Can Ducks Eat Wheat? (And Other Grains)

Can ducks eat wheat? Yes, ducks can definitely eat wheat. This grain is very nutritious and contains a lot of fibers, lot of vitamins, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and calcium. It also contains a lot of energy in the form of protein. To boost the energy levels in ducks it is better to give them wheat with some other grains.

Is Wheat Good For Ducks?

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Wheat is considered excellent for ducks, providing many nutritional benefits. High fiber is one of the most prominent, fibers that are essential to digestion and the elimination of wastes, and is a good source of vitamin B. It is also a source of manganese, which is necessary for the body’s use of oxygen and energy.

Wheat is also high in vitamin B1 and thiamine. This vitamin helps to prevent fatigue, improve circulation, and promote the production of red blood cells.

Wheat is also an excellent source of magnesium, which is essential for bone formation. Magnesium helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus, which are also important to bone health.

Potassium is also provided by wheat, which is essential for the heart, brain, and muscles to function properly.

What Grains Are Good For Ducks?

A good mix of various grains is always a good choice for ducks, here are the most nutritious and tasty:

Alfalfa: One the best choice of grains for ducks. Alfalfa seed has a smaller particle size than the other grains below, making it easier for the ducks to digest and contain in their digestive tracts.

Barley: Vitally important to ducks due to its high energy content, filling power and amino acid balance, barley is a great choice for ducks.

Corn: This grain is less nutritious than the others listed here and the food processing makes it harder for ducks to digest. The kernel itself does not contain any nutrients of interest for ducks, but it makes an excellent food supplement or feed filler because of its variety of nutrients.

Oats: This is a favorite grain among duck owners because it contains a high amount of fiber and moisture. Oats are good supplements for duck production diets because they can be mixed with other grains and have good eating qualities. The only con about this grain is that it does not stay in solution very long so you must use a liquid such as wheat germ oil or peanut oil to keep it from going stale.

What Should Ducks Eat?

Ducks are omnivorous, o they can enjoy a pretty diverse diet, however, they need to be supplemented with some foods to fulfill their nutritional needs.

The types of food that ducks can eat are:

Vegetables: Beans, carrots, corn, cucumber, lettuce, peas and cabbage. Things you should take into account is that cucumbers and beans should not be given whole; the seeds inside can cause problems for the digestive system of the duck. Also, carrots should only be fed in small amounts so that they don’t get too many calories from their diet. The rest of the food items should not be fed in excess either because then your duck will gain weight and some may have problems digesting all those rich foods. 

Grains/seeds: Barley, oats, wheat bran, or ryegrass seeds (but only if they are milled or cracked). Foods rich in fat/oils: Sunflower seeds, corn, soya beans, and maize.

They can enjoy any kind of vegetable oil in moderation. Foods rich in protein: Any kind of meat like chicken, beef, fish, and dried insects (insects must be soaked in water to make them more digestible). Foods rich in minerals/vitamins: Soya beans (but only if they are milled or cracked), carrots, parsley, and lettuce (they are a good source of Vitamin A).

Ducks also enjoy eating different kinds of rice. Barley rice is perfect for your ducks because it’s an important source of energy for your ducks in winter time when there is less green food available for them.

The ideal diet for your duck should consist of a combination of the items I listed before:

You must not offer duck just one type of food from the list at any one time. This will lead to a deficiency of certain important nutrients.

The main reason why the ducks live very long in the wild is that they eat a lot of variety and not just one type of food.

Ducks must be fed at least three times a day, although if they have free access to water all day long they can be fed only twice.


By adding grains, and specifically wheat and barley, to a duck’s diet, it will become more nutritious and provide your ducks with a more well-balanced diet. When possible avoid feeding just one type of grain to your ducks as they need the variety.

If you want to take good care of your pet ducks, you have to make sure that they have a healthy diet. A daily diet consisting of grains, plenty of vegetables and vitamins (A&D) will maintain and improve their health.