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  1. Bonnie Hettinger
    July 25, 2011

    Please help me with this delima. I love birds and feed them seeds and fruit all the time. I now have 4 young grandsons that play in the yard and the bird feeding area is worrysom for them to play around with all the mess and bird droppings. I need to stop feeding for a couple of years but I don’t want to suddenly cut off the food. How do I humanely stop feeding them?
    Thank you

  2. Brian
    April 26, 2012

    Everything sounded good until you wrote about using bacon fat for suet. Although I am just starting out with feeding wild birds, I do know that bacon fat, complete with all the chemicals and salt in it, isn’t good to feed wild birds. You didn’t specify ‘organic’ bacon but unless the bacon is from a slab from a butcher, it would have salt and chemicals in it. Right?

  3. Mary Ilkay
    May 14, 2012

    I am hoping someone will be able to help me with this delima also. I have been feeding wild birds for almost 2 years now. I feed all year long. My neighbours are very angry about the birds droppings and the squirrels digging up their yard. My husband and I have decided to wean the wildlife off feeding but I am not sure how to do so without the birds be impacted.
    This is breaking my heart. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks you

  4. bobbobwhite
    January 11, 2013

    Don’t be concerned about stopping your bird feeding. Birds, and all wild animals, are opportunistic feeders. They have to be to live. Soon they will just go somewhere else. No problem to them. Actually, wild bird feeding has been promoted more to line merchant’s pockets than to truly help wild birds and some of it can do real harm to them. Any real naturalist knows that.

    Try to remember, as humans we tend to feel that birds look at feeding the same way we do. They don’t, so just feed them or not, and don’t feel any guilt if you stop. They will do just fine. without it. You will see fewer birds around if you stop feeding, and that loss may be enough for you to continue feeding them. Wild birds can be very are entertaining as they feed.

  5. jane doe
    April 10, 2013

    Of course there are always 2 sides to every istuation I guess you call it pro and cons.
    Feeding birds causes side problems.
    1. Attracting preditor birds to song bird feeders gives the preditors a smorgusborg feeding.
    2. Unless feeding areas areas are disinfected daily birds and humans can get sick. Feeders several years ago in Florida through the summer was causing a huge die off of song birds from salmonella poisoning.
    3. Squirrel invasion can get pesky.
    4. Changes the natural habits of the birds you are feeding. Migrating bird forget to migrate consequently they are staying in areas they should have migrated away from for the season.
    5. They become dependent on humans and loose their natural instinct to stay away from them. Not all humans like birds
    6. All these issues are true for all speacies from song birds to birds of prey to shore and seabirds.
    7. Fisher people are another area where birds get severely injured.

    I too am a wild bird rehabber for 27 years and I have seen so much human cruelty and accidental injuries toward our beautiful birds because the birds get humanized that is they loose their fear of humans. From being shot to hit by car [delibertly] and golf balls mostly sandhills on golf courses i think I have seen it all and then somethig else happens that I never saw before.

  6. David Leasure
    August 23, 2013

    Need help. I have been feeding wild birds in Colorado for 8 years now. This year I am having a problem with black birds. They come by the dozens and pick at the finches and sparrows to the point of injuring them. I took the feeders down for I am hoping that the little birds will survive on all the flower seeds we have in a large garden. I am hoping for the black birds to go away. Do they migrate? If I don’t see them for a while I will put the feeders back out. It breaks my heart watching the little ones looking for the feeders. But as long as the blackbirds are here they can’t even get to the feeder because they get chased away. Am I doing the right thing? Thank you

  7. pierre
    December 8, 2013

    I am a paramedic in BC oilfields and spend my days feeding birds (in winter), I usually do not spend more than 2 or 3 weeks at the same place. Most of them are blue jay and whiskey jack.
    Is it bad to feed them for a limited period of time in winter. I noticed that they usually gain quite a bit of weight.

    If anybody can help, thanks

  8. Sarah
    February 7, 2014

    Is it okay to feed birds uncooked popcorn?
    I have several pounds of pure un seasoned

  9. Marcella
    March 20, 2014

    Hi, I have been feeding wild birds for about 1 year and a half. I feed sparrows, juncos and mourning doves. The sparrows and juncos eat from a feeder and the mourning doves from the ground. I got very attached to them, I love seeing them and i also love their sounds. The problem is that I am renting a townhouse and I do the feeding in my large deck. My original plan was feeding sparrows only, but mourning doves found me so I started feeding them too, doves are very noisy and dirty birds, their poop is big and they make a very strong noise when they take off or land. My neighbors start complaining, and I don’t want to have a problem with my landlord. We are talking about 8 doves in a deck.,sometimes fighting between them for the food. Unfortunately as much as I love them I had to stop feeding them. I still have the feeder for the sparrows and juncos but I am not feeding the doves anymore. I am very sad, and I really hope that they will be ok. Any comment on this?

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