Peas are a popular vegetable in most households.
We know they are good for us, and they taste great. Surely something a duck would enjoy just as much?
In this article I’m going to tell you everything I know about ducks and peas.
I’ll discuss whether ducks can eat peas. If there are any health benefits for ducks eating peas and I’ll answer a range of frequently asked questions about ducks and peas.
Ducks can eat peas. Peas have lots of nutrients which are great for ducks; However, peas are also surprisingly high in sugar so they should be regarded as a treat rather than part of a duck’s regular daily diet.
Let’s look at the nutrients that make peas such a healthy treat.
Health benefits of peas for ducks
Antioxidants are believed to reduce the risk of a wide range of diseases, including heart disease and cancers.
Antioxidants do this by reducing the number of free radicals in the body.
Free radicals are atoms that attach themselves to cells in the body.
These cells are then identified as an invader and damaged or destroyed, hence leading to serious diseases.
So the fewer free radicals, the lower the chance of one of these diseases occurring.
This nutrient is great for the digestive system.
It is fermented into fatty acids which sit in the digestive tract.
These fatty acids prevent the build-up of potentially harmful bacteria in the intestine. Fiber also helps the colon to recover from any damage.
Protein helps to maintain and repair cells and other tissues, it helps support the immune system and it aids in generating hormones, antibodies and enzymes.
Remember the old myth about carrots helping you to see in the dark, well that’s because of vitamin A.
And it’s actually kind of true, vitamin A does help to support good eye health.
Vitamin A is also great for young degus as vitamin A deficiency can stunt growth.
This great vitamin also helps to maintain strong immune and cell functions.
This is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps with blood clotting.
It also aids bone metabolism and supports the regulation of blood calcium levels.
An important antioxidant, vitamin C will rid your gerbil of ‘free radical’ potentially harmful atoms that damage other cells in the body.
It also helps to reduce inflammation and maintains cognitive function.
This vitamin helps to maintain the correct function of the nervous system, brain, muscles, heart, stomach, and intestines.
Another one of the B vitamins (B9), and also known as folic acid.
This vitamin also helps with a mouse’s metabolism and supports the integrity of the cell membranes.
A folate deficiency can lead to cell structures weakening.
Manganese helps to form antioxidants. These, in turn, can help to rid the body of harmful ‘free radicals’.
Free radicals are isolated atoms that bind themselves to cells in the body. The body then treats this cell as an invader and it is damaged or destroyed.
That can lead to a whale host of health issues and even cancer.
Manganese also helps to support good bone health, working with nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D.
Health risks of peas for ducks
The main risk of overfeeding your ducks on peas is that they contain quite a bit of sugar.
Peas contain around 6% sugar by weight.
Sweet fruits like apples and blueberries contain around 10% sugar by weight, so you can see that peas have around 60% of the sugar content that these typically sweet fruits have.
That means they aren’t suitable as part of a standard daily diet as your ducks would far exceed their required daily sugar intake.
Do ducks like peas
Ducks absolutely love to eat peas.
Peas are one of the best treats you can give to a duck as they are packed with nutrients with only marginal health risks (mainly the sugar content).
If you needed any more convincing, I’m sure this video will tell you all you need to know about what ducks think about peas.
How many peas can a duck eat
Peas are relatively high in sugar, so they should be regarded as a treat rather than p[art of a duck’s regular daily diet.
Having said that, due to the small size of peas you are able to feed a generous amount each time.
I would recommend feeding the equivalent of a quarter a bowl of peas per duck, no more than once a week.
It’s a good idea to fill the bowl with some water too as your ducks will prefer eating the peas this way.
Can ducks eat frozen peas
Ducks can eat frozen peas but I would recommend defrosting them first.
Frozen peas won’t cause any immediate harm to your duck, but your ducks will need to use more energy as the frozen peas will drain their heat.
Digesting frozen peas will also use more energy.
Combine that with the fact that your ducks probably won’t be as eager to eat frozen peas anyway due to the dampened flavor and unusual texture and it’s clear that whilst they technically can eat frozen peas, defrosting or cooking peas first is a much better way to feed them to your ducks.
Can ducks eat dried split peas
Ducks can eat dried split peas but I would recommend cooking them first.
Uncooked split peas are edible and your duck may eat them but they will be much harder to digest than cooked split peas.
Your duck will also miss out on lots of the nutrients if the split peas are not cooked as easier digestion allows the body more time to absorb all of that goodness.
Can ducks eat canned peas
Ducks can eat canned peas but you need to check for extra ingredients.
You should mainly check to make sure the canned peas haven’t had lots of added sugar or salt, although if you notice any other unusual added ingredients like flavorings then you might want to avoid them too.
.The sugar should be below 6% and the salt should be extremely low, well below 1%.
Can ducks eat sweet peas
Ducks can eat sweet peas but the husk can be quite fibrous.
The actual peas inside are perfectly easy to digest, but if you are feeding them to your ducks case and all then I would recommend that you cook them well beforehand to soften them up.
It’s also a nice idea to chop them up into little pieces to make them easier for your ducks to swallow.
Can ducks eat sugar snap peas
Ducks can eat sugar snap peas but if given in the husk they are best cooked and chopped up.
Both the internal peas and the husk are edible, but raw husk can be quite fibrous so it’s best to cook them first.
The digestive system of your duck will also be able to better absorb all the nutrients from food that has been cooked a little first.
Chopping up the sugar snap peas just makes them easier for your duck to swallow.
Can baby ducks eat peas
Young ducks can eat peas. You can start feeding your ducklings peas as a treat after around 4 weeks old.
Peas do contain more sugar than a duck would find in it’s normal diet so it’s important to treat peas as a treat for young ducks rather than part of a standard daily diet.
You should only feed peas to ducklings around once a week as a maximum.