Ducks are incredibly hardy and adaptable, however to maintain optimum egg production and health they need the correct balance of nutrients and a constant supply of water.
For domestic laying ducks it is perfectly acceptable to feed them chicken layers pellets which have the right concentrations of protein (16-18%), calcium (2-3%), carbohydrates, fibre (6%), Omega 3 oils (4%), vitamins and minerals.
Ducklings need a special food called chick crumbs for the first 8 weeks after which time they need a 'growers' ration until they are about 16-18 weeks old. From this time on they can be on adult rations of Layers pellets ( See image on right ) which is a mixed and balanced feed.
The amount you feed your duck depends on its size and the table below gives a rough guide.
|0 - 1.5||120|
|1.5 - 2||160|
|2 - 3||200|
|3 - 4||270|
The Eglu's food container will, when full, contain 1.8kg of layers pellets. Enough food for two large ducks for up to three days.
The eglu water container holds about 3 litres of water (about 5 pints) which should last two ducks a couple of days. It is however a good idea to check the water every day.
Duck bills are very versatile allowing them to forage for plant material such as seeds, grains, acorns, grass shoots and also insects, snails and slugs and aquatic invertebrates. If you look closely, you can see a kind of serrated fringe along a duck's bill. This uneven edge not only allows it to grip food more securely, but it also strains tiny plants and animals from water or mud. Orchards are an excellent location for ducks, as are pastures with clover. In a garden they should be kept out of areas such as vegetable patches and bedding areas with young tender plants.
As a treat for your ducks you can put a low wattage light about 30cm of the ground and at night your ducks will feast on the insects that swarm to the light. This is of course a little unfair on the insects.