- The Critical Step in Raising Baby Ducks
Feeding ducklings with wet started mash for 8 weeks.
Native ducklings raised the native way are feed moistened boiled rice for the
first 33 weeks, 4 to 5 times a day. During the first few days, give feed at
night. Start giving water in drinking troughs or fountains on the 2nd day. On
the fifth day, add finely chopped small shrimps to boiled rice. Increase their
feed as ducklings grow older.
At the age of one month, feed ducklings with tiny fresh water snails and boiled
unhulled rice. Give only enough feed to be consumed as they tend to spoil when
left long in the troughs.
Mash feed for ducklings is composed of corn, soybean meal, fish meal, dried
whey, rice bran with oyster shell and bone meal with vitamin-mineral
supplements. Feed one day to 6-week old ducklings with starter mash with 10-21%
crude protein; for 6-week old to 4-month old duckling with grower mash with 16%
crude protein; and 4-month old ducks and above with layer mash or ratio wit 16%
If mash feed is preferred, give only enough to be consumed quickly at one time
for 10 to 15 minutes. Wet mash tends to spoil when left long in hoppers. If feed
is given at intervals, ducklings learn to eat more readily and their appetites
are developed to stuff themselves in between drinks, digest food quickly and be
ready to eat their fill for the next feeding time.
Four to five feedings a day are sufficient for ducklings over 2 weeks old.
Provide plenty of clean, fresh water as ducks drink after every mouthful of
Ducks are wasteful and slovenly while feeding. Provide proper adequate feeding
hoppers to prevent much waste of food.
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