5 Plants You Can Grow For Homemade Duck Feed

One of the best ways to keep ducks coming back to your pond is to feed them with healthy snacks. But instead of buying these snacks at your local pet store, you can grow your own feed instead.

Keep the ducks around you happy and healthy, by supplying them with natural and tasty treats from your own backyard.

  1. Duckweed

Officially called lemnoideae, duckweed is the floating flowering plant that lives on or just below a body of water. Sometimes described as “water lentils” this plant would be a beautiful and healthy addition to your pond.

Ducks, birds, and small mammals love to eat duckweed, making your pond inviting to a number of beautiful wildlife. The plants can also help you maintain your water levels and keep the water clear.

People often add duckweed to their ponds as a water purifier as the plant absorbs excess minerals from fish and other plants to help it grow, thereby keeping your pond transparent.

This plant is easy to grow but can take over your pond quickly. If you decide to grow these helpful plants, be sure to trim them back when needed.

  1. Water Hyacinth

The water hyacinth is another amazing plant to put in your pond for the local ducks. It grows fast like duckweed, but it can produce a beautiful flower that breaks up the leafy green display.

Water hyacinths don’t tend to survive the colder months, but you can clip, harvest, and dehydrate any overgrowing leaves to continue feeding your feathery friends during their winter period.

The leaves and flowers contain a lot of protein which will make them a feast of choice for many birds. If you feed them dehydrated or freshwater hyacinth they will be beloved either way.

You can put the plant into murky or clean water, and know that it will survive the unmeasured ph levels. However, unlike duckweed, this plant won’t eat away the algae. 

  1. Millet

When you go to a pet store the most common type of bird feed is millet. Millet is a very small seed that can be added to human food or dried to make bird food.

When grown, these plants can reach up to 4 feet high, creating a bloom of grass leaves which encompass a stalk of millet pearl seeds as thick as a corn cob.

Touching them will instantly make them detach from the stem-like powder. Imagine a dandelion ready to be blown.

They come in whites, greens, purples, and pinks and can be planted anywhere in the ground, as long as you keep it moist. 

  1. Corn

One of the simplest plants you can grow for the sole purpose of feeding ducks is a corn plant. We aren’t necessarily talking about popcorn, and you might even be wondering “can ducks eat popcorn” but right now we are talking about maize corn.

They come in a lot of varieties, can be grown quickly and easily, and can be used to feed your ducks and yourself.

Although corn isn’t the prettiest plant to grow, if you are hoping for a simple homegrown feeding solution, corn is your guy!

When it comes to harvesting season, you can secure all of the corn you need for both you and your duck friends and let them dry out for a long-term storage of food.

Corn has a lot of fat in it, which makes it perfect as a winter meal, so be sure to keep a heavy supply during the colder months.

  1. Fairy Moss

Fairy moss is very similar to duckweed, however, instead of looking like lentils in your pond, the greenery is in the shape of fern-like water grass.

The foliage makes a beautiful pond decoration and is packed full of protein which is why many farmers use it for their animal feed. Growing the plant at home is very easy, in fact, like duckweed it can be considered a pest. 

We would suggest duckweed over fairy moss as although fairy moss is much prettier, the fern-like foliage can easily cover your pond preventing insects from reaching the water. Even worse, they can trap amphibians under the surface causing deaths.

However if you keep the fairy moss under control, they can be a beautiful and natural feeder for your beloved ducks.


Each of these options will be loved and enjoyed by any ducks you plan on feeding, so pick the one which best fits your garden space. If you already have a pond then any of the options will fit well.