Wild ducks are the most common birds that are massively settled on the shores of urban and natural water bodies. Entrepreneurial poultry farmers managed to domesticate some species. These birds are unpretentious and picky for food, but for normal development their diet should be enriched with useful substances and they can be fed additionally.
What wild ducks eat in nature
Wild ducks creatures omnivorous .In the natural environment, they themselves feed themselves, which includes:
grass and roots;
of small mollusks, invertebrates and crustaceans;
tadpoles and small frogs;
Forest berries Plankton Plant seeds
Dwelling on the shores of calm water bodies, ducks extract food from sludge and water. They filter the water through the beak and catch small animals. In shallow water, birds collect food from the bottom. To do this, they immerse their heads in water, leaving only the tail on the surface, and pick up the sludge.
Often people specifically attract wild ducks to the water bodies so that they eat the mosquito larvae and reduce the number of blood-sucking.
In summer, birds do not lack food and eat a varied diet. And in the winter they feed more on vegetation: fruits and seeds of plants and berries.
Birds pick up everything that gets into the water from the hands of men. They often eat baked goods, cookies, corn, seeds, chips, and even popcorn, so their instincts are dulled, and they are increasingly settled next to people. Once migratory birds, began to lead a sedentary lifestyle and winter in cities.
During the warm season, ducks need an lure only in special conditions :
related to the environmental problems of water bodies;
with a large number of feathered on a small pond;
if the birds are injured and not able to independently feed.
In winter, ducks find it harder to find food, especially if the temperature drops below 15 degrees and the reservoirs freeze completely. And to help ducks survive the cold, they need to be fed. But this should be done correctly, in order not to harm the health of feathered.
Ducks can be fed with the following products:
cottage cheese mixture with the addition of cereals and chopped herbs;
fresh berries and fruits;
feed, which can be cooked at home or buy.
All products must be crushed and food should be left on the shore so as not to litter the pond.
be fed? Ornithologists at are strictly against feeding wild birds, especially during the warm season. Instincts laid down by nature suggest that wild animals should get their own food.
Therefore, feeding the ducks causes them to dull their natural instincts. They stop looking for food and are waiting for a new portion from a person. And with the arrival of winter, the ducks are not ready to fly to the south and remain in the lured place. And to survive without the help of a man feathered is very difficult.
Do not give fresh ducks fresh white and black bread - it causes fermentation in the craw of the bird.
is harmful to them mold bread, which causes the development of aspergillosis, a deadly disease of birds.