What Do I Feed Smokey?
Great question! Let's talk about what I feed Smokey and what you can feed your pet ducks as well!
Smokey is a free range duck on 42 acres. We have two ponds, pasture, woods, and creeks. Most of his diet is foraged from swimming in ponds, grazing, and foraging in the leaves. If you are interested on how we keep him safe while he free ranges, we have a post about that coming soon.
We feed him a feed called Nature Crest Non-Gmo Soy-free Layer Feed. We use layer feed since we have a few females in our duck flock. This feed has essential oils and natural coccidiosis prevention ingredients included in it. It also has enough niacin to sustain waterfowl. It can be fed to chickens as well. We feed this to our entire flock. We have bantam and large fowl chickens, geese, and of course, our ducks. All of our birds have healthy feathers, strong immune systems, and are active. They seem to be doing very well off of this feed. It is also affordable, unlike many other organic feeds. It is 16 dollars per 50 pound bag, unlike many I have seen that are closer to 30 bucks a bag.
Smokey and his flock also get treats such as watermelon, spinach, kale, and other greens. He gets tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, and other fruits as well. We also give vitamin supplements and whole grains before poultry shows to give his feathers some extra shine. You can feed whatever brand of feed you like, and give whatever treats you like, I am just telling you what I feed my ducks. Personally, I am into natural feeds and lifestyles for my animals, so non-gmo and soy-free feed suits my preferences for my animals, but of course, do whatever works well for you. If you want to learn more about what we feed our show birds, I have a post just for you! Thank you for reading and please comment what you think!