Can Ducks Eat Popcorn? What you need to know!

Ducks can inhabit and inhabit freshwater bodies in North America, and will even attack swimming pools occasionally. If you see ducks often, you usually wonder what you should feed them.

Popcorn is a cheap and easy snack that you can take with you, but is it safe to give it to ducks? While ducks technically can eat popcorn, they shouldn’t be.

Keep reading while looking at the nutritional value and health concerns of feeding popcorn duck. We’ll even discuss some alternatives you can try to help create a safer environment for these birds.

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Is Popcorn Bad For Ducks?

  • Butter, Salt, Chemicals, Oil

Any packaged commercial popcorn will contain too much salt to feed the ducks. Manufacturers usually put the corn in the oil—which makes it high in fat—before they add the butter, which adds more fat and salt. The packaging also usually contains preservatives and artificial coloring, which can cause allergic reactions in some ducks. The air-pop corn you make at home will not have this added ingredient.

  • No Nutritional Value

Popcorn has almost no nutritional value and contains only empty calories in the form of carbohydrates. Eating a diet high in popcorn can cause ducks to forage less, leading to a lack of the nutrients they need to stay healthy.

  • Digestive problems

Since popcorn is not part of the duck’s natural diet, it makes sense that they can’t digest it. Ducks can start acting weird and may refuse to eat again for a few days after eating popcorn, so it’s best to avoid them.

  • Poop Problem

Since ducks don’t digest popcorn well, it’s reasonable to believe that it would also be difficult to expel. Popcorn can cause constipation and impaction, and sharp corn kernels can cause bruising.

  • Hard to Swallow

If you’ve eaten a lot of popcorn, you know that corn kernels often get stuck in the back of your throat. Ducks have very sensitive throats, and are also very long, so these kernels can easily get stuck, causing discomfort to the duck. A snagged kernel can also cause the duck to make a louder sound than usual.


Is Popcorn Good For Ducks?

Unfortunately, there is no benefit to eating popcorn for ducks. If your duck accidentally eats it, it’s probably okay, but you shouldn’t feed it regularly.

How Can I Feed Popcorn to Ducks?

As we mentioned earlier, it’s best to avoid feeding your duck popcorn, but there are some foods you can provide instead.

Here’s a short list to get you started:

  • Slice the apple, but remove the seeds and core

  • banana

  • berries

  • Cooked beans

  • Broccoli

  • Cucumber

  • Boiled and shaved corn

  • Wine

  • Boiled eggs

  • cabbage

  • Lettuce, romaine is the best

  • Oatmeal

  • Peas

  • Pumpkin

  • Watermelon


Foods You Shouldn’t Feed Your Duck

Here is a list of other foods you should avoid to feed your ducks to stay healthy

  • Salty Food

You should avoid salty foods such as potato chips, peanuts, trail mix, and other foods with a high sodium content.

  • Orange fruit

Citrus fruits can affect the duck’s ability to absorb calcium, making it less likely to lay eggs.

  • Spinach

Spinach is another food that will affect the duck’s ability to absorb calcium, so it’s best to avoid feeding it.

  • Potato

Potatoes can be toxic to ducks, however, sweet potatoes are fine as an occasional snack.

  • candy

Candy can be harmful to ducks, especially chocolate, and many sweets contain artificial sweeteners that can be deadly.

  • Onion

Ducks can’t eat onions because they contain thiosulfate, a chemical that kills red blood cells.

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We hope you enjoyed reading this guide, and that it has helped answer your questions. It’s best to avoid giving your duck popcorn and instead opt for one of the other options we’ve listed here such as bananas or hard-boiled eggs, which will help them get high-quality protein and calcium. If we’ve helped expand your bird’s diet, please share this guide on whether you should feed popcorn ducks on Facebook and Twitter.

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