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Bird feeders and hungry dogs...

Hello everyone,
We just moved and put up a bird feeder in the backyard. "Then" I read that it may cause some problems with the dogs eating old fallen (moldy) food or samonella (sp) laced bird poop. Our last house all the feeders were outside the fenced yard so I never even worried about it, now I do.
Does anyone feed the birds in the same area the dogs play? Any problems with this?
Thanks much.
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the warnings you heard about are probably right. I love birds but I wouldn't want a bird feeder because not only do the birds come there but so do other critters. The fewer critters in my back yard ,the better, is the way I look at it. Skunks ,raccoons can be real trouble. Right up to hawks and eagles foxes, coyotes. looking for chipmunks. One thing leads to another.

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Well I'm rethinking the placement of the feeder now. I truly wish I had read up on this before I got THE prettiest feeding pole out there It may have to go to the side of the house and out of the fenced area. I'll wait and see if there is any more input here. I dearly love the birds but hate the thought of them getting sick from it all.
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I have never had a problem and I back up to a lot of woods too. We have two feeders on poles and quite a few nesting boxes in the back yard. My husband really enjoys the birds so we have always had different feeders placed in different areas and there is always a bird book by that area too. I guess I don't read warnings or my husband doesn't let me cause he doesnt want the birds to go!

I am not trying to jinx myself but the yard is fenced in (maltese proof) so I think for the most part larger critters stay out. We get them outside the fence but we have never gotten them in. With the mold part, I don't have poo eats-thank goodness in many ways! We mow around the area at least weekly as well so I would imagine that helps.

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I have a feeder that has been back and forth. Lately when I put it out the squirrels find it and spill the contents and then I take it down.. I've never had sick dogs from it. The thing they will do is try and eat up the spilled seed and then their poo has undigested bird seed in it. So far as eating bird poo, they will find it on the sidewalk and lick it up anyways when they want to.
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oops I almost forgot to mention...because I like birds too we also have a bird bath and two of them will drink from it..*sigh You can't stop dogs from being dogs.
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We had a feeder and I loved it but the squirrels ate and spilled most of the seed so we took it down. The dogs loved it and, same as Christy, we'd see it in their poo. Never made anybody sick though.

We had a suet block that was hanging and it drove the dogs nuts! We didn't know that suet was some sort of animal fat so we moved it so it hung outside the fence. Scooter would just stand there and whine so we took that down too.

I keep meaning to look for a feeder that the squirrels can't get into so we can put one up again but just haven't done it. Does anyone have any recommendations? We love to sit on the porch and watch the birds.

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I keep meaning to look for a feeder that the squirrels can't get into so we can put one up again but just haven't done it. Does anyone have any recommendations? We love to sit on the porch and watch the birds.
No sure that has really been invented. Mom gave me one of the big ugly green ones that was guaranteed squirrel proof. Our squirrels didn’t know that, learned to hang upside down and they teamed up to get the seeds.

I’m only copying and pasting part of the following as I do not want to get into a political debate.

Maxine’s Birdfeeder

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it is, as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table… Everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.

And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn’t even sit on my own back porch anymore! So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be… Quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

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Maxine’s Birdfeeder

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it is, as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table… Everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.

And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn’t even sit on my own back porch anymore! So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be… Quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.
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