Why Do Ducks Dig Holes

(and Should You Worry)

You may not think of ducks as the type of animal to dig or create holes. But it is actually common for ducks to use their bills to drill or dig into the ground.

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Ducks naturally dig holes. Digging or drilling is natural for a number of reasons including instinct and foraging.

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A ducks will stick its bill into the soil, drilling under it in search of bugs, grubs, and worms to eat.


Ducks love ponds, especially freshwater ponds. Ducks that do not have access to a pond may start digging to create one.


Ducks use holes to hide their eggs and to protect them from predators. Ducks may choose to lay their eggs in holes even if they have a nest prepared.

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