Duck treats

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fowl farm, May 25, 2012.

  1. fowl farm

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    What are good duck treats? So far all I've given mine is lettuce and when we mow I dump the grass clippings in their pen (which, by the way, they love! They forage in it and nest/sleep in it during the day)
     
  2. jessiduck

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    This also applies to grown ducks ^^^^^^^
     
  4. veronicasmom

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    I don't know if this is true with ducks, but grass clippings are VERY bad for horses. They ferment VERY quickly and become toxic. Or so I was told many times. And a vet concurred. So, I'd be careful with them in the duck pen at least until I checked into it further. JMO.
    I give chopped carrot (only a hit with a few), shredded cabbage, PEAS, any kind of cut up greens (except iceberg) or the stems from the greens that I might be cooking (chard, kale, etc.). I have tried cheerios, but my ducks look at me like I am nuts, so I quit that. But, hands down, peas are the favorite.
     
  5. quackinhuggable

    quackinhuggable In the Brooder

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    why not iceberg?i never knew ducks liked peas well you learn something new every day!!
     
  6. fowl farm

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    Hmmmm. Well, they haven't died yet! I don't think they eat it, but I'll check. Thanks
     
  7. Wynette

    Wynette Crowing

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    grass clippings will ferment if they are damp, and piled up high. If you sprinkle them in, or sprinkle them into their drinking water or pond, it would be just fine.
     
  8. veronicasmom

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    quackinhuggable- I don't really know why not iceberg, but what I was told was that the water content is so high it gives them diarrhea. Now, personally, I would say, how do you know when a duck has diarrhea? And they drink water a lot. So, the no iceberg thing doesn't really make sense to me. But since I don't buy it for us anyway it is easy to skip feeding to my ducks. Maybe someone else has another explanation.
    If you want to have a good laugh, thaw some frozen peas and start tossing them to your ducks. It took mine a few minutes to catch on, but when they did, look out! Just a riot to watch them. All of them go crazy when they see us coming with the pea container.
     
  9. fowl farm

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    Because they play and rest in it, it gets spread around pretty quickly.
     
  10. jessiduck

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    Iceberg lettuce causes diarrhea!
    Another thing ducks like are dandelion leaves and the dandelion flower (the yellow head pulled apart in shreds!)
     

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