So is this true or is it a myth? Is bread bad for ducks or is there a balance to be found?
Swan Support, which rescues swans, ducks and geese, said many were starving because people had stopped feeding them bread in recent years.
She said flocks of birds had become established in certain areas because of people feeding them and they had become reliant on this food supply.
“It’s absolutely fine to feed bread. Bread has been fed to swans, ducks and geese for hundreds of years,” she said. “However she said people should only throw in as much as the birds ate, so there was no excess bread left behind to decay.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust said bread was “fine for water birds as long as it only forms a small part of their diet”.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said it was fine to feed small amounts of bread to ducks but people should also feed them sweetcorn, porridge oats, peas and bird seed.
“Just like us, birds need a varied diet to stay healthy,” said Tony Whitehead from the charity.
“Although ducks and swans can digest all types of bread, too much can leave them feeling full without giving them all of the important vitamins, minerals and nutrients they need.
“So, although bread isn’t harmful, our advice is to only feed small amounts to birds.”
As with most things in life – balance is essential, all things in moderation, and everything coupled with common sense. So dont forget the ducks this Christmastime.