Up to 3 weeks old, ducklings should be fed waterfowl starter crumbs or unmedicated chick crumbs. You can start them off the day after hatching by sprinkling a few crumbs on the floor of the brooder near a feeder that they will eventually use.
They won’t usually start eating during the first 24-48 hours but don’t worry, the yolk sack from the egg is absorbed into their body before they hatch and provides them with sufficient nutrition during this time. Ducklings can be allowed to eat as much as they want, so keep feeders topped up and allow free access. Continue reading
Let half a dozen adult hens have the run of the garden and they will take over completely, scratching up your best plants and making dust baths in the dahlias.
Spotting exactly where you dig and plant, they are always first in the queue for juicy morsels turned up by your trowel and selfishly snip the delicate beginnings of your seedlings before they have a chance to mature into something edible or pretty.
It may sound like a match made in hell but with some forethought, poultry can actually enhance your gardening efforts. Continue reading
A common question I hear is ‘Can you feed ducklings chick crumbs’. The answer is yes, you can feed chick crumbs / growers pellets however, they must not be medicated. Ducklings and goslings should not be fed medicated feeds that are for chicks since they can die from some of the coccidiostats (drugs) that are used in the feed to prevent coccidiosis. Continue reading
There are many mixed opinions about keeping chickens and ducks together in the same enclosure. From a purists point of view, they should be kept in separate enclosures but I have kept my chickens and ducks together for many years with very few problems. Here are a few things for you to consider.
Before getting some ducks for the back garden, many people ask how noisy they are going to be. Many of us have neighbours to consider and just like a crowing cockerel can be a problem, some ducks can make quite a bit of noise. Continue reading