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Imageduckmother
Jun 29, 2010 9:00 AM CST
Name: Kim
Arkansas
A duck is a wonderful adventure!
Welcome!
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Imagedahlianut
Jul 13, 2010 3:44 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
YIPPEE! A duck forum. I LUV ducks. QUACK! Thanks for making this cubit duckmother Hurray!
Imageduckmother
Jul 13, 2010 4:46 PM CST
Name: Kim
Arkansas
A duck is a wonderful adventure!
You're Welcome Smiling I am glad you found us...
ImageSharon
Jul 13, 2010 11:51 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Oh yes...and I love your stories.
Imageduckmother
Jul 14, 2010 7:49 AM CST
Name: Kim
Arkansas
A duck is a wonderful adventure!
Thank you, Sharran...
Imagestarlight1153
Jul 31, 2010 5:34 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
What a lovely cubit. : ) Sure enjoyed your stories. Had to get a tissue too for the one.

We have a small lake not to far away. It exactly one mile around where folks can go walk round and round and get exercise and meet other folks. The lake is filled with an assortment of ducks. Folks bring their children and bags of bread and feed them. If you look close in the shrubbery, you can see where some have built nest and have eggs there.

I don't know much about ducks and geese other than I enjoy seeing them and reading about them.

Nice to know there is somebody like you looking out for these fine feathered friends.

Imageduckmother
Jul 31, 2010 8:02 PM CST
Name: Kim
Arkansas
A duck is a wonderful adventure!
Thank you, starlight. I am so glad you enjoyed the stories. I truly love these birds and would do just about anything for them. I have even tried to fly a couple of times Rolling on the floor laughing Sounds like you live in a spectacular duck area. Bread is probably not the best food for ducks but I never say anything to the folks that bring their children and/or grandchildren. Every once in a while I am asked what I am feeding the ducks...mostly because they want the ducks to climb all over them like they do me...I tell them what I have to feed but I also tell them that I raised those little cuties and they not only know my voice but also my car! Hilarious! Please take some pix of your local ducks and post. Would love to see them!!!
Imagestarlight1153
Aug 1, 2010 6:54 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Kim... What would be the best thing for folks to feed them at like parks and such. We grew up with our parents handing us bread, so of course that is what we do and what we teach teach our children. It was cheap and there was always some it around the house that was stale.

If there is something better may even I can start taking it and others will learn or can see and ya know children. If you hand them something and say here I'll share some of my food for you to feed and tell them what it is maybe they will tell their parents that what you tell me is better.

Gonna be awhile before I go over there. Just too hot with temps 100 and over to be outside, but when temps cool down enough to go back walking, then I will try and remember my camera.

Just out of curiosity you and your ducks weren't on tv was you? Remember there was short thing on some program abotu a woman who had this duck that when they left in the car it would fly along side the car window too. Was cute and funny to watch too, like the duck wasn't gonna let the human momma out of her site. Big Grin
Imageduckmother
Aug 1, 2010 11:37 AM CST
Name: Kim
Arkansas
A duck is a wonderful adventure!
LOL No, it was not me but I have seen similar stuff on tv, too.

Let me tell you why it is bad to feed bread first. As you said most people keep their stale bread to feed the ducks, etc. However, many times it is moldy by the time they take it to the lake. Ducks do not have the best bathroom habits and do not really know they should not eat and potty at the same place ;o) Most ducks like to moisten their food prior to or while eating. Then lets add the high temperature. So, now you have moldy, dirty, wet bread that is heated by the sun/temp. This combination can grow bacteria in a flash! Usually, botulism...and a couple of others that can cause illness and death. Each duck that takes a bite of this bread will most likely die, but for certain will get sick! That is not the only reason but a biggie! Another reason is because bread is filling but not really nutritious. This makes them feel full but in reality the are not getting what they need...can make the sluggish, which makes it harder to flee from a predator. Also bread is fattening. So their internal organs become surrounded by fat. This can make it even harder to escape from a predator. I usually say "that if it is not good for us, it is not good for ducks!" Leaving bread, popcorn, french fires, etc for the ducks will also entice the rats and other vermin to increase in population. However, ducks are not stupid, they see these humans coming with FOOD! They will put on a little show to get you to give them some of it. They don't really care if it is good for them, they just know it is free! Hilarious!

Okay, now to what I tell people to feed. Think about what ducks eat in the wild. Rice, soybeans, acorns, fruits etc. Not easy to get unbleached rice and too expensive, soybeans hard to find and expensive. Acorns...well unless you have an oak tree...blah, blah blah. Fruits are expensive, however, if you can get in good with a local farmer or farmer's market often they will sell over ripened fruits for very little or just give it to you. Watermelon is one of their favorites! But, this can be messy and the ducks do not always cooperate and don't eat it. So, the best and cheapest thing to give is basic birdseed. At the local feed store, you can get around 50 lbs for 15.00 dollars. Anything that is in there that they don't like, they will spit it out! Then the birds will eat it. Give around 1 cup at a time, so tons is not left on the ground for the vermin.

This is probably a lot more information than wanted. Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagestarlight1153
Aug 1, 2010 12:01 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Actually, it is not Kim. If you hadn't said bird seed actually I never in a million years would have guessed that.

You should turn what you just wrote up above in an article and publish it. If ya need help I know Sharran will be glad to help you.

If I don't know, I am sure there are hundreds and thousands of other folks who don't know about what you just wrote. If you publish in an article, others will red it and learn and find your cubit too.

You already have it wrote , just copy and paste it and add some ducky pics and wallah, you got a ready made article. Big Grin

Thanks for explaining. Next time I go I will take bird seed.

Imageduckmother
Aug 1, 2010 2:01 PM CST
Name: Kim
Arkansas
A duck is a wonderful adventure!
I would love to...I am not certain that I know how Confused Actually, I have tried to get our local paper to do a story on ducks and they are not interested. So, I guess, I figured no one was...
Imagestarlight1153
Aug 1, 2010 3:51 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Kim....

Here is a thread in the articles forum. A good place to start. Just go to your control panel, activate your articles feature and then put your article together.

http://cubits.org/cubits/thread/view/12996/

If you get stuck or have any questions, just ask in the Articles forum someone will be glad to help you. If ya still stuck cmail me or Sharran or Zanymuse.

ImageSharon
Aug 1, 2010 8:42 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Kim, I agree. It would be a great article.

I'm like Star. I hadn't thought beyond bread as food for ducks or geese. I shoulda known!!

Yes, write the article. If you get stuck, I'm just a Cmail away.

I loved your stories on DG, and Cubits is a wonderful place to get your information out there. You can write lots of articles, as much knowledge and experience as you have. Please consider it.
Imageduckmother
Aug 2, 2010 11:11 AM CST
Name: Kim
Arkansas
A duck is a wonderful adventure!
Thanks, Sharran. I will certainly try to write an article...I can almost guarantee that I will need help Smiling
Imageduckmother
Jul 16, 2011 8:29 PM CST
Name: Kim
Arkansas
A duck is a wonderful adventure!
There was a new duck on the water today. She is a Khaki Campbell (domestic duck) and she will not get close to people or other ducks. I am not certain who dropped her off but I wish I could get close enough to make certain she is okay. I will have to start giving snacks...that might work...it would work on me! Hilarious!
ImagePatti1957
Jul 16, 2011 8:33 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
It would work on me too Hilarious! Hope it works on her.
Imagedahlianut
Jul 17, 2011 7:27 AM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
Group hug for the new duck. I hope she learns to trust again Group hug

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