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  It is my understanding that salmonella is spread from droppings under the
feeders during wet weather.  Old hulls and seeds should be shoveled off the
ground and discarded.  Fresh dirt should be scattered beneath the feeders
and feeders should be cleaned, of course.  I try to relocate my feeders to a
different part of the yard every three weeks, too.
  I ,too,have read that a person should stop feeding completely if birds are
ill.  I don't know what the time period would be for waiting.  It probably
depends on the weather.  I usually bring all feeders inside during rain.
Feeding in damp conditions isn't worth the risk of infecting birds.
  Tommie Rogers
  Mound City, MO


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: "Charlene and Jim Malone" <[log in to unmask]>
  Subject: Re: Dead Purple Finch/feeder questions


  > I am assuming when a sick bird is found at a feeder, that when one needs
to
  > take the feeders in to be cleaned, one needs to dump any residual seed
in
  > the trash and not put this back in the clean feeders......Is this
correct?
  >
  > If one has a sick bird, is there a "waiting period" to when one can put
back
  > the newly cleaned & filled feeders?
  >
  > Thanks for the info.
  >
  > Charlene Malone
  > St. Louis co.
  >

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