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harry

  • Joined Mar 2009
Ducks on grass
« on: December 08, 2018, 02:22:21 pm »
Just sold my geese, thinking what's next maybe a few  geese next year for my own consumption, would like a regular supply of duck meat, can ducks be reared on grass with a start and finish with pellets if so which are best grazers?
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doganjo

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Clackmannanshire
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Re: Ducks on grass
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2018, 08:58:17 pm »
I don't find that my ducks eat much grass.  They dibble about underneath that and the moss for beasties.  Mine are as pets and for eggs so I feed them layers pellets, with occasional mixed grain as treats.
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Clarebelle

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
Re: Ducks on grass
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2018, 08:42:27 am »
my ducks like greens, lettuce, and cabbage etc. but i wouldn't say they were grazers. They would need a daily ration of pellets/mixed grain i would think

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Ducks on grass
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2018, 08:49:00 am »
My ducks don’t eat much grass either. They need a proper diet of grain to finish properly.

harry

  • Joined Mar 2009
Re: Ducks on grass
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2018, 12:33:09 pm »
Yes what I thought.

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Ducks on grass
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2018, 12:49:08 pm »
What about Muscovies?  Just a thought.
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macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Ducks on grass
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2018, 09:44:46 pm »
Muscovies eat a little bit more grass than "normal" ducks not bit near as much as geese. Mind you in the winter I feed them very little - they mostly free range and eat slugs and whatever then can find in the brook.
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