Day 5 – 30 days Wild – Feed the ducks

For Day 5 of 30 Days Wild, a simple and fun activity.

Feeding the Ducks is an all round family favourite and in the past was done with bread.

The problem with bread is besides it having NO nutritional value, it can lead to serious illness and even a illness called ‘angel wing’.

Angel wing is a condition in water birds that can be caused by too much carbohydrates and/or deficiency in vitamin E, vitamin D or manganese, mainly in developing birds between 8 to 12 weeks old. The weight of the growing feathers causes rotation of the wing tip, the feathers twist upwards giving it the name angel or aeroplane wing.


There are alternatives to bread. Ducks can be fed corn, lettuce, cabbage, oats, peas and the specially prepared Duck Food.

Greylag geeseDuck food

Close up goosling

Gosling eating natural diet of grass

Swan and cygnets

Feeding swans

mallard and ducklings

friendly ducks

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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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