Probably one of the most common images conceivable while
strolling on a lovely summer day in a nearby park with adorable
little ducks in a pond is of the passersby throwing these
creatures crumbs of bread or crackers, or even pieces of
doughnuts or bits of popcorn. What most people do not know
about feeding ducks is that these types of tidbits are
potentially dangerous to them. Bread, for ducks, is equivalent
to junk food, and therefore an excessive amount can lead to
malnutrition and weight gain. Bread is acceptable if given in
moderation but it is extremely difficult to judge the amount of
their intake if everybody keeps on throwing them these morsels.
Waterfowl such as ducks can thrive beautifully on aquatic
plants, grass, even snails and insects. If the urge of feeding
ducks must be satisfied, one can give them chopped hardboiled
eggs even with the shell on, vegetable greens, or tomatoes.
Otherwise, the urge should be curbed.
As for pets and domesticated ducks, unmedicated mash pellets
are the recommended staple food. It can be supplemented with
the above mentioned duck snacks such as vegetable trimmings,
tomatoes, boiled eggs with shell on, and even some cracked
corn. Cracked corn though must not be used as a staple as it
does not supply the proper amount of protein, which can pose
health problems. It is also important to always read labels
because the level of protein is crucial to a duck’s growth.
Here is a brief summary of the advisable protein levels for
feeding ducks according to their age requirements:
– Ducklings to three weeks: 20-22% protein
– Adolescents (3 to 6weeks): 16% protein
– Females over 6weeks (laying): 16-18% protein
– Females over 6weeks (not laying) or Males over 6weeks: 14-16%
When feeding ducks, always make sure they have fresh drinking
water. Ducks have no teeth, so the water is essential for them
to swallow their food. Pellets and crumbles are ideal because
they are very simple to use and do not make much of a mess.
Here is a quick look on what to feed your domestic duck:
– Staple foods: Mash, crumbles or pellets
– Supplements: Vegetable greens, tomatoes, carrots
-> chopped hardboiled eggs with shell on
-> worms, snails, slugs, insects
– Avoid: Bread, seeds, nuts
-> human food that even humans should not consume in large
amounts such as fatty, salty, and
Remember to consult your veterinarian for more explicit
instructions on feeding ducks, in order to provide your ducks
with optimum care.
Are you looking for more tips on feeding ducks? If you think
you still need guidance on where to start, consulting
existing duck owners and farmers will certainly be a big
help. If you would like to learn more about raising ducks
correctly, click here: http://www.howtoraiseducks.com.