Can Ducks Eat Ham? (Yes! A Good Treat)

Ducks are typically omnivorous, they eat plants, and also meat. And yes, they can eat ham! Eating healthy proteins like ham gives them the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.

Protein is an important part of a balanced diet because it provides your body with the building blocks needed to build muscles and other tissues. Eating protein-rich foods like ham helps you stay full longer than just eating carbohydrates or fats.

While ducks can eat ham, not all ducks will choose to do so. If you give your duck ham as an occasional treat instead of relying on it as their main source of protein, then they will likely continue to enjoy their plant-based diet.

Nutritional Value Of Ham For Ducks

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Ham is a good source of protein. Protein is an important part of a balanced diet because it provides your body with the building blocks needed to build and repair tissue. Protein is important for your muscles, organs, and skin too.

Protein helps keep you full longer than carbohydrates or fats, so eating protein-rich foods like ham also helps control your weight. Protein also fuels your body as it breaks down into glucose that can fuel muscles during exercise.

Ham has plenty of sodium in it which helps regulate fluid balance in the body, heart function, nerve impulses, and muscle contraction.

It also contains potassium that plays a role in cell function. Potassium works closely with sodium to help maintain a normal fluid balance within cells and throughout the body.

Giving your duck ham as an occasional treat is good and is an excellent way to give your duck a variety in its diet. However, it is important not to overfeed your ducks with ham. A good rule of thumb is only to give them small amounts as a treat every other day or so.

Why Proteins Are Important For Ducks

Protein is an important part of a balanced diet because it provides your body with the building blocks needed to build muscles and other tissues. Proteins consist of different combinations of 21 amino acids, including methionine, which is an essential amino acid that cannot be produced by your body and must be obtained from your diet.

They are an important part of the complete diet of fowls because of their ability to increase egg production and improve the quality of their eggs. They also help fowls build muscle and keep a better body weight.

Ducklings under three weeks old should receive 18% protein in their diets, while ducklings over three weeks should have 16% protein. For adult ducks, the required protein content is between 12-14%.

Problems may arise if your feed does not contain sufficient amounts of protein. If a bird is not receiving enough protein in its diet, it will produce eggs of poor quality, fewer and smaller eggs, and less food conversion efficiency.

Protein-rich foods For Ducks

We know the importance of protein in a duck’s diet, but what are the best source of food that can guarantee an healthy source of it, and that they will like?

Here is a list of few:

-Mealworms: mealworms are the best source of protein you can give them. A great source of protein that they love to eat. It is rich in amino acid and will help keep your ducks healthy and strong.

-Sunflower Seeds: sunflower seeds are a great source of protein. It contains many vitamins and minerals and is thus very essential to your duck’s diet.

-Peanut: one nut of peanut contains 10% protein that making it the best source of protein. Great for breeding season to boost egg production, hatchability, and fertility

-Bugs: Bugs are a fun treat for your ducks. Crickets, grasshoppers, and beetles are all fun snacks for your duck.

-Cat food: cat food contains high protein which is great for your ducks. Duck will love the smell of cat food and would definitely eat it.

-Soybean: Soybean is a great source of protein and contains lots of oil which is good for their healthy growth.

-Eggs: Yes! Eggs are a great source of protein and they are very nutritious. You can feed them to your ducks as a supplement.

Be careful not to feed your ducks too much protein because excess of proteins can lead to digestive problems and can also cause bloating.

What Should You Not Feed A Duck?

What is the food to stay away from?

– Citrus Fruits: Due to their high acidic levels will cause problems to their digestive system.

– Raw rice: I advise to always give them cooked rice and not raw, it could ferment in their stomach.

– Chocolate: yes, you read it right, chocolate is bad for your ducks because it contains toxic elements (caffeine) for ducks.

– Coffee: I know, it’s a little bit harder to imagine that the duck could eat coffee, but you should avoid giving them any.

– Eggshells: It can be healthy, but that might confuse them and lead to a wrong behavior: eating their eggs after being laid.

– Sugary and/or Salty Foods: ducks have a very low tolerance for salt and sugar.

– Raw Meat/Fish: They can transmit disease and lead ducks to uncharacteristic behaviors like high aggressiveness, always give them cooked!


It’s important to have a diverse diet for ducks. Feeding them ham can improve their health and give them a different treat that they will for sure enjoy.

Introducing high protein sources is a good way to help ducks get more energy and be more active. By including a variety of natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, high-protein products, and herbal supplements, ducks can improve their general health and lead to a better life.

Remember that what we feed them is important because it will determine the way they are going to be with us and with each other.