Aylesbury ducks can be fattened and also kept for egg laying. They can be processed for meat when 7-8 weeks old. Between weeks 9-14 they get a new set of feathers and plucking is difficult. From weeks 14-17 heavier weights are achieved with males achieving weights of 10-12 lbs and heavier and females from 9-11 lbs. After week 17 birds move to a reproduction mode and with good management, egg laying will commence by week 30.
For good results correct feeding is important. A chick starter crumb that is suitable for ducks (e.g. Red Mills Chick Starter) should be fed ad-lib for the first 2-3 week. Then the protein needs are reduced and a grower pellet diet is sufficient.
• Keep food and water at a distance from the heat source.
▪ Always ensure that water is available with food.
▪ Ducks fir fattening by week 8 should have food available ad-lib for best results. After week 8 the growth rate slows down and food conversion is not as efficient.
▪ A 250-watt infra-red lamp suspended 15 inches above the bedding, will provide heat for 50-60 day old ducklings. Gradually raise the heating lamp when weaning off heat, A hardboard surround will keep out draughts.
▪ Fattening ducks grow twice as fast as chickens and sufficient space should be allowed.
▪ Ducklings can be reared on straw, wood shaving or on wire mesh (i/2 inch). Straw is very satisfactory from day 1 provided a clean supply is maintained
For more advice on the rearing of ducklings, get in contact with Ballyrichard Duck And Goose Hatchery today.
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For more advice on bird rearing, get in contact with Ballyrichard Duck And Goose Hatchery today
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