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Feeding laying ducks

Just like poultry ducks that are being kept for their eggs require a balanced diet with adequate vitamins and minerals to lay good quality eggs.

A protein content of about 16% is ideal for most laying ducks and if they are free ranging they will supplement this with slugs and insects that they find. It is particularly important to choose a feed that does not contain coccidiostats which are found in many poultry feeds as these can be harmful to ducks.

Feed can be given on an ad lib basis or alternatively your ducks can be fed in the morning once they are let out of their house and again in the evening,  placing the feed in a shallow but heavy based feeder helps to avoid wastage. As a rough guide ducks depending on their size will eat 170 – 200g (6 – 7oz) of food a day.

If you wish to feed your ducks a little mixed corn it is best to do so in the afternoon, as otherwise your ducks will tend to fill up on the corn first and will not eat their layers feed leading to an unbalanced diet and ultimately a drop in egg production and in the health of the bird.
Ducks enjoy foraging in grass as well as other greens such as chickweed, cabbage, lettuce and brassicas, however just as when feeding mixed corn, it is important to give these greens as treats in the afternoon.

Lastly  but by no means least it is vital that your ducks have a supply of clean, fresh water and if possible this should be near to their feeders so that your ducks can drink in between feeding if they wish.
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