Six things you didn't know you could feed ducks

We're on a mission to improve the health of our wild birds across the country. Do you know what you should feed ducks to keep them healthy?

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Can you feed ducks bread?

There are actually a few reasons why you should avoid feeding ducks bread. For starters, bread is not very nutritional for ducks. Can you imagine the health implications if you only ate bread as your diet?

Not only is it not nutrious, bread will attract many other birds and cause overcrowding, which in turn results into an increase in droppings. This can then cause further disruption such as slippery surfaces and possible damage to habitats and our waterways. For more informaiton on this topic please visit our article on why is bread bad for ducks.

Ducks on the canal bank

What can you feed ducks?

So what should you feed ducks instead of bread? We have put together a list of six different foods you can use as duck feed.

1. Sweetcorn

It turns out that ducks are quite partial to a sweetcorn. Tinned, frozen or fresh! Obviously, remove them from the tin first.

2. Lettuce

As a nation we’re guilty of throwing away a vast amount of lettuce, especially the bagged variety. Instead of consigning it to the bin, rip it into pieces and treat your local ducks. Rocket, Kale and Iceberg are all great choices.

3. Frozen peas 

There’s no need to cook them but make sure you defrost them first!

4. Oats

Flapjacks, rolled oats and even instant porridge oats will be a huge hit with ducks.

5. Seeds

Whether you buy bird seed or seeds from the healthy aisle in the supermarket – the ducks will be very grateful for these nutritious nibbles.

6. Rice 

Wild ducks will appreciate a handful of leftover rice from a takeaway. Just remember to keep the crispy duck all to yourself. You can also use uncooked rice, both are fine.


In conclusion, is it okay to feed ducks bread? The answer is no, there are many other types of food you can use instead which will cause less overcrowding and a less stresfull environment for the ducks and swans. A healthy duck is a happy duck.

Did you know that our duck guide is free to download? Download our free guide to find places near you where you can feed the ducks.

Last date edited: 10 August 2020