While feeding bread to ducks and geese at the park seems like a nice thing to do it is not good for them or the park. Bread will harm the growth of baby ducks and geese. It also contaminates the water supply.
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DON"T FEED THEM BREAD!!! It is bad for them. While they love it, bread is very bad for animals. Growing up as a kid we took day old bread to the park all the time. I loved it. But I had no idea that bread was bad for them. It wasn't until many years later that I found out that it isn't just not good for them but can be dangerous for them in many ways. The bread offers absolutely ZERO nutrients for them. But it fills them up. So they get full but no nutrients. Basically you it is like eating all candy an no veggies.
So I'm sure your next question is "what can I feed them?". Natural grains. Bird seed, and cracked corn. They like cracked corn and it is good for them. We get it from Rural King here in town for about $7.00 for a 50lb bag. We feed them every day so we go through a lot of it but if you are feeding casually it can last a long time. And you can rest assured that you aren't doing them any harm.
So next you think "well I'm sure a little bread won't hurt them" and you are almost right. A little from time to time won't. But if you are feeding them at the park then keep in mind that A LOT of people are feeding them "just a little" and it adds up to disaster. And feeding the babies bread is worse than feeding the adults. Baby geese and ducks are not much different than human babies in that they need certain vitamins and nutrients. Feeding them too much bread causes their muscles to develop faster than their bones and they develop a condition called Angel Wing. It is painful because the muscle actually flips and twists before it can grow. And what's worse is that Angel Wing can prevent them from being able to migrate (fly south for the winter) with their family in the fall. That means they are left alone and vulnerable to predators.
And if all that isn't bad enough, the bread contaminates the water and can cause botulism. I know it sounds ridiculous but it molds and turns into a slimy texture and with enough people tossing bread into the lake it can cause some pretty nasty diseases.
And if you must give them bread don't give them molded bread. It is deadly to them. We aren't talking it might kill them kind of deadly, rather it is DEADLY to them and WILL kill them. So make sure you don't feed them moldy food.
A 50lb bag of seed costs about $7.00. A trip to the vet costs between $75-$200 or more. In addition there are medications, nets, special tools to remove the fishing line, and more.
As you could imagine catching a goose is not easy. We purchased a net gun at a huge discount from a generous person but could use a second one. If we can't catch them on the first shot we usually loose them. We could loose access to the goose in the time it takes to reload the net gun. We try to find good deals on them but there aren't many out there. The net guns cost $1,600!!
Donate to our GoFundMe page by clicking on the button below. We also accept PayPal, checks, and cash. Contact us for details. If you don't want to give money you can drop off donations of seed and cracked corn to Pike's Mattress and we will feed them for you if you don't have time.
It is truly a wonderful feeling when you help an injured creature and watch it go free. The photo above was first one we captured with a net and cut the fishing line off his foot. I swear to you when we let him go he ran a few steps from us before turning and looking at us like he was saying "Thank you". It was amazing.
But as you could imagine catching a goose is not easy. It takes more people than just us. The more people that are there the better we can guide the goose to the guy with the net. Yes, we have a netgun but prefer not to use it because it scares the daylights out of the geese and reduces their trust in us. So when we rescue them we try with a large hand net first. We feed them and everyone slowly circles around the injured goose and guides him to the net man.
You can contact us to be put on the call list or join our Rescue group on our Facebook page. No experience is required. We will contact you through there. And don't worry, we won't give out your information to anyone. We would only cont'act you for goose/duck emergencies.
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