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Steve, the bacteria is Salmonella which can be gotten from bird droppings around feeders.  Cleaning the feeders with a weak solution of chlorine and sweeping spilled seed off the ground should prevent Salmonella.   Maybe you should take a freshly dead bird to a lab for tests. 
                    Tommie Rogers
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Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 7:53 PM
Subject: Dead House Finches

Over the last six weeks, I have found five dead house finches in my yard.  Until this, I never had a dead bird except a dove from a window strike.  I am aware of a disease (sorry, I can't remember the name) that  birds can pick up from feeders, but the last two were found at least two weeks after I took the feeders down.  I did not see any crustacean around the eyes on the bodies.  Could this be West Nile related?  Would it be advisable to continue to keep the feeders down?  They have been of course cleaned.
 
Thanks,
Steve Griffaw  
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