Go anywhere near a popular duck feeding spot and you’re sure to find people with huge bags of bread – sometimes whole loaves that they must have bought especially for the occasion.
Bread is of course bad for ducks, but even if they were bags of good duck food, they could then have too much of a good thing! Hence item five of the responsible duck feeding tips: “Think Quack Snacks not feathered feast!”.
When you’ve got the attention of some apparently happily quacking ducks with your food offerings, it’s all too easy to want keep feeding them. But they might be offered food from other people that day, or have plenty of natural foods around to go forage for – so I think it’s important to make sure it is only the equivalent of a snack that’s offered – a quack snack.
To avoid temptation, I’ve taken to portioning up my quack snacks into small grip-lock bags, so when the bag is empty, it’s time to move on. No, the ducks don’t always seem so keen for that to happen, but then the famous old saying is that sometimes “you’ve got to be cruel to be kind“.