Science Photo of the Day #852

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Is it a bad idea to feed bread to birds?

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budgysmom wrote on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 16:10:

Bread is bad for birds. Sliced bread or sandwich bread is heavily processed and contains chemicals and preservatives that are not suitable for wild birds. Bread also contains very little protein, which birds need to develop muscles and feathers, and it does not contain what the fat birds need for energy. Instead, bread is primarily a carbohydrate that while it will will fill a bird's stomach and relieve hunger, does not provide much nutrition. When eaten excessively, bread will cause health problems for birds, including malnutrition and obesity. This is particularly noticeable amongst young waterfowl in urban and suburban areas where ducklings and goslings may be fed tremendous amounts of bread, and they fail to get the proper nutrients for healthy growth and development. But, you can make a sandwich for the birds with extra ingredients to provide addition nutrition helps make the bread healthier. You can add Peanut butter, fat drippings, grape or apple jelly. Also, get whole grain or multi-grain breads that are healthy for humans are healthy for birds. Press birdseed into the bread to make even more healthy. Never feed bread regularly to birds, which is like candy to humans. It can be dangerous if you eat too much of it.

Tiger-Tude wrote on Sun, 04/27/2014 - 21:35:

I agree, but it is also bad for birds because feeding birds too much bread can get them to expect food when they see you, there by, "taming" them, sort of.

joy11joy wrote on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 09:57:

it is bad for them because their might be poison in the dirt and land to the bread and the bird will eat the poison.
it is also bad cause it could lead them to being sick.
maybe it is to big.
it could make them choke.

Anonymous wrote on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 14:23:

Yes, because the bread could flake up and choke them.

bphodnefield wrote on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 12:29:

Bread is not good for the birds because it has bad nutrition for them when it is processed It does not help with growing muscles and feathers for the birds. But whole made bread rather than the bread from the store is much better for them. While whole made is good for humans it is better for birds. You can put peanut butter, grape or apple jelly, suet and seeds and make a sandwich for the birds. I bet they would like it.

Anonymous wrote on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 01:45:

I have heard that if birds eat peanut butter before laying eggs, it will prevent the bird from being able to lay the egg, and end in the bird's death.