Win a copy of For the Love of Paw Paws this week in the Fruit Trees forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

Duck feed, supplement with grains or...

 
Posts: 7
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I recently got a couple of ducks to work on the slug problem. They're eating the aforementioned slugs, dropped fruit (cherry, apple, pear),  squash, tomatoes, watermelond rind and grass and kitchen scraps. I've noticed they really like the stale rolled oats I gave them so I'm thinking about feeding them some oats occasionally.
I'm growing sunflowers for their winter feed alongside apples and winter squash that I'll store but I get a feeling it won't provide them complete nutrition for egg laying.

Should I supplement their feed with some grains and which grain would be the best choice? Most of the poultry feed in my country is medicated or the origin of ingredients is iffy.

 
pollinator
Posts: 1228
Location: Green County, Kentucky
64
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Winter feed for ducks is a good question.  I've had chickens for many years, but haven't done a lot with ducks -- I've been considering switching to ducks because of the much higher nutritional value of their eggs.  But, am wondering if, during a frozen, snowy winter, it might be easier to feed a few chickens adequately than to feed the ducks and keep them healthy and laying?

Kathleen
 
pollinator
Posts: 425
15
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Medicated feed is said to kill waterfowl. The missing element in your winter ration is protein. I would add perhaps 50/50 soaked barley and soaked pigeon peas or some other legume. How many ducks do you have? Perhaps you could feed them maggots, meal worms, earth worms or even frozen or dried duck weed or algae.
 
Sasa Milicevic
Posts: 7
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
It's just 4 ducks... I think soaking some grains/legumes and some duckweed (ifi I manage to collect enough) will be the best solution
 
All of the following truths are shameless lies. But what about this tiny ad:
All of the video from the Eat Your Dirt Summit
https://permies.com/t/106759/video-Eat-Dirt-Summit
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!