Help with duck care.
I just moved to a new subdivision this week and discovered the first day that there is a pond in the neighborhood. I walked down there and discovered that there are two ducks down there. One is a Pekin and the other a Mallard (male).
I have no experience and little knowledge about ducks but I have been relentlessly researching ducks and their care. I am very concerned for these two little guys...
Just a little back story over the past couple of days...the first day I went down there, I discovered about 7 or 8 eggs just laying around. All of them were cracked open with the insides seeping out. They appeared larger than the normal chicken egg so I assumed they were duck eggs from the Pekin. But I thought it odd that they were just laying around everywhere. I am not sure if some other animal is getting them or since there are children in the neighborhood that they are messing with them. Also, I grew up going to the local lakes and parks and taking a loaf of bread to feed the ducks but in my research the past couple of days, I have discovered that bread and things along that line are very bad for the ducks. I am concerned for these two because people in the neighborhood are down there at all times of the day feeding the ducks bread and such.
The subdivision that I am in is a new development. None of us in the neighborhood have been here more than a couple of months. I am however not sure where the ducks came from. Were they here before the development started or were they domestic and someone just dropped them off?
I am basically looking for any advice anyone can give me here. I am currently working on an informative flyer to pass out to the neighbors about not feeding the ducks bread and such. I am also planning to get with the owner of the land to maybe see about getting a sign put up at the pond also stating to not feed the ducks bread and such and explaining why.
Is there anything that is ok to feed the ducks if someone should feel so compelled? I know I read about cracked corn and greens.
I am also worried that they are domestic and someone dropped them and that they are not going to survive out there. They appear to be doing well for themselves in the pond. I have witnessed them eating fish and plants and such from the pond but I read somewhere that domestic ducks that have been dropped usually don't survive a year.
I just want to make sure that they are getting the proper care and that they both live long happy duck lives.