Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Feeding the Ducks

A couple weeks ago my boys found a beanie baby duck and goose at Goodwill.  They were so excited about them and have been playing with them non-stop.  They asked me what ducks eat and I told them people like to visit ponds and feed ducks bread crumbs.  Immediately Little E ran to his school desk, brought out a blank sheet of paper and started tearing it to bits.  For the next few days the boys had so much fun "feeding" their duck and goose.  It had been raining for days so this was the perfect rainy day activity.  I promised the boys I would take them to feed "real" ducks as soon as we had a sunny day.  

The rain finally passed and we headed to the duck pond.....

Ready to feed the ducks!

I don't know why we waited so long to do this, my kids had so much fun!

The ducks were very happy to see us.  They were not shy!

Watching the ducks eat

J Bug was especially excited to see a goose just like his toy!

Feeding the goose

Oh my gosh.....I LOVE this one!

So pretty!

Soaking in the sun

Little E cute as always!

Quack! Quack! Quack!

Watching the ducks swim (sorry, my camera faded out the ducks).

It was a wonderful day!  

FYI- For curiosity sake, I looked up what ducks eat.  They actually can eat a wide variety of foods.  I think maybe next time we will bring them something a little more nutritious than cheap white bread! ;-)

Foods Ducks Can Eat

  • Small fish and fish eggs
  • Snails, worms and mollusks
  • Small crustaceans
  • Grass and weeds
  • Algae and aquatic plants and roots
  • Frogs, salamanders and other amphibians 
  • Aquatic and land insects
  • Seeds and grain
  • Small berries, fruits and nuts
  • Cracked corn
  • Wheat, barley or similar grains
  • Oats (uncooked; rolled or quick)
  • Rice (cooked or uncooked)
  • Milo
  • Birdseed (any type or mix)
  • Grapes (cut in half)
  • Frozen peas or corn (defrosted, no need to cook)
  • Earthworms
  • Mealworms (fresh or dried)
  • Chopped lettuce or other greens or salad mixes
  • Vegetable trimmings or peels (chopped)
Feeding information found here.
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