Do not feed moldy bread to birds. Mold can cause serious health problems for birds if consumed. However, mold isn’t the only issue. Bread does not provide any nutritional value to birds, and large chunks can block their digestive tracts.
What You'll Learn
Bird owners don’t realize that birds cannot always eat the same food that humans eat. Chocolate, caffeine, and avocados, for example, are all toxic to birds.
Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine. Substances like these can cause a rise in the birds’ heart rate, vomiting, and diarrhea. It will increase the bird’s hyperactivity and cause tremors and seizures. These substances can even kill your bird. The same goes for dogs and cats.
Birds can not consume avocado because it contains persin, a fatty acidic substance that kills plant fungus. When birds eat this, it can cause heart damage, respiratory failure, weakness, and even death.
Two Major Issues With Bread
Bread Offers Very Little Nutritional Value
Children love to feed wild birds that fly around the neighborhood. Perhaps you have made a bird nest for your children. You may have fed seagulls at the beach. Maybe you even threw leftover bread on the ground to feed the birds. Such practices not only harm birds but also do little to benefit them.
Bread is simply unhealthy for birds. The reason is that it has too much salt and no real protein or nutrition. When birds eat bread, it will discourage them from seeking other food sources.
Consequently, they will be deficient in protein and nutrition, which will result in growth and malnutrition problems. The problem could worsen if the food source stops, causing the birds to have no alternative food when they once depended on it.
We know bread is a popular food for birds, but those who love feeding birds should find alternative food. For example, feeding birds grated cheese, breakfast cereal, or biscuits pieces are all choices that offer a better nutrition value.
Mold is Terrible For a Birds Health
Mold can also quickly grow on bread, which is a major problem. Even if you put non-moldy bread out for birds, there might already be mold on it by the time they get to it. If birds eat the moldy bread, not only will they have trouble digesting it, but they can also develop aspergillosis disease and fungal infections.
Aspergillosis disease has pretty obvious symptoms in humans, such as a fever, shortness of breath, headaches, and dizziness. However, the symptoms aren’t as obvious with birds. The bird may become lethargic, lose some weight, or its tail might start bobbing.
Treating aspergillosis can be difficult, so the old saying “prevention is the best medicine” holds true in this case.
Giving your bird a variety of foods to maintain a healthy diet is a good way to develop your bird’s immune system. As a result, your bird will be able to combat an illness like a fungal infection more easily, which will prevent disastrous consequences from occurring.
Aspergillosis is a very difficult disease to treat in birds. It will include oral, intravenous, topical, and aerosolized antifungal medications. In addition, surgery may be necessary to remove the fungus.
Why Does Mold Develop So Quickly on Bread?
Mold is formed from a cluster of spores. Spores are found anywhere moisture and organic matter are. It is never wise to eat mold or feed it to birds, as it will likely cause vomiting, nausea, and indigestion.
Bread is full of sugar and carbohydrates, which boosts the molding process. Mold will appear if you leave bread out for five to seven days.
If you see moldy bread, throw it out. If you still want to save the bread, cutting off the moldy part is an obvious suggestion. Ensure that nobody, bird, animal, or human, eats the mold.
How To Improve Health of Birds
Ensure that your bird maintains good hygiene. This means giving them a birdbath, food, water, and grooming. Also, make sure the bird is happy and entertained. This will contribute to the health of your bird, which will reflect on their ability to build up immunity to illnesses like fungal infections that come from mold consumption.
How to Make Bird Cages Mold Free
Most bird owners will put a water bowl in their bird’s cage. This might present a mold hazard as the water can spill from the water bowl to the cage bars or food, causing mold to build up from the moisture.
To maintain a healthy bird and a clean cage, try using a water bottle instead of a water bowl. This will prevent extra water from spilling.
You can also keep mold out by picking up bird droppings and cleaning the cage weekly. Also, make sure the birdcage is in a properly ventilated room.
When all these steps are properly followed, you can rest assured that your bird will remain healthy and their cage will be mold-free.
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I am Bryan Powell and I own BirdHour.com. I love bird watching; in fact, I have a parakeet of my own. I enjoy spending time outdoors and observing the natural world around me. This website is a means of sharing my passion for birds with others who may be interested in this activity.