Posted September 29, 2018 11:15:48 Australian ducks are being fed the wrong diet, according to new research which has revealed that they are being raised for ducks.
Key points: Scientists have identified a problem with duck breeding in Australia, with scientists discovering that ducks fed on wheat are being less successful than other ducks The research is also raising concern about the use of antibiotics in ducks and other domestic pets, as well as a decline in the number of wild ducks The study, conducted by scientists at the University of Melbourne, looked at how the birds were raised and found they were fed a mixture of grains, wheat and rice, with the birds fed wheat for about 30 days.
The researchers then looked at the animals’ performance on tests such as agility, strength and water balance.
They found that birds raised on grains had a lower agility and water endurance than those on grains that were fed with rice.
They also found that ducks raised on grain had lower water resistance and a lower water weight.
“What we’re seeing in the birds we’re showing in the laboratory is that when we feed ducks with grains, that they get more of these problems,” Dr Chris Macquarie, one of the study’s authors, said.
“They have these problems with water retention, water balance, and agility and then they’re less likely to be successful in breeding, even though the animals are being provided with the right food.”
Dr Macquary said he was concerned about the research because of the impact on the birds.
“The study is showing a lot of problems for the birds,” he said.
Dr Macdougary said it was not clear how long the study would take to complete and that the results would not be published until 2018.
“But it’s certainly a big problem for the ducks,” he added.
Dr John Fuchs, a researcher at the Queensland University of Technology, said it appeared to be a major problem for many Australian ducks.
“It’s really, really concerning to me that there are ducks being bred in Australia where it’s very, very poor,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
Mr Fuchs said he had been aware of the problem for some time, but had not been able to find any conclusive studies on the subject. “
If you look at the water table in Australia you’re seeing an overall decline in water quality, you’re also seeing the decline in duck numbers, and I think that has a huge impact on their future.”
Mr Fuchs said he had been aware of the problem for some time, but had not been able to find any conclusive studies on the subject.
“We’ve just been looking at what we can learn from the birds and I’ve been very aware of that,” he explained.
Dr Fuchs was particularly concerned about a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B which found that Australian ducks had lower agility than other breeds.
Dr Fitzroy said the research showed that it was very difficult to feed ducks the right diet.
“For the duck breeder, the ducks are going to have to feed their ducks in a particular way and there’s no way that you can really feed them all the right things to them at the same time,” he warned.
“So you’ve got to be really, very careful.”
The research was published on the same day as the release of the new National Geographic Duck Watch Guide.
The guide includes a list of the top 10 places to hunt ducks in Australia.