They swim all day and then force your sorry ass to give them food, hell yeah! They don't care the white bread you're giving them gives them diabetes, so what? That bread is delicious. They are more than happy to partake in your amalgamation of wheat and yeast.
Though, on a more serious note... Buy the damn ducks some proper whole grain bread; the white stuff makes them fat and they start having difficulties flying. Do you think you're helping them by feeding them white bread? Nope. Give these critters a chance and give them Whole Wheat.
I am fond of ducks, so I feed them. Same goes for sparrows and the like. However, I don't ever feed swans - as pretty as they might look, they are aggressive and unpleasant, and in certain areas they are invasive species even. So I support the local fauna.
When I was young, I used to feed them with sunflower seeds and stuff like that, but I don't really have time/money/dedication to buy that specifically for birds, so I'm guilty of feeding them with bread every now and then, when I have some with me and they're nigh.
I don't feed them anymore but I remember going down to a little pond behind the park in my hometown and tossing chunks of bread over the bridge to ducks all the time. Probably killed them.. *runs away crying*
And I dunno who does it but it seems like every day I walk around the other side of Lake Merritt there's a massive pile of geese, ducks, pelicans, seagulls and whatnot fighting over a giant circle of bread.
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I heard just this year about bird diabetes as well. It was in the local newspaper.
Some poor old lady (probably) was asking about the cute, chubby birds that acted so tame that she and others had seen jumping around, seemingly oblivious to anything happening around them. The paper had contacted an ornitologist or a bird expert of some renown, that had basically told them:
"Yeah, the birds have diabetes and are just about to die. It is probably because people have been feeding them unhealthy food".
I must admit I laughed a bit at the paper, because of the way it was written. They hade made it a grand revealing, a plot twist instead of telling it in the header or insert. The story itself was somehow tragic, of course.
I hate the ducks, when I am trying to feed to eels, the stupid ducks come and take all the food, but when I am trying to feed the ducks, they are funny, but they deserve to get diabetes and die for stealing the eel food.
Oh my god, I read this as "dicks and diabetes" first.
We have a big park with a pond here, where ducks and geese stay during the summer months, but like hell do I feed them, they can fend for themselves.
Really? THEN QUICK, WHAT DOES THIS SAY: I have a dig bick.
Anyways, I went to the Lake District in England a couple weeks ago and I found that the geese there were... let's just say that "morbidly obese" would be a compliment. And what was worse, people didn't seem to realize the damage they were doing and kept throwing bread at them.