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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 2:00 pm 
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Hatchling
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I am new to duck and geese breeding. I know with chooks that you feed starter crumble for the first 8 weeks then grower mash and then laying mash. What should I feed my ducks and geese from day old to full grown? Is there a special feed available? I have a pure bred pair of each of the following - black east indian, khaki campbell, white campbell and aylesbury. I also have in the incubator- dark campbell, aylesbury and silver appleyard all purebred. I have researched incubating duck eggs on the net but if you have any tips I would appreciate them. :? :wink: I also have some toulouse goslings coming soon to add to my managerie

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 Post subject: feeding ducks and geese
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:06 pm 
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Hi Clucky,

I have always fed my ducks with layers pellets (chook pellets) with no ill effects. The little ones I had on chicken crumbles for the first 6 weeks or so then went straight to pellets. I do know, however, that our local stockfeed agent has specialised duck pellets, but I have never bothered with it. Like I said, I've had no problems, but my guys are pretty much free range and get a lot of bugs, slugs etc from the garden and dam. I'm not sure if you should expect problems with chook food, I may have just been lucky so far..... :?
Will your adult birds be able to "free range" or have access to a pond/dam? If so they probably won't need much feed as they will find it themselves especially the geese, but if they're penned most of the time you will need to feed them a fair bit. Maybe ask your local feed store for a bit of advise about what to feed your guys.
It sounds like you're going to have quite a few additions over the next few weeks :D ...good luck!

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Andy G


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:58 am 
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Thanks Andy,

Thank you for your reply. Sounds like I am doing the right thing at the moment.

Yes all will be able to free range on the station. They have lots of water to swim in. I have put out 3 pools for them to swim in and I know that they go over to the turkeys nest (manmade dam that the flowing bore pumps into) of a night time. But they are all back by morning for when the chooks are let out so they can raid the feed in the chicken coop.

Coll :D :D

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:36 pm 
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No worries Coll,
Just been looking at some other posts.
If you haven't already seen it, check this one out, a few of the other members give advice about duck food etc.
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