Feeding ducklings properly

sujiwan_gwMay 11, 2009

I have week old runner ducklings. I have purchased duck grower but am wondering exactly how much to feed them daily. It seems like they will clean out the food and water dish extremely quickly and are constantly ready for more so that I am putting food and water in with them 3 times a day. I don't want to overfeed them! What total amount of feed per duck should I measure out daily for week olds and by how much should I increase it per week of age? How much for adults? ( I can't seem to find this info online).


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We've always let them free-choice feed, meaning food always available. In our opinion active, growing young ones of any species cannot be overfed if fed nutritious food free-choice.

If you must measure their food, we've used (for all species)a 10% bodyweight for food. Don't know if that is absolutely correct or not for ducks, but it's worked for us with other species, except you have to keep weighing them as they grow. You can try supplementing with grass clippings to vary their diet a little bit, too, they may or may not eat it.

As far as water, it should be available constantly. Ducks need water to clean out their bills. We do recommend the same free-choice food as ducks grow quickly.

Hope that helps,

    Bookmark   May 12, 2009 at 7:07PM
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I have one jumbo pekin duckling that is a MONSTER already! He or she is growing so fast, about as heavy as the two goslings I have. I feed them all a mix of sweet feed, XLA, grass and other greens. I throw insects in there if I can catch them.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2009 at 3:01PM
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johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)

I am so enjoying having two Pekin ducklings this year with my chicks, but I'm very surprised how fast they grow! They are absolutely pigs with the food and water. I need to build a new pen so they'll have more room (and a dirt floor, so the chicks don't stand in water!).


Here is a link that might be useful: My place: Busy Solitude Farm

    Bookmark   May 13, 2009 at 6:55PM
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