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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 10:56 am 
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Old Mother Goose
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My ducklings are on chick starter.
They are between one and two weeks old.
When do I need to stop feeding them chick starter?
I read somewhere that it is when their feathers start appearing.
If I can't get duckling food what is another option?
Any help would be appreciated.

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 Post subject: angel wing
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:55 am 
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I dont give my duckling any starter food. It free ranges with mum and is healthy and growing well. It also gets any other scraps I throw out to the others. I am keeping an eye on the angel wing problem as I have one girl with it. She didnt have starter food either.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 3:16 pm 
Ok, before anyone jumps on me - THIS IS MY OPINION ONLY

Angel Wing is only a casual effect of feeding high protein feeds.

The tip of the wing is broken/damage thus "angle wing" , high protein feed make the bone fragile. I have broken ducks legs, when handling them when I use to feed too much protein to my ducks.

I now feed a less protein feed, but also give them ducklings to move around a bit thus stopping them fighting.

If it is a brooder by itself, any feed will be OK.


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They aren't in brooders.
One is with a Bantam saxony and the other six are with a Muscovy mum.
Both the mums are doing a great job and the ducklings are behaving normally, swimming, preening, chasing flies etc.

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I think you get them onto grower pellets after 8 weeks. I have always used chook food for my ducks but wesfeeds now has a chook and duck feed that i use.


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 Post subject: angle wing
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:29 pm 
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can be caused by inbreeding.
Or as BB said damage to the birds wing.

I feed my ducks on either duck starter or chicken starter untill 8 weeks old then on duck or poultry grower as well as 1xpollard+2 x bran as wellas a hand full of meat meal mixed up as a wet mash. Note do not leave mash after the birds eat their fill or it will go off and kill them. Also i give my ducklings raw mince meat.

you need to feed propley. By not giving the duckling any starter you are letting them grow to their potenical.

Do not feed meat bird starter or grower as they grow to fast and their legs give way. Auctioneer
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My ducklings were on chick starter til about 6-8 weeks then went on to grain and they're lovely and healthy! They also graze now that they're older, so they seem to get everything they need.


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Came across this article:

http://groups.msn.com/TheWaterfowlPlace/angelwing.msnw

I'd have to agree with it. A genetic disposition to angel wing highlighted by feeding high protein feeds.

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 Post subject: Re: Angel wing
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Here is an interesting link on a possible way to treat it if caught early enough:

http://www.carolinecrockeroriginals.co. ... dition.htm

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