Ducks and their treats - go figure!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newbyduckmom, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    I have tried numerous things for treats, but it seems I have very picky ducks.

    Hard boiled egg - no go
    Black sunflower seeds - some will eat a few
    Cabbage - they have loved since they were little ducklings - also duck weed!
    Cantaloupe - forget it
    Lettuce - it's okay, but we want something better
    Peas - love love love, but it was a learning process
    Celery and carrots - nope
    Swiss chard and kale - gobbled it up
    Apple - forget you!
    Blueberries - yum! Even pick them off the bushes in their old run

    This morning I gave them green peppers. I would have expected them to turn their bills up at it, but they gobbled it down. (Thought the strong taste would deter them). No hesitation or caution, they just gobbled it down.

    I put the two planters that I grew mesclun in this summer (for the ducks) in the duck run this morning. Now it has been frost burned and was bitter a couple of months ago. The ate it to the soil line.

    Oddly, I gave them a bowl of egg shells from the 24 eggs I made deviled eggs from for Christmas (some egg in shells), they demolished the whole bowl and a couple of hours even though they have oyster shell available free choice.

    They prefer dandelions and bugs and slugs....kind of hard to come by in the winter!

    I thought it was tough to cook for my I-don't- eat-veggies husband! (he married a gardener - he has since learned to eat veggies and enjoy them - secret - just don't cook them to mush!)
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
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  2. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    Lol. The only thing my ducks have liked that I've tried so far are peas and worms. Worms are kind of hard to find right now, so they've just been getting peas. [​IMG]
  3. smurfboe

    smurfboe Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 10, 2009
    Phillipston, MA
    Mine are lettuce fiends. It's the only guarantee I have that they will go where and when I want them to.
  4. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    I gave our ducks some tuna casserole.... I put in a bowl and walked away..........they gobbled it up!!! Loved it!!!!!
  5. skillswife

    skillswife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    SW Montana
    Mine love zucchini squash and pumpkins!
  6. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    One of my rescued hens LOVES oranges. She will eat them if you toss them to her and she will dig the peels out of the compost. There is orange peel all over the yard since she got here [​IMG]
  7. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    Quote:They can eat orange peels? All be darned. No more throwing away orange peels!
  8. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    I've tryed grass with my three ducklings, but they just gave me the evil eye and started screaming. [​IMG] I need to try some new things to get them to eat from my hand.


    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    Mine hate peas! And carrots! And most stuff! HOWEVER! They LOVE LOVE LOVE! Cellery! They cant get enough of it! That and fried eggs! Talk about yummy for them!
  10. Aetheling05

    Aetheling05 New Egg

    Sep 3, 2011
    So far, the only "treat" our ducks will eat in addition to their foraging and feed is stinkbugs!

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