This is our new little duckling we have decided to name Ducky! She/he is the sweetest little thing, she loves snuggling on the couch, and swimming in the pool. She/he is amazing, and I got her from the same wonderful farm I got my chickens from. Quality Farms which you can visit here: http://thecluckstopshere.ca/ They are the Okanagan's best supplier for everything poultry related. You need anew coop and some chickens, or some tasty meat birds they can help you out with that and so much more. Farmer Dave is extremely kind and helpful and will happily help you with whatever you need.
Now about ducks!
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Ducklings to 3 weeks - 20-22% protein, non-medicated starter mash or crumbles
Adolescents 3 to 6 weeks - 16% protein, non-medicated mash, crumbles or pellets
Females over 6 weeks - 16-18% when laying
Males over 6 weeks of females not laying - 14-16% protein
• Never use medicated chicken or duck feed or feed created for other birds
• Cracked corn is not high enough in protein and will harm pond fish
• A/P Lay mash is excellent for adult ducks
• Crumbles and pellets are easy to use and less messy
• Seeds and nuts are a no-no!!!
• ALWAYS PROVIDE FRESH DRINKING WATER WHILE FEEDING
"Treat" your duck responsibly!
We ALL love to treat our pets. Here's how to do that without compromising your duck's health. Unless you consider carrots, lettuce and worms a tasty treat for yourself, the rule of thumb is anything we call junk food or a "treat" for a human is not good for your duck (or you!). Ducks systems are very different than ours and can't rebound quickly like we can. If you love your pet (and I know you do!), feed them treats that they love and you know will promote their health and longevity.
Feeding ducks cookies, crackers, chips, bread or any junk food will dramatically shorten their life span and cause many health problems.
Acceptable Treats and Supplements
• Plain scrambled eggs
• Diced tomatoes and mild veggies
• Finely chopped lettuce (opt for organic)
• Hardboiled eggs - including the ones they lay The eggs are hardboiled, cooled then chopped finely with the shell on. Sharon Demeola heats the shells in the oven until crisp, then grinds the shells into a crumbly consistency. Cool and serve.
• Earthworms, meal worms, blood worms
• Slugs and live snails with the shell on (untreated by pesticides or poisons)
• Bugs (untreated by pesticides)
• Bread, pasta, bread products, popcorn, pretzels, chips, crackers...
• Cookies, cakes, ice cream, sugared snacks or processed food products...
• Seeds, nuts, seeded breads or crackers (causes a painful reaction similar to diverticulitis in humans), pits...
• Chocolate, onion, garlic, spices, spicy foods, alcohol (do I have to even mention that?)...
• Colors, dyes, additives, chemicals, preservatives...
This is just a sample of all the information you can get on http://www.liveducks.com/duckcare.html This is a very informative site for wild and domestic ducks.
Depending on what breed and sex of duck my little Ducky is we may get a regular amount of eggs from her as well.