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Birds, Bird Food and Dogs - do they mix?

Before getting my two little furbabies, I had tons of birds, many different kinds because I had several feeders up. I was the crazy bird lady in the neighboorhood and would feed and watch my birds all the time.

Since getting Lucy last Fall, I have not fed my birds and I covered the pond this last winter to discourage the birds from gathering at the ol' watering hole.

I am missing my birds though. I can hear them but I cannot see them. Is it safe for my puppies (who seem to put everything in their mouths) to be around birds and their spilled food/shells? i feed sunflower, thistle, and safflower seeds and peanuts, and then of course have the suiet and hummingbird foods too.

Thoughts? Experiences? Can I have the best of both worlds or do I need to limit my love to the furry puppies?
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Before getting my two little furbabies, I had tons of birds, many different kinds because I had several feeders up. I was the crazy bird lady in the neighboorhood and would feed and watch my birds all the time.

Since getting Lucy last Fall, I have not fed my birds and I covered the pond this last winter to discourage the birds from gathering at the ol' watering hole.

I am missing my birds though. I can hear them but I cannot see them. Is it safe for my puppies (who seem to put everything in their mouths) to be around birds and their spilled food/shells? i feed sunflower, thistle, and safflower seeds and peanuts, and then of course have the suiet and hummingbird foods too.

Thoughts? Experiences? Can I have the best of both worlds or do I need to limit my love to the furry puppies?
I would check and see what diseases birds carry that can be transmitted to your Hav. I think the lepto is one that birds can carry. I may be wrong however so check with your vet. L.

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I'm a birder too. I use mostly thistle, black oil sunflower seeds and white millet . . .along with homemade hummingbird food in the summer. None of these things are toxic to our dogs, but I'm always cautious about keeping the area under my feeding station swept and sprayed off to avoid investing the droppings, especially with so many reports of bird flu in other countries right now (no reports in the US yet).




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I used to have a schnauzer that ate the bird food all the time. Rosie eats the chicken food. Rosie really has stopped though. Guess she realized that they were no getting anything special. But the little schnauzer always ate bird seed.

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Thanks for the responses. I think I'll put some food out this morning. I do have two more questions but want to apologize first for going off topic... How do you keep the ground clean so the seeds don't sprout and the dogs don't get them? What surface do you have under your feeding station? I have wild bird ltd stations with trays under feeders and they're in mulched area.
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Whatever you do, don't put it in the mulched area. Well you can, but you will have to use round-up or something similar to keep the seeds from taking over as they sprout. I put mine on the concrete areas. Between the birds and my chickens very few seeds ever get off the concrete or patio areas. Actually depending on what you are feeding, I find that most of the birds I feed prefer to eat off the ground or on a level surface. Only the little ones actually use the feeders. I feed a lot of mourning doves and they pick up all the seeds on the ground. Red birds and Jays also. The little blue birds and wrens use the feeders. I have never bought a mix with thistle seeds in it. They are a noxious weed and can take over a pasture or other area that is not mown regularly.

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