DUCKS LOVE OATMEAL!
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.
A lovely day for a walk at the pond...
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. :)