Can Ducks Eat Almonds?

Written By Emily

As someone who spends her days surrounded by ducks, I’ve learned a thing or two about what they can and can’t chow down on. More about me here.

As any duck owner will tell you, ducks have very specific dietary needs.

It can be difficult to figure out what foods your ducks can and can’t eat. So what about almonds?

Can ducks eat this common nut?

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The answer is yes, ducks can eat almonds. Almonds are packed full of protein and fibers that help keep your duck healthy and full of energy, just like other nuts ducks love like peanuts.

How to Feed Ducks with Almonds?

 

Ducks can eat almonds, but there are certain safety measures that must be taken before you feed your ducks almonds.

Ensuring that the almond is fresh, the correct variety, and the correct serving size may seem like a daunting task, but this article has you covered.

Read on to learn more about how to serve almonds to your flock and have your questions answered.

Can Ducks Eat Raw Almonds?

Yes, ducks can eat raw almonds.

It’s important to make sure you are feeding your ducks the correct type of almond, too—the most common variety found in stores, sweet almonds, is great for ducks.

Bitter almonds, on the other hand, contain a high concentration of cyanide.

Bitter almonds are poisonous to ducks and humans alike.

If you buy almonds from a store, it should be safe to feed to your ducks.

Can Ducks Eat Ground-Up Almonds?

Yes, ducks love to eat ground-up almonds.

Since almonds are tough and may be hard to digest, it’s necessary to cut them into small chunks or crush them into finer pieces.

Can Ducks Eat Moldy Almonds?

No, ducks cannot eat mold almonds.

Rotten food of any kind may contain bacteria that could cause serious harm to your flock.

You may be wondering now, “what do moldy almonds look like?”.

The answer is in the smell—if your almonds smell bitter, sour, or like paint, then the almond is rotting.

To prevent this from happening, store your almonds in a cool dry place and only feed them to your ducks if you’re 100% sure they are fresh.

Can Ducks Eat Roasted Almonds?

Yes, ducks can eat roasted almonds- as long as there is nothing else added.

Salt or preservatives found in store-bought roasted almonds are harmful to your duck.

So make sure to double-check the sodium content before you feed your ducks roasted almonds.

How Many Almonds Can Ducks Eat?

Ducks should not have an excess of almonds, just like any other treat that isn’t their standard duck food.

Never feed your ducks more than a handful of almonds a day, and be sure to make this an occasional treat, not an everyday food.

In Summary

Almonds are a great treat, but they must be prepared properly.

Only feed your ducks sweet almonds that have been crushed or cut.

Avoid rotten or moldy almonds, and don’t overfeed your ducks.

With these tips in mind, your ducks can safely enjoy this delicious nut!

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