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Dried Fruit as Duck and goose Feed

 
Jeffrey Hodgins
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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?
 
Jeffrey Hodgins
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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
 
Kelly Smitherson
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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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