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Old 02/11/10, 06:17 PM
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Can Ducks eat potato peelings?

If they can, should I cook them up a bit so they are kinda soft or just raw?
I usually give them leftover veggies, cabbage, romaine lettuce, etc. but was peeling potatoes for dinner tonight & just wondered if I could give the peelings to the ducks.

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Old 02/11/10, 06:20 PM
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Yes they can have them. Will they eat them? Probably not. At least, my chickens/muscovy ducks never touched them. They picked everything else, but not potato peels. I wonder if it's because they don't particularly like them, or if it's because they LOOK like dirt and they don't know it's food.

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Old 02/11/10, 06:38 PM
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Thanks mygoat, I guess I'll try it then. If they don't like them or don't eat them it's no big deal & iIll know not to give them to them again.

How's your egg's in the incubator doing?

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Old 02/11/10, 08:03 PM
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My chickens will eat them if they're boiled but I've never seen the ducks touch them. But my ducks don't even eat bread all that well so they may not be a good example.

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Old 02/12/10, 05:21 AM
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I cooked these a bit so they are kinda soft. Will see what they do with them today.

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Old 02/14/10, 03:57 AM
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I have heard that potatoe peelings are not digestable for chickens if not cooked. Not sure if its the same for ducks though.

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Old 02/14/10, 06:48 AM
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Well they picked at them a little bit & probly ate some but I don't think they like them very well. I won't give them to them again.

I made goulash last night so I always cook extra pasta so I can save some for the ducks. They'll be happy with that today.

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Old 02/14/10, 10:46 AM
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My eggs are doing well... of the 14 or so I set on the 5th, 9 are *for sure* fertile - some had me guessing. I set 4 more 2/10, and I'll start to know tomorrow which are fertile.

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Old 02/15/10, 09:35 AM
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My eggs are doing well... of the 14 or so I set on the 5th, 9 are *for sure* fertile - some had me guessing. I set 4 more 2/10, and I'll start to know tomorrow which are fertile.

Congratulations! I think that's pretty cool! I wouldn't mind trying to hatch a few duck eggs after it get's a little warmer here though. I bet it's pretty exciting seeing those little birds crack the shell & come out. How adorable too!
My luck I'll end up with a bunch of males & no females!
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Old 02/15/10, 05:37 PM
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As for trying new foods, offer them several times before you give up. Ducks can take a long time to adjust to something new. One thing my ducks DO like is a winter squash that has frozen and gotten soft, they will tunnel right through it.

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Old 02/15/10, 06:30 PM
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Congratulations! I think that's pretty cool! I wouldn't mind trying to hatch a few duck eggs after it get's a little warmer here though. I bet it's pretty exciting seeing those little birds crack the shell & come out. How adorable too!
My luck I'll end up with a bunch of males & no females!
Yeah, I thought for sure most would have gotten too cold... I only collect eggs 1x per day. But, I'm not complaining!
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Old 02/16/10, 04:47 PM
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I am with Slyrei as I have read something about not giving raw potatoes to chickens. Can't remember the reason but it was a good one. I don't do it.

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