How many of you enjoyed feeding ducks at the local pond or park when we were younger? I used to love walking down to the local pond with my grandparents and feeding the resident ducks some bits of stale bread that my grandmother had saved for me to feed them.

However, over recent years less and less people have been feeding ducks bread. This is down to a common misconception that you shouldn’t be feeding the ducks, especially with bread – even if it has been soaked beforehand. It has been believed that bread swells in the duck’s stomach, and causes them to become unwell – this is not true.

The question of whether you should feed ducks bread or not has been all over social media over the past few days. It has been found that many birds over recent years have become starved from us humans stopping feeding them on a regular basis. Bread is not the best thing that ducks can eat, but it won’t harm them, and will actually keep them healthier than not eating at all – especially over the winter months.

The RSPB advises: “Although bread isn’t harmful, our advice is to only feed small amounts to birds. We encourage people to use things like sweetcorn, porridge oats and defrosted frozen peas as well as bird seed.”

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Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a huge animal lover and has always been passionate about the wellbeing of pets. She currently has a rescue dog, Stewie and a corn snake, Samson, but has experience of looking after various different pets over the years.

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