My ducks (given to me a couple of months ago) have been eating chicken starter grower and scratch, with greens offered, but not much eaten. Now the starter grower has changed to medicated, and I don't want to use it. They carry no gamebird/waterfowl feed. They are one (older) Swedish Blue drake, and two Cayugas hatched May 25th. No curly tail feathers on the Cayugas, but one is considerably larger than the other, and I don't know when tail feathers curl :). I have read that they can have alfalfa cubes soaked overnight, is that true? I don't like to feed roosters layer feed, is the same true for ducks?
Please help them...They shouldn't suffer for my ignorance, poor things :(
can you get Purina Flock Raiser?? That is what I feed my domestic ducks. Half Flock Raiser & Half Scratch mixed because FR is 19% protein and they free range all day. Just put a bowl of crushed Oyster shells and the girls will take what they need.
I can get 16% layer and 20% layer, and something called Rowdy Rooster (which is a bunch of grains, seeds, and some kind of little pellety things. There's another store I can try, so I'll look for some kind of
"flock" feed Monday. Thanks!
p.s. At what age do the drakes get their curly tail feathers?
you really don't want your drakes to have the extra calcium. It will kill them over time because they can't utilize it like the hens do with eggs. It would be better if you can find a feed without ex.calcium such as layer and offer calcium in another bowl for the hens. It doesn't have to be a high protein like flock raiser. I use it because it is the only one I can get that is not layer and I reduce the protein level down by mixing it with scratch. Ducks only need 15 to 16%
I wish I could help you to know when the boy tail feathers start to show...all my ducks are rescues so I don't know how old they are. My girl ducks are very vocal when its time to eat...So maybe your loudest ones will be girls.
Oh one other thing, I have also noticed the make little clucking(not like chickens but just something like that) type noises when they are eating. I have to feed them several times a day by throwing out food to them - I don't leave feed out all the time for them or I would have all kinds of varmits coming around. They have a pond to dabble in all day so they are well fed.
They have a food bowl in their rain house, and every once in awhile something cleans it out at night, and it was empty this morning. Of course, they could have finished it yesterday. I'll try to be more observant, I usually refill every other day. I'll try throwing some food out, and see if that gets their attention. So far, they just run, and seldom eat the "treats (greens)" I so carefully provide.
Their "pond" is a bass boat...;)
Our ducks ate chick starter until they were fully feathered, nearly adult size, and ready to move out onto the pond. Since then they've been fed a 12% protein horse feed - mainly as a treat. The pond has fish, tadpoles, and lots of delicious slime. - I know, I'm no help!
porkpal, you're just a little out of the loop, that's all. I had a secondary underthread going on about my two Cayugas, and whether or not one is male.
BUT!! The good news is that I've learned a lot, and the better news is that my whining seems to have been really annoying, as the non-medicated starter is back. It was all a mistake, I'm told.
Still, I think I need to get them a better diet, and thanks to all of you, I think I'm on the right track:)