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Name: Jessica G.
Status: other
Age: 40s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2000-2001


Question:
At my place of employment there's a rather large wooded area with a bridge fairly well traveled by employees. A large group of mallard ducks has taken up residence in close proximity to this bridge and I have been purchasing wild duck food and feeding them regularly. It is getting expensive. Is there a recipe for wild duck food or, in the alternative, is there a wholesale place to purchase the proper and nutritrious food for them in the Melrose Park, IL area?


Replies:
Please do not give wild ducks any extra food, it can cause them to congregate in one place where serious diseases like avian botulism and others are easily transferred through droppings, which has happened several times the past few winters in northern Illinois, causing large die-offs. It also causes the birds to become dependent on human handouts and lose all their wild character, and perhaps suffer needlessly if you or someone else is NOT there to feed them in severe weather. Believe it or not, the ducks are in the area because there is enough for them to eat already, and they do not need any additions. If they run out of food they will fly somewhere else.

J. Elliott


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