The Verke canal flows through the town of Berehovo, which attracts a considerable number of water-loving birds. Within the city, it’s easy to see mallards, whose nestlings fearlessly approach people and treat themselves to the offered “goodies”: chips, biscuits, crackers, pieces of bread, or rolls.
People think they are doing something useful by feeding the ducks. However, it leads to the fact that the birds get used to regular, not entirely useful food, and stop getting it on their own. The basis of the nutrition of wild ducks in nature is plant food. Succulent aquatic plants can be considered their favorite food, available on the bottom, surface, and shores of natural reservoirs in the summer. If at the same time they come across a snail or an insect larva, the ducks do not refuse them either.
On July 30th, volunteers of the center “Everyone can help” conducted an excursion to the Verke canal, in order to learn how to feed birds correctly. Is it worth feeding ducks living in the city? If it is a good natural reservoir, where there are enough fish and there are muddy shallows with aquatic plants, then the birds will feed themselves. What to do if you want to please yourself and your children by treating ducks? What to feed the birds so as not to harm them? Can ducks be fed with bread? No way!
It is better to use food of grain with the addition of legumes. A good option would be a mixture: of barley, oats, wheat, corn, and peas. The share of barley in the feed mixture should be 30-35%. The composition and ratio of other components vary at their discretion. The inhabitants of the city mainly offer bread to the ducks. Contrary to the established stereotype, bread and pastry for ducks are contraindicated.
In natural conditions, there is no food of any kind, resembling baked goods. So, the bird’s body is simply not adapted to digest it. Due to the content of yeast, they contribute to the fermentation processes in the intestine. Moreover, the duck seeks to fill its stomach with harmful food, and as a result – ignores other, more healthy food. Informational posters containing information about healthy and harmful products for birds were placed for citizens of the town.
The event was held by an IERS expert with the participation of children of IDPs as part of the cooperation of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies- IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU Bundesverband NABU International ), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev, Nataliya Kulya (IERS).
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