Hello, I have a pet duck and goose. Who I love dearly and have built two ponds for.. one 4ft deep the other 6ft deep. The ponds are for their use, first and for most, but I would like to have a plant or plants in and around both ponds. Everything I've found and purchased at local stores have really been nothing more than snacks for Duckie & Goosie.. is there any plant in southeastern Texas that isn't duck or goose food and won't kill them if they do give it a nipple?
Yes, ducks and geese do like to eat plants, but they especially like to eat them when they are young and tender plants. The British Waterfowl Association in its article, Plants for Ponds and Pens has several useful suggestions. First, it would be good if you could establish the plants for the ducks and geese before they are introduced to the area. Obviously, you can't do that, but you could protect your plants until they reach a size that makes them less interesting and/or vulnerable to your fowls' feeding. They suggest enclosing new plants in wire netting until they have grown sufficently to withstand heavy feeding. The article also suggests maintaining enough grass for them to feed on to take away some of the pressure on the other plants. Mr. Smarty Plants is going to recommend planting a large number of sedges/grasses along with more ornamental plants to distract your duck and goose from eating only the most decorative ones. You might also like to read some of their other articles, such as Pond Construction. Metzer Farms Hatchery also has information on Raising Duck and Geese. You might also like to read what LiveDucks.com and For the Birds say about feeding your duck and goose.
Here are some native plants for your duck and goose that occur in or adjacent to Harris County. They have been checked against the toxic plant databases below and none of these are on any of the lists:
Larval host plants for Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterflies October 31, 2009 - I am looking for a list of larval host plants for Painted Lady butterflies. Could you provide such a list? view the full question and answer
Monardas in section Cheilyctis not visited by hummingbirds. February 03, 2011 - This is a correction. In your plant database, Monarda punctata is said to attract hummingbirds, but all peer reviewed research suggests it, and other members of Monarda in section Cheily... view the full question and answer
Attracting birds in Greenville, SC April 15, 2009 - Hi,
I live in Northeastern South Carolina near the mountains and I am making a shade garden in my back yard. I also want to attract birds to my yard. There are 100 ft tall and even some 125 ft tal... view the full question and answer
Need suggestions for plants for a bird/small wildlife refuge in Wichita Co, TX. August 26, 2011 - With our continuing drought in North Texas, I'm planning to transform my small backyard into a bird/small wildlife "refuge". What types of native plants and grasses can I plant in dry, hot Wichita ... view the full question and answer
Native plants for birds and butterflies June 27, 2008 - We have a home on Lake Sam Rayburn and in the process of putting in some plants and shrubs around our new home. I would like them to be native to the area and attract birds, butterflies and hummingbir... view the full question and answer