Throwing bread in to the pond of our local park o attract the attention of the ducks is played out by children the world over.
However, feeding ducks bread isn’t good for them. They love it and will eat it, but it just bloats them so much that they don’t naturally forage for the food which they need. Bread has little nutritional value and can harm ducklings’ growth, pollute waterways and attract RATS.
Ducks should not be fed any products that are spoiled or mouldy – different types of mould can be fatal to waterfowl. Good Foods for Ducks
The best foods for ducks are those that provide the nutrients, minerals and
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vitamins the birds need for healthy growth and development. Many of these foods are similar to the natural food that ducks would forage for themselves.
1. Sweetcorn – It turns out that ducks are quite partial to a sweetcorn. Tinned, frozen or fresh! Obviously, remove them from the tin first.
2. Lettuce – As a nation we’re guilty of throwing away a vast amount of lettuce, especially the bagged variety. Instead of consigning it to the bin, rip it into pieces and treat your local ducks. Rocket, Kale and Iceberg are all great choices.
3. Frozen peas – There’s no need to cook them but make sure you defrost them first!
4. Oats – Flapjacks, rolled oats and even instant porridge oats will be a huge hit with ducks.
5. Seeds – Whether you buy bird seed or seeds from the healthy aisle in the supermarket – the ducks will be very grateful for these nutritious nibbles.
6. Rice – Wild ducks will appreciate a handful of leftover rice from a takeaway. (Just remember to keep the crispy duck all to yourself. You can also use uncooked rice are both fine.)
Duck feed pellets or poultry starter pellets are another great option, and they can be purchased from farming or agricultural supply stores.