Duck Feeding PSA

Don’t feed ducks bread!

No bread, of any kind, has any nutritional value for ducks. By feeding them bread, it fills their stomachs while providing no nutrients. It’s essentially the equivalent of humans eating cotton balls, or grass. This also goes for such snacks as tortilla chips, regular chips, pretzels, cheesies etc. The oil, salt, and/or flavoring on any human snack is no good for ducks. This is especially important for the wee ones during the breeding season, while they’re growing.

Ducklings

If you’re wondering what to feed ducks, consider these alternate options:

  • Cracked corn
  • Wheat, barley or similar grains
  • Oats (uncooked; rolled or quick)
  • Rice (cooked, NOT uncooked)
  • Milo
  • Birdseed (any type or mix)
  • Grapes (cut in half)
  • Frozen peas or corn (defrosted, no need to cook)
  • Earthworms
  • Mealworms (fresh or dried)
  • Chopped lettuce or other greens or salad mixes
  • Vegetable trimmings or peels (chopped)
  • Duck feed pellets or poultry starter pellets

These foods more closely mirror the duck’s natural food sources.

male-mallard

 

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Andrea Mott

Author: Andrea Mott

Andrea is New York state native currently working in Northern California as a waterfowl biologist. She is an avid birder and aspiring bird photographer. She enjoys sampling the local cuisine in whichever location her birding adventures take her. Check out some of her photography on her Tumblr birdsandbirds.

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