If you have ever been to a park and seen little ducklings and gorgeous full grown ducks frolicking in the water and waddling along without a care in the world, you have probably thought to yourself, “I wonder, what do ducks eat?” Well wonder no longer, we have got you covered.
What Do Ducks Eat – An Explanation
First off it is important to understand that not all ducks will be eating the same food. The main reason for this is not all ducks will have access to the same quality and variance of food as others. For example, ducks who are also pets are likely to receive more nutritious and thoughtful food from their owners, compared to wild ducks. Although, many wild ducks will get food from humans. This is especially true for people who visit parks filled with ducks, or people who have ducks attracted to their gardens, maybe because they are growing vegetables the ducks find delicious. If this is the case, it’s important to note that Bioweed is safe to use in areas where ducks live.
Pet ducks are fortunate enough to be able to receive food with the exact nutritional values they need to flourish. This also means that their diet will be catered to their age. Below is an explanation of what do ducks eat as pets:
Zero to three weeks old – at this age it is best to feed ducks store-bought feed that includes all the nutrition required for them at this age.
Three to twenty weeks old – when ducks are at this age they should be given a different food that will help them grow. Protein is also more important for ducks when they are this age, compared to their younger age.
Older than twenty weeks – when ducks reach this age it is fine for them to eat appropriate grain and pellet feed. They can also be given appropriate fruit and vegetables as treats.
While wild ducks will eat the food that people offer them, it is often vastly different from what they usually eat. In the wild, the foods that ducks usually eat to survive are grasses, insects, herbs, and clovers.
However, the wild ducks that are given food from people will be eating much more than those who don’t. If you are someone who enjoys feeding ducks on occasion, there are a few things you should be mindful of.
First, you need to make sure that you are feeding the ducks in an area where it is not prohibited. Second, once the ducks have had their fill you must stop feeding them immediately. The chemicals from the food people chuck into the water may negatively impact the ecosystem where the ducks live. Third, make sure you are feeding the ducks food which is not harmful to them. Below is a list of what ducks eat that you can feed them.
Foods that ducks may eat include:
- Cut grapes
- Rolled Oats (uncooked)
- Brown rice (uncooked)
- Broccoli (raw)
- Spinach (raw)
- Lettuce (raw)
- Carrot (raw)
- Corn (Either frozen or after being thawed)
- Peas (either frozen or after being thawed)
Food like bread or baked food should never be fed to ducks because they provide no nutritional value.
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