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Dried Fruit as Duck and goose Feed

 
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I'm wondering if I could raise free range ducks/geese by feeding them dried fruit in the place of grain.

Has anyone tried this? Can grain be eliminated from their diet and replaced by fruit?





 
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I don't know.

Geese are already infamous for turning an area into a 'slip 'n slide'. What would they do on a fruit diet?
 
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I found this page about testing done with molasses and cane juice. The main idea is that feeding of these high sugar foods is best kept at around 30% of the duck's diet. I assume that pears would match up more or less with molasses if comparing the dry weight.
http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd4/3/viet5.htm
 
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geese or ducks? my geese graze, my ducks forage - fruit would be too high and rich and spendy a feed for mine in any bulk. Some fruits when dried can be toxic to livestock too
Mine do not get grain anyway though
 
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Interesting thread. Ours love fresh apples. The gander learned how to pick them off the tree in the neighbor's orchard last year. I hope he has forgotten how. He would give the first one to the goose, then pick another for himself. I don't think he was too happy when the pickers took "his" apples!
 
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My ducks get no grain. They free range, eating bugs and plants. Sometimes they get some random kitchen scraps.  I think fruit would be a lot of sugar.  I might feed it as a small percentage of the overall diet, but not a primary feed.  
 
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