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ducks and grapes?

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I am getting a couple runner ducks this spring and was going to put them in an area where there is a concord grape vine growing. I know grapes are ok, but was just wondering if it is safe for them to eat grapes seeds?

post #2 of 6

I never thought about it until I saw this post, but I have never had a duck die from eating grapes off the vine. I would imagine free ranges they would not eat enough to harm themselves. Crazy, but animals are alot of times smarter than humans when it comes to free range eating.

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post #3 of 6

Other than a small (very small) choking hazard the seeds pose no risk, just keep water acceptable in case they need something to help wash one down.

post #4 of 6

I do remember reading somewhere on this forum of someone that gave their duck a grape and they sadly choked to death on it. So if you were actually giving them grapes as a treat I would cut them up, but there isn't much you can do if they find a grape while free ranging...I imagine this isn't a common occurrence though, they should be fine.

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I do remember reading somewhere on this forum of someone that gave their duck a grape and they sadly choked to death on it. So if you were actually giving them grapes as a treat I would cut them up, but there isn't much you can do if they find a grape while free ranging...I imagine this isn't a common occurrence though, they should be fine.

I slice grapes for mine.

 

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I used to slice grapes for mine.  Then I saw them finding snails while free ranging and swallowing some  huge ones whole!  I used to smash the big ones when I found them but not so much anymore.  I think the ducks will be fine foraging for their own grapes ;-)

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