How to feed waterfowl in winter - contact the biologist ornithologist wikipet
Often in cities you can see a huge number of waterfowl that have not flown away for the winter. Usually these are mallard ducks, mute swans, sometimes other waterfowl (up to 20 species). Most often, the fact that these birds remain to winter is to blame for the person.
Why swans and ducks winter in the city
In parks and on city ponds there are always many vacationers who always feed these birds. Ducks and swans in the presence of a constant source of food decide not to fly overwinter and spend energy on this, but remain in their hatched and lured places.
Waterfowl can and should be fed only in severe frosts (-15 and below degrees) so that they have time to fly away for the winter and there are no temptations to stay. On an ongoing basis, only weakened and crippled birds can be fed.
If you do not feed such birds on an ongoing basis, they are quite capable of obtaining food for themselves in the form of mollusks, in the silt they search for various parts and seeds of plants, small crustaceans.
Unfortunately, not many people know how to properly feed waterfowl so as not to harm. In our city there are not enough signs or signs at wintering places for waterfowl to inform concerned citizens about the correct diet and that by their actions they can harm birds.
How to feed waterfowl in winter
I would like to note those products that can be used in the diet for such birds. The best solution is to use oatmeal with vegetables (boiled and just raw), sprouted cereals (oats, wheat, barley). Soaked and steamed cereals are also suitable. Sometimes you can use compound feed for birds, as well as boiled potatoes.
You can not use white, and especially black bread, as it causes fermentation in the stomach of birds. From such food, the bird may well die due to a deceptive feeling of satiety, the body loses energy and freezes.
In Minsk, there are several organizations that monitor the status of waterfowl in winter - the Public Organization “Akhova ptushak Baskaўshchyny”, the Ministry of Emergencies, the Zhdanovichi Forestry of the Minsk Forestry Enterprise and the Minsk City Committee of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. You can call each organization and ask for help if the birds are in real danger.