Monday, August 16, 2010

Sign of the Week: Duck

This weeks sign is duck. I love ducklings they're so cute, fuzzy, and have the sweetest quack that sounds more like a peep.

A fun thing to do in the summer is go to a pond or lake and feed the ducks. A word of caution when feeding ducks, please don't feed them bread. Bread, crackers, chips, popcorn, etc aren't very healthy for ducks. In fact, bread is the equivalent to junk food for the birds, and too much bread can lead to excessive weight and malnutrition as well as many other problems. If the bread is stale and moldy, it can cause aspergillosis, a fatal lung infection that can decimate entire duck and waterfowl flocks.

Here are some alternative, healthy foods you can feed those cute ducks next time you're out:

  • grapes, cut in half

  • Cracked corn, barley, oats, birdseed or other grains

  • Frozen peas that have been defrosted

  • Or duck feed pellets from a farm supply store

Have a good week!