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Old 04-15-2022, 05:22 PM
 
Location: King County, WA
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Apparently the medical community is advising us to take down our bird feeders:

Take Down Your Bird Feeders to Reduce Spread of Bird Flu: Experts

Kind of a bummer, but okay. I usually only stock mine during the winter months anyway.
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Old 04-16-2022, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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I've been thinking about this lately as I've been reading about the bird flu. I think I'll let the seed I have in my feeders now get used up, then leave them empty for a while.
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Old Yesterday, 07:44 AM
 
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Default Why experts say you should immediately stop filling birdfeeders

avian influenza. it's in at least 27 states now.

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Experts are issuing unusual advice – quit filling your bird feeders.

The reason, according to Dr. Victoria Hall with the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, is an “unprecedented outbreak” of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, strain H5N1 in wild birds.

“In areas with HPAI transmission in any avian species, consider pausing the use of bird feeders and baths for the next couple of months until the rate of virus transmission in wild birds dramatically decreases,” Hall said. “Not only will this action help to protect those beautiful feathered creatures that visit your yard, but will also help all wild bird species that are already having it hard this spring because of HPAI.”
https://www.al.com/news/2022/04/why-...rdfeeders.html

daily running totals for wild bird positives here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/our...pai-wild-birds
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Old Yesterday, 10:04 AM
 
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Feeding wildlife rarely has a positive effect on anything but feelings of self-gratification.
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Old Yesterday, 10:46 AM
 
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I feel like I'm having a brain block...

Sincerely asking...how is ME not filling a bird feeder going to stop the spread? It doesn't stop birds from coming in my yard, or building nests and so forth. I guess I could see the point if it keeps birds from congregating...but many of the birds I see in MY yard and neighbors yards congregate without bird feeders already.

I guess I'm not seeing how my actions make a difference one way or another. Wild birds don't seem to succumb, most of the time, to the disease. It's pretty much all domestic birds that are susseptible to dying from the disease. So yeah, if you keep chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese...take precautions. But I don't understand, regarding the wild birds.
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Old Yesterday, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Maine
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And sometimes has negative effects as harsh as death. My husband stopped to help a man who had a turkey smashed in the windshield this morning. Someone feeds them corn to keep them around. There's one less crossing the road now.
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Feeding wildlife rarely has a positive effect on anything but feelings of self-gratification.
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Old Yesterday, 12:02 PM
 
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Well, I've read articles ASKING people to stock bird feeders, in previous years because migratory song birds weren't getting enough food from their usual sources, do to cleared fields and forests, etc. So...I'll keep doing what I'm doing until someone can tell me why NOT filling bird feeders is bad. And this article isn't making it clear to me why I should stop.
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Old Yesterday, 12:42 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Then Spread the Bird seed on the ground!

Like not letting your cats eat out of the same bowl. Thats how Feline leukemia virus spreads!
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Old Yesterday, 01:25 PM
 
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I feel like I'm having a brain block...

Sincerely asking...how is ME not filling a bird feeder going to stop the spread? It doesn't stop birds from coming in my yard, or building nests and so forth. I guess I could see the point if it keeps birds from congregating...but many of the birds I see in MY yard and neighbors yards congregate without bird feeders already.

I guess I'm not seeing how my actions make a difference one way or another. Wild birds don't seem to succumb, most of the time, to the disease. It's pretty much all domestic birds that are susseptible to dying from the disease. So yeah, if you keep chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese...take precautions. But I don't understand, regarding the wild birds.
shared feeders serve as a source of inoculum:

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Infected birds can shed the virus through their saliva and feces, leaving shared surfaces contaminated for other birds to pickup and further spread the virus.
https://www.mlive.com/public-interes...-flu-rise.html

OTOH, i've read other other sources claiming songbirds aren't a greatly affected as waterfowl and predatory birds like owls, eagles, etc.
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Old Yesterday, 02:32 PM
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shared feeders serve as a source of inoculum:

https://www.mlive.com/public-interes...-flu-rise.html

OTOH, i've read other other sources claiming songbirds aren't a greatly affected as waterfowl and predatory birds like owls, eagles, etc.
The songbirds that are infected can spread it around. There is a huge risk to commercial poultry flocks. This virus is so contagious that if even one bird is confirmed to have it, the whole flock has to be destroyed. It's already spread to >31 states, and is hitting poultry flocks in the midwest very hard. 22M birds have already had to be euthanized. When this happened in 2015, it cost the country half a billion dollars.

Why risk another disruption to our food supply chain if not filling your feeders may help?
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