An Unexpected Visit
November 2, 2015 4:59am CST
It's another gorgeous and warm day, here in southern Switzerland. Earlier this morning, I went out into my garden to see which flowers and veggies survived the first cold nights. At my big surprise, a cute duck was sitting in the lawn near the pond. Ducks abound in this area, because we live near the lake. I carefully checked to see if the duck was not hurt, but he looks perfectly healthy and has happily quacked at me when I approached. I took a picture and then I have picked up some fresh lettuce leaves to feed him and let him alone, so ducky can enjoy his free meal. Do you know that you should never feed bread to ducks? Offer them lettuce, rice, raw oats or other grains, but never bread.
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2 Nov 15
We hardly get to see ducks or any of the water birds.. we have no lakes rivers or ponds nearby. I am sure I would have loved to have them land up on my doorstep. You are right about not feeding bread to the ducks..I never understand why people do it all the time.
• Marion, Kansas
3 Nov 15
2 Nov 15
The Canadian Geese are moving into the area near Boss's house. They stop over at the big lake there in huge flocks on their southward migration, and then show up heading back north a few months later. Noisy critters, and they congregate in the road at times and try to block traffic. Still like watching them.
4 Nov 15
Because the bread, especially white bread, has no real nutritional value for the ducks, but they eat the bread and stop eating food that they need to grow healthy. This leads to a illness called "angel wing", it causes a deformity in birds’ wings. So people should stop giving bread to the ducks.
• El Paso, Texas
4 Nov 15
That does make sense @LadyDuck bread isn't exactly all that healthy for people either, especially white bread. I no longer eat bread unless it an organic whole grain, I'm not sensitive to wheat but I avoid it anyway, can't stand the flavor.
• Kingston, New York
28 Nov 15
I think NY state has a law now saying people can feed the duck but it not enforce were I live the duck eat any thing that throw in to the water. There a lot of resturants there to some sell real duck food for the kids to feed the ducks.