WARNING Bread for Wild Birds and Ducks is BADKeith
Bread for wild birds and ducks is a no no
By being fed bread birds and ducks can develop a health condition which can prevent them from flying.Victims may be unable to find more nutritious natural food, and could starve to deathBird experts are telling well-meaning families to stop throwing starchy scraps to birds in general on park ponds, lakes and rivers.
They say that it is healthier to feed them balanced food which is cheap to buy.
It is an excellent way for the public to interact with birdlife and for children to learn to appreciate wildlife.
But feeding bread – or chips – to birds can lead to serious health problems.
Food thrown into the water, and not eaten, can cause difficulties with nutrient build-up in the water, especially in closed water such as ponds and lakes.
We don’t want to stop people from feeding ducks, geese and swans but they should consider buying properly balanced food which is available from pet shops.
They are even like pieces of cut-up green veg, which are good for them and are easily obtained.
The major health problem to birds caused by over-feeding with bread is a condition known as Angel Wing – deformed wing growth which prevents birds from flying. Too much bread or chips also causes bloating, making them lethargic.
The imbalance of protein and carbohydrates in the diet is passed on by adult birds to ducklings, goslings and cygnets as they develop in the egg, and causes deformed wings as they grow up.
Significantly, the condition is unknown in areas where humans do not feed birds.
Uneaten bread can also become infested with bacteria and – by attracting large numbers of birds to places where people regularly feed them – there is also a problem with fouling on grassed and paved areas.
Bread for wild birds is dangerous for them.