HI everyone! I have actually been a member of this forum for some time, but for some reason I could no longer log in and also for some reason was not getting the reset password emails .. only solution after a week of trying was create a new account.. We have 5 ducks.. Yoshi, Quackers, Olive, Sniffles, and Squeeker. I believe they are all female (except maybe Quackers.. ), but waiting to be positive is not an issue for us. They are around 4 weeks old. They are all Rouen except for Olive. She is a Khaki Campbell. She was given to us by mistake with our other ducks, and as the place we ordered from said they would get along just fine we kept her. Our real dilemma is this.. EVERYWHERE online, on this forum, in the HIGHLY recommended second edition Storey's guide to raising ducks by Dave Holderread - There are conflicting recommendations on weather or not you can safely feed your ducks bread, crackers, ect. On this forum under the Ultimate list of Duck treats it says DO NOT feed these items as it will shorten your ducks life. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/242460/the-ultimate-list-of-duck-treats-and-supplements In Storey's guide to raising ducks, it actually states that one of the positive reasons for having ducks is they are a " Garbage Disposal" and he specifically lists stale baked goods, outdated dairy products, and curdled milk (among other things), as things you can feed your duck. He does in fact write "The rule of thumb is this: If humans can eat it, ducks most likely will also - as long as its in a form they can swallow." and then goes on to write about a group of ducks fed exclusively on school leftovers for 9 months will no ill effects other than fewer eggs. Baked goods (IMO) is bread, and other items of the like. It can also entail cookies, cake, and other sugar laden foods which I wouldn't feed them as I do not even feed them to my children except very special occasions. But this is where I am getting confused. Because "Baked Goods" can entail so many things, so what exactly is Dave Holderread saying we can feed them.. And if this book is the "go to guide for raising ducks" as I have been told by many, then wouldn't he know if these items would affect the life expectancy of the duck? I read this book from cover to cover, and he at no time stated that feeding these items would or would not shorten their life. So I am completely confused. Can I give my ducks "baked good" items as treats or not? My kids always loved giving day old bread to the ducks at the park every few weekends, and now they are worried we have hurt them. And are a little sad we cannot give it to our ducks. We feed our ducks as healthy as possible, and "treats" are greens that they love (chard, kale, peas, other veggies) But if they can occasionally have bread too, then that is something we would like to know. Especially as it would relieve our minds on if the feeding we have done to the "pond" ducks in the past has actually harmed them in the long run.