Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LittleBo, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. LittleBo

    LittleBo In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2013
    What treats do you give your ducks?
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Mine get Romaine lettuce, kale, peas, mealworms, corn, melons when on sale, tomatoes, cucumber. squash. pumpkin,
  3. mariehanson

    mariehanson In the Brooder

    Aug 2, 2013
    Northern England, UK
    PEAS! I cant figure out why they go bonkers for peas. Mine also get chopped tomatoes, mealworms and salad leaves.
  4. wafflechicken

    wafflechicken In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2012
    In addition to mealworms, my flock (ducks, chickens, geese) get whatever odds and ends I have around. It's like breathing composting.

    Less than perfect blueberries I won't freeze
    Thinned veggies from the garden (tiny carrots, radishes, etc)
    Corn cobs that I'm done with but they all manage to pick cleaner
    Any trimmed ends of veggies I've prepped for dinner
    Any veggies that are still fine but limper than I would like - my geese have a deep and abiding love for celery
    Turnip and beet greens

    You get the idea.

    But it's blueberries the ducks seem to love the most after the mealworms.
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    I have a question about the celery, I haven't given my geese any because I worry about the strings, do you remove the strings before giving?
  6. wafflechicken

    wafflechicken In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2012
    For the celery I cut them into chunks probably about half inch or so. At that size any strings aren't really going to be anything worse than some of the stringy grasses they eat. (yes, I perhaps spoil the birds sometimes)

    Heck, you should see them with the dark greens leaves (like turnip or collard) that have those stringy, fibrous ribs/stalks. Those I just throw out whole and they literally slurp them up like spaghetti. No problem there either.
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    And all this time I have been chopping up the greens. good grief. okay celery next shopping trip Thanks
  8. OliverZoe

    OliverZoe In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2013
    Mine love lettuce and grapes.
  9. inkedlady

    inkedlady Chirping

    May 24, 2013
    Stoke-on-Trent. Uk
    Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, grapes, melon meal worms koi sticks in the pool first thing in the morning and their fav treat PEAS
  10. wafflechicken

    wafflechicken In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2012
    (and I thought I was the soft touch for cutting up the celery!)

    Ha! Yeah, with the greens you're totally making things hard on yourself.

    That stuff comes from when I harvest greens from the garden (I grow a lot of root veg and harvest the greens several times before I actually pull the root). One bowl has the stuff I'm going to cook or freeze and the other has the holey, tough, limp, whatever stuff. That get's chucked over the fence. And is gone in about 4 and a half minutes.

    The birds actually know now and hover around the garden when I'm out there working.

    Celery I would cut up for them. Not like a fine dice like they're in a Michelin star restaurant but bite sized. As well as they can screw off your finger, geese have a surprisingly hard time biting off chunks of celery.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2013

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