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'Bloated' Ducks in Danger After Over-Indulging on White Bread

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, ducks )

- 1966 days ago -
Too much white bread can leave ducks bloated, ill and in danger from predators as they gorge on the starchy food instead of their usual nutritious meals, experts have warned.

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Donna Hamilton (159)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:48 am
Noted. Thanks for the info, Cher.

pam w (139)
Monday January 7, 2013, 8:27 am
Yet another example of well-meaning people trying to "feed" wild life.


naomi cohen (55)
Monday January 7, 2013, 8:39 am
noted, signed and shared. thank you, cher.

Carol H (229)
Monday January 7, 2013, 11:26 am
noted, thanks Cher

michelle t (41)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:34 pm
From one extreme to the other.Starvation to overfeeding

Muriel Servaege (53)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:50 pm
They should never be fed on bread. It's easy for people but can be dangerous for birds. We feed the birds of our garden all year long but we never give them any bread.

Agnes W (141)
Monday January 7, 2013, 1:21 pm
very interesting article, thank you Cher

Ruth M (235)
Monday January 7, 2013, 2:25 pm

Michelle K (3)
Monday January 7, 2013, 3:49 pm
We feed our neighborhood Miscovee ducks bird seed. They seem to do well on it. However, I have found people walking by my home putting pasta in the feeding pans for the ducks and of course it is left uneaten. I guess they are smart ducks? They prefer to have somewhat of a starch free diet.

Dianne D (490)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:06 pm
I've read many times that bread is bad for birds, fowl, ducks, and I've seen signs in parks asking people not to feed the fowl bread, but there are usually several people standing right by the sign throwing bread at the birds. White bread isn't good for humans. It's the same ingredients as white cake, so why would we think it would be good for fowl? People need to be educated.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:50 pm
Noted, twittered and google shared. We have to take care of our birds! Thanks for Chering

. (1)
Monday January 7, 2013, 11:35 pm
This is ongoing topic of discussion in our house b/c my biologist husband explained to our daughter that we buy cracked corn to feed to birds b/c they don't have stomachs designed for bread YET we see people feed bread to the birds & so regularly explain to our daughter that these folks don't understand about bird tummies ... She's gonna start lecturing people any day now ... which will probably *not* offend them since she is 3 years old.

Sandra s (130)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 6:40 am
yeah I believe you can give them celery stalks and suchlike.The bread rots in the water and infects their little tums.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 7:30 am
You can give them small pieces of veggies, its much better then white bread.

. (0)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 9:46 am
I don't even eat white bread so why would I give it to the ducks?

Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 9:52 am
I didn't know it was bad for them. I know peanuts are bad for squirrels though. TY

Sheila S (50)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 9:59 am
"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 or from vets." I stopped feeding white bread and/or stale bread some time ago, when I first heard this. But I hadn't realized I could actually purchase a replacement. Let the fowl-feeding frenzy begin!

Kathleen R (138)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 11:52 am
read & noted

Klaus Peters (14)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 5:54 am
Wild life knows how to survive, why ruin their instincts and make them lazy to look for their natural food, instead of eating rubbish handed by stupid controlling people.

Kristopher Deapen (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 3:17 pm
I go to our local park a lot and wanted to know what the ducks should or shouldn't be given, thanks so much for the info. Wanted to enjoy them and they enjoy me not hurt them.
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