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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:50 pm 
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My ducks have been coming in and eating the chooks laying pellets, on the lable it says not to feed to any other animal or bird unless they are laying hens.

Are they harmful to ducks? or is it an ok feed for them also?

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My ducks live on layers mash for chickens so it should be safe.


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Thanks for that , i have been watching them , fearing they would drop dead on me :cry: ,

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your birds will be fine , my birds get layers pellets as a part of there feed every day.

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Yep -as others said not a problem in the slightest. In fact it is almost impossible to find duck pellets.

The lables often warn against feeding rumnants (cattle/sheep ect) and that should be strictly observed, but other poultry is not a problem.

It was interesting to hear at a recent talk i attended how ducks were more widely kept than hens early in Australias history. People would have up to 2000 in their backyards (somewhat larger backyards than what we have now i would suspect :) ) and they were primarly kept for eggs.

It was more economical to keep ducks as they could be fed on all sorts of scraps and perform very well. It was common to find a 'duck farm' within a few 100 metres of a resturant/market so that all the scraps could be readily collected. The birds were bassically fed on whatever scrpas there was (clearly alot of scraps).

I dont reccomend doing this, but its a little bit of interesting history.

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Yep -as others said not a problem in the slightest. In fact it is almost impossible to find duck pellets.

The lables often warn against feeding rumnants (cattle/sheep ect) and that should be strictly observed, but other poultry is not a problem.

It was interesting to hear at a recent talk i attended how ducks were more widely kept than hens early in Australias history. People would have up to 2000 in their backyards (somewhat larger backyards than what we have now i would suspect :) ) and they were primarly kept for eggs.

It was more economical to keep ducks as they could be fed on all sorts of scraps and perform very well. It was common to find a 'duck farm' within a few 100 metres of a resturant/market so that all the scraps could be readily collected. The birds were bassically fed on whatever scrpas there was (clearly alot of scraps

I dont reccomend doing this, but its a little bit of interesting history.

Honk




wow some cool history about ducks honk mate 8)

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The warning is because the product contains meat meal and many people on farms that have chooks might have goats, pigs sheep cattle etc and it is illegal to feed 'meat' to ruminants as I understand it. It has to do with foot and mouth risks.

I buy duck pellets at my produce, vella makes them. I also get turkey for my game birds.

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