Ware Town Council

Serving the Local Community

What do Ducks eat?

Please enjoy the river and the wildlife.


Please come and feed the ducks but do it sensibly so your children and future generations can enjoy it too. Bread’s not great for a duck’s health as it’s nothing like their natural diet so don’t overfeed them with large quantities of it. White bread in particular has no real nutritional value, so while birds may find it tasty, the danger is that they will fill up on it instead of other foods that could be more beneficial to them.

There’s also a risk that ducks and other water fowl could get an illness known as angel wing, which is caused by not getting the right nutrients in their diet. The illness causes a deformity in birds’ wings that can hamper the way they fly or even stop them altogether, which could obviously be fatal.

Please try to vary what you give them and swap it for healthier more natural treats like oats, corn, or defrosted frozen peas and don’t feed them too much.

Don’t follow the crowds, spread the love, and visit a new family of ducks to prevent large quantities of the starchy duck ‘junk food’ from clogging up the same places and potentially damaging the environment.


Safe food for ducks

  • Cracked corn
  • Wheat, barley or similar grains
  • Oats
  • Rice (cooked or uncooked)
  • Birdseed (any type or mix)
  • Grapes (cut in half)
  • Frozen peas
  • Earthworms
  • Mealworms
  • Chopped lettuce or other greens or salad mixes
  • Chopped vegetable trimmings or peels
  • Duck pellets

Food Not safe for ducks

  • Bread
  • Chips
  • Crackers and biscuits
  • Popcorn

Sugary food – sweets, chocolate

Uneaten bread causes algal blooms, allows bacteria to breed and attracts rats and other vermin.

Please do not leave any food on the grass areas or riverbanks as we are trying to control the population of pigeons in the area.

  • as or corn (defrosted, no need to cook)