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What household foods can you feed a duck?6 min read

Nov 28, 2022 4 min

What household foods can you feed a duck?6 min read

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DON’T: Feed ducks bread or junk food. Foods like bread and crackers have no nutritional value to ducks and can cause malnutrition and painful deformities if consumed too much. DO: Feed ducks cracked corn, oats, rice, birdseed, frozen peas, chopped lettuce, or sliced grapes.

What should you not feed ducks?

Bread, chips, crackers, donuts, cereal, popcorn and similar bread-type products and scraps are never best to feed birds. Feeding ducks bread is bad because the food has little nutritional value and can harm ducklings’ growth, pollute waterways and attract rodents and other pests.

Can I feed ducks bread?

Yes, the ducks are cute, but giving them bread can cause health problems and negatively impact their environment. Bread is high in carbohydrates and has little nutritional value for ducks, which require varied diets to live healthy lives, says Kristin Norris, a veterinary technician at VCA Bridgeport Animal Hospital.

What snacks can I give my duck?

Scrambled eggs are one of our ducks’ favorite treats. Other favorite proteins include dried or live mealworms, earthworms, slugs, crickets, minnows, feeder fish, cooked fish or meat leftovers, lobster or shrimp shells. Avoid: Ducks don’t digest nuts and large seeds well.

Can you give ducks cereal?

Cereals. Although ducks can eat healthy grains and oats, many cereals contain little of these. All cereals, including cornflakes, should be kept away from ducks since they are often high in sugar and contain additives.

What can I feed the ducks in my backyard?

Some great options are lettuce or cabbage (if ducks drove cars, they’d almost certainly have one of those “Eat more kale” bumper stickers). Other things you can give them are: corn (not popcorn), rice, peas, broccoli, tomatoes, and most fruits (not citrus).

Do ducks like bananas?

Ducks can absolutely eat bananas if they want to. Bananas are incredibly nutritious and very safe, making them the perfect treat. Hand-feeding bananas can help you bond with your quacking buddies, so that’s an extra perk, too.

What natural foods do ducks eat?

Depending on the duck, they consume an impressive variety of foods: earthworms, snails, slugs, mollusks, small fish, fish eggs, small crustaceans, grass, herbaceous plants, leaves, aquatic plants (green parts and the roots), algae, amphibians (tadpoles, frogs, salamanders, etc.), insects, seeds, grains, berries and …

What can I feed the ducks in my backyard?

Some great options are lettuce or cabbage (if ducks drove cars, they’d almost certainly have one of those “Eat more kale” bumper stickers). Other things you can give them are: corn (not popcorn), rice, peas, broccoli, tomatoes, and most fruits (not citrus).

What natural foods do ducks eat?

Depending on the duck, they consume an impressive variety of foods: earthworms, snails, slugs, mollusks, small fish, fish eggs, small crustaceans, grass, herbaceous plants, leaves, aquatic plants (green parts and the roots), algae, amphibians (tadpoles, frogs, salamanders, etc.), insects, seeds, grains, berries and …

Can ducks eat uncooked rice?

It’s also important to only give plain rice – never seasoned or fried rice. Giving lots of uncooked rice can give ducks a sore stomach because it reacts with water in their gut. Uncooked rice is perfectly safe in small doses though – in spite of what urban myths might tell you.

Do ducks eat apples?

This delicious food can be fed to your duck as long as they are cut up small enough for consumption, including thin apple slices. Apples are rich in antioxidants. They also contain carbs, sodium, fiber, and a fair amount of water. The apple peel is especially great at aiding in healthy duck digestion.

Can ducks eat carrots?

Carrots are a nutritious treat that can contribute to a well-balanced diet for your ducks if eaten in moderation. Ducks can eat the whole carrot — both the leafy greens and the root — but keep in mind that you should grate, chop, or cook the carrot before giving it to your ducks to minimize the risk of choking.

Can you feed ducks dog food?

As mentioned before, ducks, like humans, are omnivores, which means that they eat both veggies and meat. Therefore, ducks can be given dog food that contains meat and meat by-products. Dog food provides ducks with a high protein boost and provides the birds with other nutrients beneficial for their health.

Can you feed ducks oats?

Oats – rolled oats and even instant porridge oats are fine to feed ducks. You could even feed them small pieces of flapjack, as long as there isn’t too much added sugar. Seeds – bird seed or supermarket-bought seeds for human consumption are fine. Seeds are very nutritious and will be snapped up.

Can ducks eat scrambled eggs?

Yes, ducks can eat scrambled and boiled eggs. For adult ducks, you can include the eggshells (provides extra calcium). For ducklings, leave the eggshells out. They’ll be too hard for your tiny pets to eat, and too much calcium can inhibit organ growth.

Can I feed ducks Cheerios?

Cheerios are safe to feed to ducklings, but the same nutritional concerns for adult ducks also apply to them. Cheerios should be given as an occasional treat and not relied on as a staple in their diet. You should feed ducklings wet Cheerios and not dry cereal to reduce the risk of choking.

Can ducks eat snacks?

In general, they should not have too many treats. No more than 10% of their diet should consist of snacks. From my experience, ducks will eat anything new or anything that they don’t get all the time as a treat. The good news is that they typically know when they’re full, so they do not overeat.

How often should I feed my ducks?

Ducks should get plenty of fresh feed daily. Extra feed should be disposed of daily, especially in wet or humid weather. Many ducks like to dip their pellets in water while eating, and should have a bowl of fresh water nearby.

How much food do ducks need a day?

A grown duck will eat 4-6 ounces of feed per day so I try to measure out the correct amount, but that amount varies by time of year (they eat more in the winter, less in the summer when weeds and bugs are more readily available). Water should always be provided near the feed.

What fruits are toxic to ducks?

That said, not every fruit is safe to feed a duck. You’ll want to avoid citrus fruits, including lemons, grapefruits, limes, and oranges. These foods interfere with a duck’s ability to absorb calcium and can lead to eggs with thin shells.

Do ducks like yogurt?

Dairy is surprisingly a good treat for your ducks. They like yogurt and cottage cheese the most. The easiest way to give this treat is to mix it in oatmeal or other grains.