An Unexpected Visit

Mallard Duck by LadyDuck
@LadyDuck (122502)
Switzerland
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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@MALUSE (33004)
• Denmark
2 Nov 15
It's a 'he' because it's pretty. The females are only brown, poor things.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
The females do not have beautiful colors, but they are pretty too. Many times male animals are prettier than female, this does not apply to humans, or course.
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@marlina (62548)
• Canada
2 Nov 15
The same with the cardinal birds, the female is brown but the male is of a gorgeous red color.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
@marlina Not to mention the peacock, the male is beautiful, the female almost ugly.
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@fufurinha (11388)
• Portugal
2 Nov 15
Why not bread? I didn't know it.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
As I said below, because bread is a sort of "junk food" for ducks. It does not bring necessary nutrition to them, but can make them fat.
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@fufurinha (11388)
• Portugal
2 Nov 15
@LadyDuck ooh, I didn't know that. And there are so many people feeding them with bread.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
3 Nov 15
@fufurinha I know, in many parks there are sings informing not to give bread to the ducks. People also feed the carps (fish) with bread and this can kill them.
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• Preston, England
2 Nov 15
I always enjoy seeing ducks and geese - we get a lot on the nearby canal
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
They are cute, even if they can make quite a mess in a garden.
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• Preston, England
2 Nov 15
@LadyDuck looks like I'll be eating duck for xmas dinner this year
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
@arthurchappell I hope you are kidding! You can at most eat a goose, but not a poor little duck.
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@sofssu (14735)
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.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
People believe that bread is good for every living creature, when in reality is not good for most of us. We have a river that runs at the side of our property, ducks always come to bath.
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@sofssu (14735)
2 Nov 15
@LadyDuck how lovely.. Its so soothing to watch the duck swim around.
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@GardenGerty (91240)
• Marion, Kansas
3 Nov 15
@sofssu @LadyDuck my daughter and her family live in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Often mallard ducks would fly in to their back yard. I think they ate from the bird feeder. Late this summer they had wild turkeys. There are lakes and little ponds all over the place in Minnesota.
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@rakski (2585)
• Philippines
2 Nov 15
I did not knew that we should not feed the ducks with bread. May I know why?
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
The bread does not bring necessary nutrition but make them fat and this is not good for their health.
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@rakski (2585)
• Philippines
2 Nov 15
@LadyDuck wow, i did not know that. It is good to know. We used to feed the duck with bread when we go church where there is a pond nearby.
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@rakski (2585)
• Philippines
2 Nov 15
@LadyDuck thank you for the info
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@amnabas (9927)
• Karachi, Pakistan
2 Nov 15
Yes they eat bread and grains too.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
No, they should not eat bread, it's not good for them. They must eat salads, greens and raw grains, but not bread.
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• Kingston, New York
28 Nov 15
@LadyDuck can they have salad dressing ?
• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2 Nov 15
That was nice of you! Nice pic as well
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
Ducky did not care at all about me, he was so happy to stay there in the sun.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
2 Nov 15
I love ducks.My motto is 'ducks are for feeding, not eating'. I trot that one out regularly in Chinese restaurants.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
On this I fully agree, ducks are friendly animals, I consider them like pets.
@PhredWreck (6095)
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.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
The Canadian Geese are big birds, I like to watch them flying. Mallards are not very big, but they can be pretty noisy.
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@rebelann (32523)
• El Paso, Texas
4 Nov 15
Yes, I've heard that before. I wonder why?
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
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.
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@rebelann (32523)
• 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.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
5 Nov 15
@rebelann I make my bread because the bread sold in stores has so many ingredients that are not healthy at all.
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• Bucharest, Romania
5 Nov 15
Surprising and immortalizing simple moments of life like seeing a duck. Nice.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
5 Nov 15
I like animals and it seems that they do not fear me.
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• Bucharest, Romania
5 Nov 15
@LadyDuck That is because you are a kind person
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
5 Nov 15
@Cristi_Ichim I hope so, I know for sure that I would never harm a living creature.
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@Shellyann36 (8598)
• United States
2 Nov 15
Now he is a good looking duck. I did not know that they should not eat bread. In all of the parks with water all you see is people feeding the ducks water and sometimes popcorn.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
3 Nov 15
@Shellyann36 Ducks are wonderful pets, I like to look at them when they go around the garden, they are curious animals.
@Pattitude (1311)
• Newton, North Carolina
4 Nov 15
I did not know you couldn't feed bread to ducks. We used to go to the park and give them bread. Does it expand and do something to their digestive system?
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
5 Nov 15
Yes, the problem is that the bread expands and they can have problems.
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@Pattitude (1311)
• Newton, North Carolina
5 Nov 15
@LadyDuck I am glad to know this, I will make sure others know this, as well.
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@cahaya1983 (9728)
• Malaysia
3 Nov 15
I didn't know they shouldn't be fed bread. I see people doing it all the time here, I'm sure they don't know too.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
3 Nov 15
People thing that bread is good, but it's not because it swells in their stomach and can make them sick. They need to eat raw grains and green veggies.
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• Malaysia
3 Nov 15
@LadyDuck That is very useful information, I'll make sure I remember that! Thank you for sharing.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
2 Nov 15
I did not know that ducks could not eat bread. That is so very lovely Anna. I envy you living near the lake! I am so glad you are feeling better too. My Granny used to feed the geese and ducks she love them.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
I love ducks and I am so glad when they come to visit my garden. It's better not to give bread to them. it's just like junk food for us.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
2 Nov 15
@LadyDuck He even allowed you to take his photo.
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@Asylum (47338)
• Manchester, England
2 Nov 15
He would look much better with a few roast potatoes and some vegetables.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
Shame on you Barry! I would like t good chicken with rosemary and roasted potatoes but not a duck.
@Asylum (47338)
• Manchester, England
2 Nov 15
@LadyDuck It looks quite tasty to me.
• United States
2 Nov 15
We have had a few ducks stop by our pond but we don't feed them...there is enough in nature for them I think. They looked pretty healthy.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
They look pretty plump, but I have to remove most of the lettuce from the garden now, so I was happy to give to him instead of throw it.
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• United States
2 Nov 15
@LadyDuck Our lettuce is still good so no ducks better steal it! LOL
@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
2 Nov 15
Such a pretty duck. I didn't know that about bread as everyone (myself included) feed the ducks bread at parks. I'll have to remember that.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
2 Nov 15
The bread does not harm ducks, but it's a sort of junk food, it can lead to excessive weight without nutrition.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
8 Nov 15
@LadyDuck Oh, okay. That makes sense. It does the same to us humans
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@Fishmomma (11617)
• United States
28 Feb
I didn't know bread is bad for ducks. Certainly, won't save bread for the ducks, as I use to feed them. I'll save them lettuce, as I don't like it and can grow it.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
28 Feb
I keep wild salads to give to the ducks, they seem to appreciate.
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@eagletrek2 (4989)
• 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.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
29 Nov 15
@eagletrek2 You are right, the ducks eat everything that fall in the water, they do not care if it's not good for them.