Can Ducks Eat Citrus?

No, it’s best to avoid giving ducks citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits.

There are two main reasons for this:

  1. Calcium Absorption: Citrus fruits are high in citric acid, which can interfere with a duck’s ability to absorb calcium. Calcium is crucial for strong bones and healthy eggshells in laying ducks.
  2. Stomach Upset: The acidity in citrus fruits can irritate a duck’s digestive system and lead to stomach pain or diarrhea.

If you’d like to give ducks a tasty treat, opt for these instead:

  • Chopped vegetables: Diced peas, corn (fresh or frozen), chopped carrots, and spinach are all good options.
  • Seedless fruits: Grapes, blueberries, chopped apples, and pears are duck-approved.
  • Duck pellets: These provide essential nutrients specifically formulated for ducks.


  • These treats should only be given occasionally and in small quantities. A duck’s main diet should come from its natural foraging or commercially prepared duck food.
  • Avoid processed foods like bread, crackers, or chips. They offer little nutritional value and can fill ducks up, preventing them from finding healthy food sources.
  • Always cut fruits and vegetables into bite-sized pieces to avoid choking hazards.