Every animal goes through different growth phases. For egg-laying ducks, there are three main phases: duckling, immature adult, and layer. Meat breeds would focus on the first two phases. We stress the importance of feeding the right feed at the right time. In this 3 part series, we discuss the differences between our NCO Duck Starter, Duck Grower, and Duck Layer feeds.
Now that your birds are nearing 20 weeks of age or have just begun laying, it is time to transition them to Duck Layer. This feed is formulated with vitamins, minerals, and quality grains to support egg production and adult nutritional needs and should be offered free choice. Similar to the Duck Starter and Duck Grower, Duck Layer is also formulated with higher niacin than standard poultry feeds to prevent conditions such as angel wing from occurring. During molt, increasing the protein content in the diet can help ducks replenish their body reserves more quickly and help with feather production, as feathers are approximately 90% protein. Layers can be switched to Duck Grower during molt or given treats like Grubblies, which is dried black soldier fly larvae that has 35% protein and 25% fat. Increasing access to forage is also recommended for all life stages. While not necessary for production, ducks do enjoy water and it is recommended to keep shallow pools nearby for their use. Fresh drinking water should always be made available, as it helps move food down the digestive system and clean beak vents.
If you have any questions about duck care, please contact our Sales Team at 540-469-0694 for assistance.