Salmonellosis is apparently very widespread this winter. It has become a
serious problem as far away the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where the disease
has spread to several other species of birds. There the recommendations are
the same as those Kent mentioned in his recent post, BUT ALSO Don't put the
feeders back up for one to two weeks. The fact is birds do just fine without
our supplemental feeding. They are much more likely to die from the
Salmonellosis from feeders than from starvation if there are no feeders.
The full recommedation from National Wildlife Health Center reads:
"Rake up waste seeds/droppings below the feeders. Bird feeders with rough
surfaces, cracks, or crevices are difficult to sanitize and should not be
used. When using feeders, the location should be changed at regular intervals.
Addition of more feeders may reduce crowding and minimize opportunity for
interaction and contamination. Birdseed should be stored in rodent proof
This problem should also be publicized so members of the general public
also take appropriate action. Anyone have a connection to the Burlington Free
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