Nine out of ten ducks agree that feeding ducks is a fun and wholesome activity. But before you head off to your local pond, here are a few things to keep in mind:
DON’T: Feed ducks bread or junk food. Foods like bread and crackers have no nutritional value to ducks and can cause malnutrition and painful deformities if consumed too much.
DO: Feed ducks cracked corn, oats, rice, birdseed, frozen peas, chopped lettuce, or sliced grapes. These foods are similar to natural foods ducks will forage for on their own.
DON’T: Leave uneaten food lying around. Leftover food in the water can rot and cause deadly algae blooms that affect local wildlife.
DO: Clean up after yourself. Make sure to dispose of all trash, including plastic wrappers, twist ties, and uneaten food.
DON’T: Try to pet wild ducks. They may not appreciate your efforts!
DO: Keep a respectful distance and remain nonthreatening, especially to ducklings who may become stressed or injured more easily.