Feeding Ducks – The Proper Way

Our new passion is feeding the ducks!  Joe is 39, I am 38, Si is 14, and Ben is 4 and we all LOVE feeding the ducks, but I am often concerned we are doing more harm than good.  What are you supposed to feed ducks and geese?  Is bread the right choice?  I was always told no on the bread questions.  So what are we supposed to feed these little guys?

According to TheSpruce.com, we should feed the ducks Cracked corn, Wheat, barley, or similar grains, Oats (uncooked; rolled or quick), Rice (plain white or brown, cooked or uncooked), Milo seed, or Birdseed (any type or mix).

We went with birdseed and I was able to find one for $5 at the local Dollar General and another for $1. I bought a 3-pack of plastic containers to devie out the goods.  You could also go by your local feed store or Berend Bros. and pick up cracked corn or milo seed.

There were other duck food options I would’ve never guessed like grapes (cut in half or quartered if very large, nut hearts or pieces (any type but without salt, coatings, or flavoring, frozen peas or corn (defrosted, no need to cook, earthworms (fishing bait or dug from the garden, mealworms (fresh or dried)

Chopped lettuce or other greens or salad mixes.


Make sure to NOT feed them bread, chips, crackers, donuts, cereal, popcorn, and similar bread-type products and junk food scraps. 

Here some weird Duck facts:

They can sleep with one eye open!! – Ducks can turn off half their brain while keeping the other half alert for predators.  Ducks will usually only fully rest both halves if they are feeling safe & protected either in the middle of a large group of ducks or in a safe location.   https://www.thecapecoop.com/11-amazing-duck-facts/

Ducks feet have no nerves or blood vessels, meaning that their feet do not feel the cold! This enables ducks to swim in icy water, and walk in ice and snow.

A common urban legend is that a duck’s quack does not echo. This has however, been proven to be false.  http://justfunfacts.com/interesting-facts-about-ducks/

Enjoy feeding the ducks!

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