICKENS, correct? So when should I take my Rouens (3 wks.) off of the chick starter?

    I only have 2 Rouens and they don't seem to eat as much as I expected but I went and bought a 50# bag anyways and is only roughly 1/3 gone(?), so I hope I will be able to have them on this a little while longer so I didn't end up wasting money...


    Let me know. Thanks.

    -Katie
     
  2. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    When I hatch out babies I buy a 20lb bag of chick starter, once that 1 bag is gone I move them onto grower finisher to get the protein levels down. So for the 15 to20 I hatch it take me about 10 days to feed it, plus they are outside from a few days old too.
     
  3. MrsKemmerlin

    MrsKemmerlin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All the responses I've gotten have said they should be on chick starter, the non-medicated kind, for two to three weeks. They should also be getting niacin during this time. Then they should be switched to something with a lower % of protein, like grower/finisher and what not [​IMG] Then about a month before they should start laying, offer free choice oyster shell!
     
  4. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like the gamebird crumbles that Rural King sells for ducks. It contains niacin and 3 broods of ducks this year have done great on it.
     
  5. 1234duck

    1234duck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Lucky Ducky(my Rouen baby) ate chick starter medicated till I ran out..}}}ummmm, he was about 11 weeks old. The medicated was fine I didnt have a problem with it. ~Julie~
     
  6. Kschwartz

    Kschwartz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm still unsure. Someone said 10 days and another say 10 weeks! that's quite a big difference...
     
  7. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep [​IMG] Everyone is different on what they feed, how they feed and how long they fed it. Each to their own I say, If everyone is happy with what they are doing and the ducks are happy, then thats all that matters. [​IMG]
     
  8. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you want to get the protein levels down in the feed you have you could always buy a bag of whole oats and mix that in. I mix a scoop of grower with 1/4 scoop of oats because I have goslings and they need low protein. If you have a 50lb bag, dont waste it, use it up.
     
  9. bibkel

    bibkel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard too much or long of growth will make them fat. I usually will feed starter until they are about 3/4 feathered out, and I keep them inside during this time.
    I am supposed to, but don't, feed the middle stuff, then on to layer.

    I actually will transition them to layer straight from growth. I use crumble for growth, pellet for layer. My chickens and ducks feed at the same time, and they all prefer pellets. They also forage free range at about 1/2 feathered out (babies have been in a separate yard where they can see the grownups. Today is the first day they are sharing both yards, I opened the fence door. Seems to be ok, and the "babies" will probably sleep in the coop tonight, except for my 4 day old baby. The rest are 6-10 weeks old.
     
  10. Kschwartz

    Kschwartz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah the protein level was my main concern. Right now my feed has 18% protein (i don't know to how many parts though?) Would it be okay if I kept them on starter until about 6 wks? Because by then the bag would be pretty much finished off (they are 3 wks. now)? After I take them off of starter what should I put them on and what protein percentage?

    Thanks
    -Katie
     

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