My pet peeve!

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kibbles
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My pet peeve!

Postby kibbles » Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:10 pm

It really annoys me when I see people throwing bread to ducks in parks. I know it's kind of a 'tradition', but it's actually really bad for them - it bloats them up but without delivering any of the nutrients they need. So they don't eat any of the natural things that they should be eating and as such end up unhealthy. Our local park actually has a sign up explaining this but people just stroll past it with their bread. Why don't they get that they're doing harm?
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Re: My pet peeve!

Postby Harvey » Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:29 am

Wow... I never knew this. I guess that could be why people do it. They don't know that it is harmful. I don't read signs at the parks. Maybe they aren't paying attention to them either.
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Re: My pet peeve!

Postby kibbles » Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:23 pm

It's not just bad for the birds themselves, bread clogs up the water, meaning algae builds up that can attract rats and other vermin.

It's like the old belief that you should give hedgehogs bread and milk - no! They eat the bread but when they drink the milk the bread absorbs it inside them, swells up and can actually kill them! Hedgehogs should be given tinned cat or dog food, or you can even buy specialist hedgehog food.
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Re: My pet peeve!

Postby Harvey » Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:34 pm

Oh, I get it. The bread is bad because of what it does when the ducks don't eat it. I've seen pieces floating in the water and then sink. Do rats swim? I guess I never thought about uneaten bread attracting rats.
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Re: My pet peeve!

Postby BlueEyedGirl » Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:03 am

I am afraid I am guilty of this sometimes when we go to a local state park. However, I had no idea that feeding ducks bread could cause such problems. I am glad I read this post because I will no longer be feeding the ducks.

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