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Can Ducks Eat Pumpkins?

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Some foods may be safe for humans to eat, but not for ducks. Some foods that can cause serious problems for ducks include bread, dried beans, and spinach. What about pumpkins?

Can ducks eat pumpkin? Ducks can eat pumpkin. As a matter of fact, they will enjoy munching on this nutritious fruit. However, like all other fruits and vegetables, pumpkin must only be given as a treat, and should not be part of their daily diet.

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What are the health benefits of pumpkins for ducks?

Aside from being a tasty snack, pumpkin is also packed with nutrients that are essential for a duck’s health.

Pumpkins are low in calories, but they have a good amount of soluble and insoluble fibers which is good for constipation and diarrhea. Its seeds are also rich in carbohydrates and healthy fats.

Some vitamins and minerals that are present in pumpkin include:

  • Alpha Carotene and Vitamin E. These are antioxidants present in the bird’s body which are responsible for regulating enzymatic activities, as well as blocking damages to the cells.
  • Calcium. Supports strong bones and beaks.
  • Iron. Aids with the respiratory system, as well as assists the oxygen’s flow at a cellular level.
  • Lutein. A vitamin that helps in eye improvement. It also promotes better skin and feathers of the birds for them to grow healthy and big.
  • Vitamin A. Promotes clear vision and better eyesight. It also protects the birds’ immune system.
  • Vitamin C. Helps boost the ducks’ immune system.

To ensure that they get only the nutrients from the pumpkin, never add salt, seasonings, flavorings, and other additives that may be bad for their health. Pumpkin-based foods, such as pies, cakes, and doughnuts should not be fed to ducks.

Peeled pumpkin seeds

Can ducks eat pumpkin seeds?

Aside from eating the fruit, ducks can eat pumpkin seeds as well. Pumpkin seeds are packed with nutrients as well which can provide nutrition to ducks. 

However, pumpkin seeds need to be grounded first before feeding to ducks. Otherwise, it may cause choking.

To prepare, first, dry or roast the seeds to remove all of their moisture. Then, using a blender or a grinder, grind the seeds until they are well-blended. If it’s your first time feeding them pumpkin seeds, you may need to start small and observe if they will develop allergic reactions.

The vitamins and minerals present in pumpkin seeds include fiber, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants, manganese, phosphorus, copper, calcium, and potassium.

The seeds are also good in treating tapeworm infection, promoting stronger bone formation, and creating beneficial oils and polyunsaturated fats that support strong feathers and shinier skin. Moreover, the seeds also serve as a natural antiparasitic supplement for ducks.

peeling fresh pumpkin

Can ducks eat pumpkin skin?

Ducks can eat pumpkin skin. In fact, they love it. From the skin down to the seeds, pumpkins are a healthy and nutritious treat for ducks.

However, make sure that the skin is soft before giving it to ducks to avoid the risk of choking.

Can ducks eat cooked pumpkin?

Ducks can eat cooked pumpkins, so long as no additional flavorings are used. Regardless if the pumpkin is fed raw or cooked, it is important to check and ensure that the pumpkin is not rotten and is still safe to eat.

How can I give pumpkin to ducks?

If it is your first-time feeding pumpkins to ducks, you may notice them just staring at it. To help them eat this delicious treat, cut the pumpkin and add some duck food so that they will be able to familiarize themselves with the taste. Next time you feed them pumpkins, you’ll no longer need to add duck food.

Take note that it is highly important to consider the amount of pumpkin that is given to ducks. Make sure that it is served in moderation, such as a reward for their good behavior. 

If you plan on adding pumpkin to the duck’s regular diet, it is highly recommended to consult the veterinarian first to make sure that a well-balanced diet is still observed.

Is too much pumpkin bad for ducks?

Too much of anything can be harmful for ducks, including pumpkins. Make sure that their daily diet contains equal amounts of vitamins and nutrients. Otherwise, feeding them too much pumpkin can be dangerous, and may cause more harm than good for ducks. 


So, the next time you have a left-over but still in good condition pumpkin, you may simply give them to your ducks and they would be more than happy to munch on it.

As long as given in moderation, pumpkins can provide natural nutrients that are beneficial for your duck’s overall health.


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