You’ll all have been blown away by the lovely photo of Molly and her babies last week. Well I’m glad to say they are thriving :)
She’s even taken them to the pond…. scared the living daylights out of me. There are cattle in the field too. She took on two of the cows who attempted to get close to babies…. and she won :)
When we had our chick born here last year I enquired locally about buying chick feed – the technical term is ‘chick crumb’ – the smallest bag I could get was huge! And was full of gm maize and corn so I resorted to making my own.
When it came to feeding the ducklings I didn’t even try to buy stuff, I just went on the old ‘google’ and did some research. Ducklings can tolerate a slightly different feed to chicks. So I will share the recipe I am using.
As an aside…. I am buying the seeds and dry fruits in our local Aldi store. I am sure when the high powered Buyers and Marketeers sat down and decided to introduce this new range of seeds…. Duck Feed was not on their list. I would love to know their reaction :) It makes me giggle at the thought of them sitting there in their suits… thinking healthy breads and breakfasts! Not Duck Feed!
- 200 gr Rolled Barley
- 200 gr Porridge Oats
- 70 gr Sunflower Seeds
- 70 gr Pumpkin Seeds
- 70 gr Lentils
- 50 gr wheatgerm
- 50 gr sesame seeds
- 20 gr linseed/flax seeds
- Sprinkling of dried fruit
I know – I’m probably just being fussy – but I blitz down the first four ingredients…. the pumpkin seeds are the hardest to blitz. Then just add in the rest of the ingredients.
When I made the first batch it lasted almost the entire week. This week – there are 11 ducklings – I am making it every second day. So next week I may resort to making a bigger batch at a time.
Have you guessed that I am a little besotted with these ducklings?