Don’t feed bread to the ducks

imageIt was only last year that I discovered that it wasn’t good to be feeding bread to the ducks. Before then I had been naively taking my little munchkins to the duck pond to feed bread to the ducks.

Feeding our ducks, geese and swans that processed white bread has no real nutritional value. When they fill themselves up with bread they don’t eat other food which would give them the nutrients they need to be healthy. The ducks can get poorly from not getting the right nutrients. If you’re interested in reading more check out this article from IFLScience.

So I’m guessing you’d still like to enjoy a trip to the duck pond and feed them something…but what? They enjoyed theses tasty oats we fed them, they weren’t very impressed with the peas!


Here’s a list of good nutritional food that’s safe for ducks

  • Bird Seed – any type of mix.
  • Grapes (halved)
  • Frozen peas (defrosted)
  • Earthworms
  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Chopped veg – trimmings are fine
  • Wheat or barley
  • Cracked corn

We are still experimenting with what foods they like best. We’ve also fed them apple and banana, which I’m guessing is fine?! We haven’t yet experienced the same crazy desire ducks and geese seem to have for bread.


Have you tried feeding your local ducks some of the food on the list? What have you had most success with?