Ducks

Worldwide duck production is developing fast. Ducks are currently kept in intensive production systems, as well as scavenging on their own on the paddy lands. Whilst breeding and selection have resulted in improvements in duck breeds in terms of faster growth rates, lower FCR, better meat quality or egg output, as a duck farmer, you wonder what improvements you can make in the production of feathers, meat and/or eggs to meet your farm goals. With our tailored solutions and management tools, we help duck farmers worldwide achieve their individual production goals.

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Your benefit from our Duck approach

Whether your focus is on optimising performance or lowering production costs, we understand that, as a broiler or layer duck farmer, you can only achieve your production goals with nutritional products that perfectly meet the needs of your ducks. With our feed products combined with our management support, you can achieve an excellent feed conversion ratio, low mortality rates and results that meet or even exceed the technical target results of the breeding companies. Besides tailored nutritional products for commercial ducks, we also supply special parent stock feed solutions for the production of high-quality, day-old ducks.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DUCKS

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Ducks are mainly kept for eggs and meat production. At De Heus we can provide you with specific nutritional recommendations based on the production target, but also the breed you are using. Own research with different duck breeds have allowed us to create breed specific recommendations that will result in most optimal performance. This is needed, as for example ducks have a much higher percentage of body fat compared to broiler chickens and turkeys.

Feed, water, light and climate are the most important factors that determine the production potential of your flock. Also, it is the combination of all these factors that create the best circumstances for optimal health and performance. Fortunately, at De Heus we have both nutrition and management specialists who can help you with this. From a nutritional point of view it is all about the right nutrients, provided in the right amount and at the right time. Based on own research results and in collaboration with others, we continuously refine our feeding recommendations to make sure you can achieve the optimal results from our end. Because there are so many factors involved in optimizing the performance of your ducks, please contact a specialist to discuss your options and to receive an advice based on your specific situation.

At De Heus we are continuously looking into ways to further optimize feed costs. On one hand we do this by smart sourcing of ingredients and optimizing our production processes. On the other hand we continue to further improve and optimize the feed composition, resulting in improved nutrient utilization and performance of your broiler chickens. Optimization can be done by e.g. better understanding the nutrient requirements of the broiler at different ages (precision feeding), but also by studying individual (novel) ingredients with respect to digestibility and nutrient availability to the bird. Lastly, also latest feed production technologies can help to improve feed quality and nutrient availability.

Feed efficiency is an important production variable for many farmers around the world. When feed efficiency is dropping or suboptimal, the first thing to do is a farm analysis with your feed advisor and / or veterinarian. But, we can also support you if you want to further improve the feed efficiency of a flock that is already performing well. Our extensive knowledge on management and feeding practices, can help you to finetune feeding phases in relation to the production goal you have in mind. Related to this, an important item to keep in mind here is the genetic potential of your birds. Together with the health status of your ducks it will determine the potential of your flock when it comes to feed efficiency.