Polk County Conservation

Birds and Wedding Rice

  • Isn’t it true that rice thrown at weddings is dangerous to birds if they eat it?

    This is a myth! You may have heard that if birds eat rice it will swell up in their stomach causing them to die or explode. Let me repeat, this is false! Rice will not harm birds. Many wild birds like ducks and geese routinely eat wild rice with no harm. Uncooked milled rice is no more harmful to birds than wild rice in the field. Eating rice is no different than birds eating grain like millet or wheat. Birds do not have trouble digesting rice as they have powerful muscles and grit in their stomachs to grind it up. Some wedding planners say the main reason for not using rice is because there is a risk of people slipping on it and falling.

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    Administration Office
    11407 NW Jester Park Drive
    Granger, IA 50109

    P: (515) 323-5300
    F: (515) 323-5354
    pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

    Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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