Overall, experts agree that it is better not to feed wild birds because of the potential harms, however, many people still want to feed birds.
If you are interested in helping wild birds, here are some alternatives to feeding them:
- Consider providing a bird bath with water. A birdbath can be a valuable source of drinking water for birds and a place for birds to bathe. A birdbath should be placed at least 1.5 m off the ground and out in the open so that predators cannot sneak up on unsuspecting birds. It is also important to change the water daily and to keep the bath clean by washing it regularly.
- Consider planting native plants that are food for wild birds. This provides appropriate food sources for native wild birds and avoids many of the problems with giving them other food such as bread, wild birdseed, or meat.
Reproduced courtesy of the SPCA (read the full article here)