My ducks are about 12 weeks old, free-range in the backyard most of the day and are on Mazuri waterfowl starter. Any ideas?
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I have a mated pair that I recently rescued. I have no idea how old they are, other than they are full grown. We feed our ducks regular chicken layer feed. I would recommend the crumble kind vs the pellet kind, it will be easier for the ducks to eat. Layer feed will give them pretty much all the nutrition they need, so maybe for the next couple weeks only offer the feed so they will get in the habit of eating that, then you can reintroduce treats. The drake will likely just ignore them.
With the days getting shorter, egg production does slow down. The change of home could also stress her enough to stop laying temporarily. The other possibility is that, if the ducks are allowed to free range in the yard, they are hiding their nest. You can try watching them to see where they go and maybe they will surprise you with a stash. Thank you! I appreciate the help! I have a duck that has been living at my house for about 6 months. She is little and stays on my front porch for most of her life. A nest but never any eggs. She only leaves twice a day sometimes once. Sometimes she is so hungry she will come right up to me.
I try not to feed her unless she is acting like she is straving. I have three dogs and I am so afraid she will get attacked. Why would she stay at our home? That is really strange. Does she seem injured?
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It would be unusual for a bird in the wild to be broody for more than a month though. I wish I had some more insight for you! Great point about the niacin!
Love all the information about the ducks. I just feed them chicken feed and I put out oysters shells once in a while. And treats here and there! Should that be fine because I notice on you blog that you recommend Brewer yeast! Should I start giving that to them? Or will they be find without it?scafinisop.gq
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Thanks Misty. Ducks grow really really fast and the extra niacin helps their leg muscles keep up. I have a hard time finding it in stores, so I order it on Amazon and sprinkle about a tablespoon in their feed times a week. My ducks are now 6 weeks old and we are transitioning to the outside all day and night. My questions is how much feed to give them?
Just alway keep it full or only so much a day. Right now they pretty much eat as much as they want and when. Is this ok for them since they have been indoors at night?
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Hi Amy, I like to try to keep the bowl pretty full during the day. I appreciate all the time that you have put into it. My fluff babies were a surprise gift, so I had no prep time. Could I end up giving them too much niacin? That is great! Manna Pro is a well respected name in the feed business so I am sure they are adding an appropriate amount. What if I have both? How do I keep the drakes from eating the higher protein food, or vice versa? Sorry for all the questions. I have a rescue baby goose, and we thought he needed friends. Hi Victoria — congrats on your new babies!
But they will be fine with the regular layer feed, I mostly mention it just in case people have non layers exclusively. I put out oyster shells, or sometimes just crushed up chicken egg shells, for the birds to eat free choice just a little bowl bolted to the side of the coop is fine.
We have 3 week old Peking ducks. They started out in our house, then moved to the garage, then the fenced in orchard, and then finally our pond had to wait until we built their floating dock with house. Anyway, I have 1 question and 1 issue…. They hang out in the muddy beach-like area and forage there and in the tall grass. The only reason to still give them a bowl of water would be if you lock them up at night and they have feed in the house.
If they have feed, they need to have water with it. Domestic ducks actually prefer to spend a lot of time on land vs wild ducks that prefer to spend more of their time in the water. I am not surprised they spend a lot of time wading about and foraging in the grass. I am sure as they get bigger, braver, and more used to their environment they will LOVE having a huge pond to explore though! You can try tossing out treats that float like cheerios to try and entice them to exploring. I have a solo Muscovy that hangs around our house. He usually comes in the morning, or in the early evening.
Once in a blue moon he may hunker down and spend the night, then leave at dawn. We thought nothing of it and let him be. But it has almost been year now and he still drops by. We started feeding him something from our local feed store. But we now have a pigeon population that also loves the millet! Is there a bag of food I can buy online?
Something I can leave in a bowl for him by his water instead of millet? Mann Pro also makes a duck feed and you can get it on Amazon. I feed my ducks chicken layer crumbles. Most feed comes in crumbles and pellets and neither my chickens or ducks will touch the pellets. Unfortunately pigeons are scavengers pretty happy to eat anything so stopping them is tricky. Maybe try switching up the bowl? On to chicken layer crumbles! Thank you. Since we have mixed flock of chickens and ducks we give our ducks flock raiser.
The laying fowl get some extra calcium when I give them eggshells which I dry and grind myself after hard boiling some of the eggs for the week. They seem to do pretty well on flock raiser.
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