What to do and what not to do
The best advice is always not to feed wild animals. Wildlife can easily become dependent on the feeding and an inappropriate diet can cause serious disease and even lead to death. Only people or businesses with a permit to feed wildlife responsibly should do so.
Feeding Meat – don’t do it
No bird should ever be fed red meat alone. Red meat will bind up and prevent the absorption of calcium from the intestines, causing bone disease in growing birds. Currumbin Wildlife Hospital often admits young birds with severe bone deformities as a result of their parents being fed red meat.
Insectivorous birds such as Kookaburras, magpies, crows etc can be fed a diet of Wombaroo insectivore food rolled into small rissoles.
Seed eaters – don’t feed the fatty seeds
Much of the seed available commercially is very high in fat and can cause severe liver disease in birds. Sunflower and safflower seeds are similar to leaving a tub of margarine out for the birds to eat.
Seed eating birds should only be offered white French millet seeds (these are often available from produce stores)
The truth about bread
Bread is like junk food to all wildlife, NEVER FEED WILDLIFE ANY BREAD.
Providing a water station for birds to drink or bathe in is a great way to attract birds to your garden. Please be aware that water that is not cleaned daily can easily spread disease. Always clean your water bowl and replace the water daily. Currumbin Wildlife Hospital regularly treats outbreaks of a water borne disease, Trichomoniasis, that are often traced back to dirty water stations.