Feeding Wild Ducks
We have a pair of mallard ducks who have adopted our pool and
yard. They are here to nest. The female never leaves the yard and she is
hungry. There is no natural food for her here. This morning I finally
took a piece of bread to her to see if she would eat. She met me on the
patio, almost taking the bread from my hand. Should I continue to feed
her? The male let her have the food but he occasionally leaves and I'm
sure he is feeding elsewhere. My question is - should I continue to feed
her and, if so, what is the best food for her?
This is normal nesting behavior for mallards. You really don't need to feed the
female, even though she will get hungry that's the way mallards have adapted
and are obviously successful. If you do feed give her cracked corn or bird seed,
not bread. Bread is not good for birds.
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Update: June 2012