Are Ice House Hill ducks sick of bread?


Are Ice House Hill ducks sick of bread?
Democrat Reporter

Going to the park to feed the ducks may well be one of great leisure time conventions of the Western world, but are Dundalk's ducks getting sick of bread?

The ducks at the pond in Ice House Hill Park may well be sick to death of the white bread being thrown into them, judging by the amount of the foodstuff left floating in the pond of late.

Indeed it's a busy time of year for the pond, with more visitors taking advantage of the well kept park during the summer months.

A visit to the pond this week by the Democrat showed that the ducks in fact had little interest in the bread being offered to them, and seemed to take no notice of bread floating about in the murky green waters of their home either.

In fact there is agreement among experts, who believe that you should not feed ducks bread - for a number of different reasons.

Local wildlife expert Breffni Martin told the Democrat: "White bread provides some carbohydrates for ducks, but their natural food is invertebrates and green vegetation.

"If fed only bread they do not do well, but if they have access to other food it is a useful supplement. Ducks will eat cut-up vegetables, be they cooked or uncooked."