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A Sign Thanking People For Not Feeding Ducks Bread Has Gone Viral And People Are Freaking Out


A park sign warning about the dangers of feeding bread to ducks and geese went viral on Wednesday, prompting tens of thousands of panicked reactions to the discovery.

The sign reads: "Bread makes us ill, as it does not contain the right nutrition or calories that we need to keep us warm in winter. Rotting bread pollutes our water and causes nasty surface algae, which kills our fish and gives us diseases. It also makes our water smell."

In short, bread for birds is a serious no-no.


The BBC has reported that bread in ponds can encourage the growth of surface algae, which in turn releases toxins that damage fish and the general ecosystem ducks thrive in.

Bread has little nutritional value for ducks and can be a contributing factor in "angel wing", a condition that results in a bird's wings pointing out to the side rather than resting against its body.

The condition occurs when a bird has a high calorie diet with plenty of carbs and little vitamin D and E. Birds with angel wing can no longer fly. Many birds that have grown accustomed to being fed at parks by humans develop angel wing.

The original tweet of the sign has over 30,000 retweets and has really shaken up people who are only now realising how damaging bread can be to ducks.

If you DO want to feed the ducks, stick to things like bird seed, cut lettuce, seedless grapes that have been cut in half and cooked rice.

That way we can keep the ducks healthy and thriving.

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