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What Do Ducks Like to Play With? 7 Toy Ideas Ducks LOVE!


If you’ve ever watched ducks play, there’s no doubt about how interactive and silly they can be. Like any other animal, they benefit from having stimulating activities to do. Of course, they love swimming around, so water games are always fun. But there are also lots of interesting games you play with them on land.

Find out just how many ideas you can use to offer a nice change of pace to your flock. Many of them are inexpensive—or even free. You might even have a gizmo or gadget lying around your house. Let’s find out.


The 7 Duck Toys They Love to Play With

1. Kiddie Pool

Your ducks will have hours of fun splashing around in a crisp, clear kitty pool. You can follow the DIY to add a drain to the bottom of the pool. This feature makes cleaning up a breeze!

You can fill up the pool with fun games and snacks, too. Diving to forage food will provide tons of entertainment for them.

You can get these plastic pools for cheap—and they are decently durable. Grab a lemonade and pull up a seat—your ducks will put on quite the show.

2. Mirror Toys

Ducks seem to take to shiny things. You can hang a few reflective surfaces or mirrors around so your flock can check it out. Make sure that there are no jagged edges, and don’t place it anywhere it can easily break.

You can string up a few pocket mirrors to create a shiny eye-catcher—or you can buy premade toys on the market. Either will work. Your little quacking friends can chatter with their reflection for a while.

3. Household Item DIY

You have lots of stuff lying around the house—probably just taking up space. This DIY bird toy instructional helps you locate unneeded resources to create some awesome gadgets for your ducks.

Keep in mind that some of these toys are for small birds. Your ducks are bigger than most indoor birds, so consider that when choosing your materials. Avoid using potential choking hazards.

4. Stuffed Treat Balls

You see these balls everywhere, in fact, you may even have some in the garage or basement. You can stuff the holes full of your duck’s favorite snacks. Lettuce is, of course, an easy pick because it is thin and pliable.

You can also stuff other yummies inside, like grapes or bananas. Your ducks will keep busy and reap the rewards of these snack stuffed balls. The balls are typically inexpensive and easy to clean—so you can use them anytime.

5. Rope Toys

All duck owners know that ducks love strings for whatever reason. If you master a skillful knot, you could make one of these toys at home using a bungee cord.

But if you didn’t want to go through the hassle, these cords are available for purchase, too. They are thick and strong enough that your ducks won’t peck right through them or pick them apart.

6. Commercial Bird Toys

Bonka Bird Toys Bellpull Bird Toy
Image Credit: Bonka Bird Toys, Chewy

If you want an easy premade pick, you can choose practically any bird toy made for parrots or larger birds. Don’t select any products that have tiny pieces that your duck can’t digest.

You can even mimic a few ideas you see online. Most of the toys are strung together with thick string, and they have bird-safe decorations all around. You could get creative and string up a few duck favorites for some all-day fun.

7. Swing for Ducks

Chickens aren’t the only ones who want to spend time swinging in the coop. Your ducks can enjoy a swing as much as the next barnyard clucker. Swings are effortless to make and require few materials.

If you want to make it extra exciting, you could make a swing that fits in a small pool. They can enjoy the water while swinging happily in the breeze.



Your ducks‘ days don’t have to be drab and dull. Spruce up things around the yard by giving them a ton of exciting activities to try out. Soon, you’ll be able to pick up on just what they love the most. You could try one or a combination of these products and projects.

Featured Image Credit: Magdalena Smolnicka, Unsplash

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