Duck Nutrition - Tips To Raise And Grow Healthy Ducks
of the way ducks get their food whether by scavenging or consuming a full
ration, duck nutrition must contain all the required nutrients which are vital
for growth, maintenance and reproduction. Their feeding practice partly depends
on the total number being raised, in case only a few are being kept and are able
to access areas they can forage they may survive, grow and be able to lay eggs
by feeding on available foods like insects, frogs, snails, table scraps and
However, they will grow very slowly and the number of eggs they will lay will be
low. Therefore, for increased performance it is essential to practice good duck
nutrition by providing them with complete nutritional commercially made duck
feeds or alternatively you can give them either chicken feeds or poultry feed
concentrates mixed with grains.
Good duck nutrition needs to contain similar nutrients as chickens', but the
amount slightly varies particularly in regard to the ratio of every nutrient to
the energy present in the diet. Just like other poultry, ducks do not really
need protein but require the individual amino acids present in the dietary
During digestion, the proteins present in the diet are usually broken down to
amino acids which the duck absorbs and uses it to make its own proteins that are
used in the body for instance those in feathers and muscles. Some of these amino
acids usually, the essential amino acids have to be provided in the diet since
the duck is not able to make them from any other sources.
Therefore when formulating duck feed, the main attention is given to meet their
requirements of essential amino acids. The level of protein that meets the amino
acid requirement for the duck can vary slightly depending on the content of the
amino acid of the ingredients employed in each formulation.
Good duck nutrition also includes clean drinking water, and this must be
available in plenty at least for around 8-12 hours in a day. For market ducks or
breeder ducks of over the age of 3 weeks, it may be essential to shut off water
and feed at night to assist in maintaining a dry condition of the litter inside
the building. If properly done, the practice will not be harmful and does not
have any effect on the performance of the ducks during moderate temperature
For the period when the temperature rises to above 90ºF, water must be available
during the evening until a time when the temperature drops to below 80ºF
otherwise water must be available throughout the night.
Ducklings must be given fed on a starter diet from the time they are hatched up
to when they are 2 weeks old. The starter diet must be pellets of diameter 1/8
inch or 3.18 mm or crumbles. When they are 2 weeks old, you can feed them on a
grower diet of pellets with a diameter of 3/16 or 4.76 mm.
To promote good duck nutrition, the quality of ducks' feed ingredients is very
essential. Grains that have been contaminated with dirt, weed seeds and molds
should not be used. In addition, old vitamin or mineral packs must be avoided
because their effectiveness is lost with time especially when they get exposed
to heat or sunlight.
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