Advice from CJ Wildlife on feeding healthier food than bread to waterfowl

Did you know that waterfowl also need a balanced diet and bread is not actually one of their 5-a-day? Read on to find out about the ways in which you can change the habit of generations with some advice from CJ Wildlife.

What is Breaducation?

In an ideal world and being wild animals, ducks, geese, and swans would only eat aquatic and bankside vegetation as their main food source. However, as well-meaning as we humans are, feeding bread for generations has become something of a problem for waterfowl. CJ Wildlife are helping to re-educate those who want to make a difference, especially the younger generation, on how best to care for wildlife.

What are the problems with feeding bread?

In short, bread doesn’t have the nutrients needed to keep waterfowl fit and healthy. In extreme cases it can result in 'Angel Wing', a bone and feather deformity preventing birds from flying and living a normal healthy life. It also leads to bloated stomachs and obesity, inhibiting them from seeking out more natural foods as well as making them less mobile and more vulnerable to predators. Uneaten bread also has a negative impact on water quality as it leads to algal blooms, allows bacteria to breed, and attracts rats and other vermin.

So, what is #betterthanbread?

Shredded greens, vegetable peelings, purposely developed duck food, mealworms, porridge oats, defrosted peas, and wild bird seed are healthy alternatives to bread. Most of these will float on water rather than sinking to the bottom (where it would rot away and have a negative impact on the water quality, which would also impact other local wildlife).

How can I help?

Help spread the Breaducation message when you are out and about and why not share your stories with photos on social media. Follow the campaign on twitter @BreaducationUK #betterthanbread.

You will start to see new campaign boards up at lakes and rivers around the country highlighting the issues and helping to remind the public about alternatives to bread.

See www.breaducation.org.uk for more information about the different foods ducks can safely eat and a selection of other products available.

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