As we move into week three, we'll be changing the ducks' food rations a bit. For weeks 1-2, we let them have a constant supply of food so they could get off to a good start. Which they did - they're about three times as big as they were when we first received them as two day old ducklings. Since we're raising them for egg production, we don't want them becoming overweight or developing health problems associated with consuming too much high protein food (we wouldn't worry about those things if we were raising them for meat) so we're going to stop giving them food on a "free choice" basis and only feed them three times a day. They are going to hate it, but it's for their own health! We'll also begin increasing them proportion of oats added to their game bird crumbles. They'll still receive greens many times a day - there's little danger of feeding them too much broccoli or lettuce, they seem to love it, and it gives them something to do while they're cooped up in the house.
Amazing change from day two to day ten!
Here's the reality of raising ducklings - poopy wet bedding to clean every stinkin' morning.
Spraying out the kiddle pool brooder.
That will be the ducks' nighttime house and run as soon as they're old enough or it's warm enough for them to live outside - whichever comes sooner.
For their third week of life, we will decrease the amount of protein in the ducks' food by adding oats to it. And, instead of giving them constant access to this food, we will be feeding them three times a day.
They'll still get all the lettuce, broccoli and other greens as they want. Maybe some bananas or other treats, too.
Feeding them big hunks keeps them occupied.
I collected a few worms and grubs to throw in the bathtub with the ducks.
Jumping from their pet carrier into the bathtub.
We throw lots of chopped greens into the water at bath time.
Let's see how they do with some grubs.
They're on it!
How 'bout a wee worm?
No chance for worms in this tub!