Adamantine wrote:Chaz wrote:
Some folks say that rice isn't good for the birds. I don't know if that's true or not, but it makes me reluctant to offer used rice to them.
I don't believe this is true... I researched it a couple years ago because
I suddenly got concerned about the birds who were eating all
the dharmapala-offering rice. Rice expands too slowly in
normal (not boiling) temperatures, and plus the birds digestive
enzymes begin breaking it down fairly soon after eating... So the idea
of rice expanding and exploding bird stomachs is something
of an urban legend, from what I can tell..
As an aside, our UK 'National Trust', which preserves buildings and gardens for posterity, has asked that visitors do not feed birds bread. It fills the birds, who find it attractive, but has negligible nutritional value. As a result birds die of malnutrition with full stomachs. Maybe rice has the same effect and is a useless food for birds.