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Updated on June 25, 2014

Feed ducks some oatmeal!

I always thought that ducks loved bread - you know the stuff, our left over hot dog buns, the white bread that has been sitting there for a few days, etc... WRONG! When going for a walk and looking for something good to feed the ducks, try grabbing a handful of the Quaker oats that have been sitting there for awhile to take with you.

Happy Duck
Happy Duck

A lovely day for a walk at the pond...

Little discoveries!

I notice a trend with myself... if I haven't been there, or I haven't done it... it simply just does not exist. For a long time (and in some weird ways still...) I did not particularly like birds. My interaction with them before my discovery of the local duck pond had been limited to sea gulls, the birds that chased after my food on my lunch breaks, and the pet parrot(?) that the creepy old smoker who hangs around at the gas station owns. To be perfectly honest, the bird owners that I have known are, well, a little on the deranged side (that's putting it nicely!). My keen liking for DUCKS didn't emerge until my friend and I took a stroll around the local duck pond. What started out as a failed pedal boating discovery led to the discovery that bird feeding is actually quite fun!!!!


Quhzk: it's what the ducks say...

On the first day of our new adventure, we took a full loaf of white bread. We were enjoying watching the frenzy that would ensue after a rather large piece of bread was theived by that oh so devious bird who would skit away from the flock only to have said piece theived by the sea gull (ok, so it's not just gulls having secret mind tricks to communicate that all of their kind bug just me!) when some random man walking past mentioned something in mumbled tones that bread isn't the best choice, throw it in the water, don't be dumb... something like that. Enraged that a stranger would be so bold to reprimand us, we pulled out the technology in our pockets to find what would be better for the ducks.

We were surprised to learn that bread is not as good for them. But upon deeper thought, it's only logical. The bread is a carbohydrate. In humans, if we consume too many 'carbs' (in proportion to proteins) we start to go fat. The logic is the same for ducks. And chances are, if you are feeding ducks bread at a very popular place, you are not the only one feeding them bread. Bread is like a candy bar for ducks. Things that would be better for their delicate stomachs would be GRAINS (seeds, oatmeal, cracked corn,...), CHOPPED VEGGIES (lettuce, grapes,...) and , yup, DUCK PELLETS. Ducks also eat small fish, fish eggs, insects, worms and algae.


Going with the grain!

I have found that feeding oatmeal to the ducks has been beneficial not just for the ducks but for me as well. We attract more ducks because simply put, there is more oatmeal than bread to be shared. I love watching them and seeing each of their personalities. A few of our favourites have names (Quackers, Lucky, and Einstien are a few names so far). I enjoy having the inspiration for photography (the pictures on this page are my own) and for painting. Getting a good look at these uh-mazing creatures helps! We just learned that there are duckings at our pond and I am eagerly awaiting tomorrow ... the feeling only likened to that of a child on Christmas eve trying to fall asleep. :)


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Little ducks!Turbo swimming to me!!!! ... ok well, mama duck is somewhere close.'Live ducky! You're the one!'Oatmeal makes this little one happy!
Little ducks!
Little ducks!
Turbo swimming to me!!!! ... ok well, mama duck is somewhere close.
Turbo swimming to me!!!! ... ok well, mama duck is somewhere close.
'Live ducky! You're the one!'
'Live ducky! You're the one!'
Oatmeal makes this little one happy!
Oatmeal makes this little one happy!

To feed or not to feed!

Hey, Hey, I want some!
Hey, Hey, I want some!

Feeding the ducks?

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    • Tollison Farms profile image

      Tollison Farms 

      15 months ago from SC

      Great read and very accurate.

    • renee21 profile image

      Tori Hendricks 

      4 years ago

      Those are really cute ducks! I have Pekin ducks, and I'm sure they would love oatmeal. Great hub! Voted up.

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      7 years ago

      We have 3 ducks and a goose. We buy oats and corn in bulk at our local feed store. They also love chicken meat scraps, egg shells and veggies. They love the clover and bugs in the yard too.

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      7 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I have also heard that dry bread swells in the stomach and bloats the poor birds. It is best fed wet, if at all. Probably why those men said throw it in the water

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      7 years ago

      Those duckling photos are precious, thanks for brightening my day :)

    • allenwebstarme profile image


      7 years ago

      Beautiful Ducks pictures, they are so cute.

    • orangerubberduc profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @squid-pinkchic18: Thank you! I take a lot of pride in these ones!

    • orangerubberduc profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Auntie-M LM: Thanks for stopping by!!! Yes, bread isn't the best, but, every once in a while it's a nice treat.

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      Auntie-M LM 

      7 years ago

      These are such wonderful ducks! There are bunches down at the duck pond that have adopted people. I know we aren't supposed to feed them bread, but I would never have thought of oats. Thanks!

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      7 years ago

      I never knew! Thanks for sharing! Loved your photos as well.

    • orangerubberduc profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Natalie W Schorr: THANK YOU!!!!!

    • Natalie W Schorr profile image

      Natalie W Schorr 

      7 years ago

      Love your duck pictures!

    • FlynntheCat1 profile image


      7 years ago

      The other reason bread isn't so good is if it ends up in the water it rots and causes botulism. It's always fun feeding birds though!

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens.. And yes I second with your thought.. Ducks are, indeed, a pleasure to watch

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      7 years ago

      high five telling me something I didn't know....high five the pictures too

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      7 years ago

      What an adorable lens!

    • orangerubberduc profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: OMG! We do! They need oatmeal!

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      7 years ago

      we need to feed the baby ducks!!!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Interesting! I wouldn't have thought about oatmeal for ducks.

    • shellys-space profile image

      Shelly Sellers 

      7 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I have fond memories of feeding the ducks at our local park when I was little! I never knew oatmeal was a favorite! I love feeding my backyard birds now :)

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      7 years ago

      Who would have thought to try oatmeal on ducks? YOU! Very cool stuff my dear ... and I'm thinking those would be some healthy ducks thanks to the oatmeal.

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      flicker lm 

      7 years ago

      Don't have any ducks nearby, but good to know that the oatmeal is better for them than bread!

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      7 years ago

      We have a pond on the other side of your yard with plenty of ducks. I'm trying oatmeal! Thanks.

    • pennyhart lm profile image

      pennyhart lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens! Lovely pictures with such a nice variety of oatmeal eating ducks :)

    • Shorebirdie profile image


      7 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Cute lens! Yes, ducks like oatmeal, especially cooked oatmeal.


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