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Duckies and chickies
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Juliana    Posted 06-13-2004 at 16:54:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got a question for all ya. I have chickies and duckies that all all about the same age, 2 months old. All were brooded inside with their own starter, now that they are outside together, they have been eating each other's food. Is this OK? Is the wild game feed too rich for the chicks? Everyone seems fine. Thanks for your help.


ret    Posted 06-13-2004 at 19:39:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
the chicks need a lower protein feed than the ducks. 18% right now might be ok, 16% is about norn. The ducks ought to have a higher rate but if they get low on protein they will grab a feather out of a chicken to eat. Feathers are about 85% protein. Hate to tell you this, ducks are fun to watch, but are messy creatures. Don't put the waterer in the coop, it will be mud.
REt


Juliana    Posted 06-13-2004 at 20:49:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
The ducks are on a wild game starter and the chicks have chick starter, they both eat the two foods, switching off now and then. I am just wondering if I could mix the two together and make is easy on myself. They have a kids swimmiming pool which they love and the chicks can't get into.


yes you can    Posted 06-14-2004 at 04:29:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
and it will work. We tried the same thing, 11 chickens and 5 ducks. We also had a kiddie pool for them. Didn't seem to hurt them either, We bought layer mash so the chickens would lay. We had them all together in the same coop, that was no problem either. The only thing about ducks are how messy they are. They poop a lot, and even though you got a pool, they will make a mess around a waterer, stinking mess at that. Don't know where you live, but keep that waterer out of the coop, they like to shovel it out with their bills and on a floor thick with shavings it makes a MESS. Also, a duck dirties up a waterer terribly with its bill. Outside of that, they are a fun creature
REt



I need help    Posted 06-13-2004 at 18:39:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Please, Juliana


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