We received our baby ducks from Murray McMurray Hatcheries May 15th, 2017. We got 6 Hens and 1 Drake...Khaki Campbells. We chose Khaki Campbells because they are a land duck, that isn't totally unhappy if it doesn't have a large pond or lake to swim in. They are reported to be happy with a small pool of water. Right from the start they have been EXTREMELY scared! We have been trying hard to socialize them, but no luck so far. We could tell they were different from Chicks right away...they made a mess of their brooder box immediately by splashing water all over. The instructions that came with them said to keep them dry and warm....they were soaking wet in minutes! We quickly realized we would have to give them different housing than the chicks we had raised earlier. We gave them a larger area which gave them more dry room away from the water. They are full size now and laying beautiful, delicious eggs. Unfortunately and sadly, they are still terrified of us! We hope to hatch our own duck eggs from these adults...hopefully, the babies we raise will be more relaxed! The eggs are still on the small size, but will get larger with time. Posted below are the details for the feed we supply them from New Country Organics in Waynesboro, VA. It is Organic, Non GMO and Soy Free.
Posted below is also a breakdown of the nutritional differences between duck and chicken eggs. Did you know that Chicken Eggs are Acid and Duck Eggs are Alkaline? So if you are trying to get your body's PH level more Alkaline, you should eat Duck eggs. Very interesting! Now I understand why you can put Duck manure right on your plants without burning them, while Chicken manure is hot and will burn your plants if you don't compost it for months before applying.
New Country Organics Soy-Free, Duck Starter Feed is made with organic ingredients and is awaiting organic certification. Our Duck Starter Feed is a complete duckling starter feed and is essentially the same as our Duck Grower Feed, but with a higher protein content (21% vs. 19%) and ground finer for baby ducks. We suggest soy-free Duck Starter Feed for the first 2-3 weeks of the feeding cycle then switch your birds to our certified organic, soy-free Duck Grower Feed. The quacks never stop when your birds get New Country Organics Duck Starter Feed.
Our Certified Organic, Soy-Free Duck Grower Feed is made with certified organic grains, supplemented with organic alfalfa, kelp, flaxseed, and Poultry Nutri-Balancer. Duck Grower can be fed from 3 weeks of age until 1st egg for layers (20 weeks) or until finish for meat birds (7-8 weeks or desired finishing weight). See features for complete ingredient list.
New Country Organics Certified Organic, Soy-Free Duck Layer Feed is a complete nutritional feed of cracked and milled grain that's supplemented with kelp, organic alfalfa, and Poultry Nutri-Balancer. It's formulated with additional calcium for egg shell strength and organic flaxseed to increase the omega-3 content of the eggs. See features for complete ingredient list. Made exclusively with North American organic grains.