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  • Is it bad to feed song birds during the summer months?

    Everything is green, insects are everywhere and there is plenty of natural food out there?
    Winter months the little feathered friends can use some feed.
    Check out this cool close up feeder video I found online.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IURqYTQbko

  • #2
    I don't think it ever hurts to feed the birds. There is so much reward in watching them, it's hard to stop.

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    • #3
      We had to stop using Bird feeders on the side of the screened in porch we have bear problems they try to eat the bird seeds and they broke in the New screen in porch looking for food. We no longer live in Dog patch(Holopaw) We Sold every thing and moved to our 100 acre farm/et in Green Cove Springs Fl.
      Podunk USA.

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      • #4
        As long as you keep the feeders clean (mold and mildew can be a problem in the warmer and more humid months, depending on where you live), it's not a problem at all.

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        • #5
          I would worry that congregating different bird species would also congregate parasites and diseases, making them much easier to catch and transmit. Might make it easier for the feral and loose house kitties to set up a massacre. Possible snake hangout too, if the birds sleep close by in the shrubs. I think summer dispersal is important for all wild creatures.

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          • #6
            I think winter feeding of birds often times is a neccessity due to deep snow and extreme cold tempretures. However, during summer months it is not needed, but with that being said it is needed more for the persons feeding the birds in as much as it brings great delight in doing so. There is something tranguil in watching birds at a feeder, their peaceful manner and their ability to bring a relaxing mood. I see no harm in feeding
            birds at any time, but I know bird experts dicourage it !

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Treestand View Post
              We had to stop using Bird feeders on the side of the screened in porch we have bear problems they try to eat the bird seeds and they broke in the New screen in porch looking for food. We no longer live in Dog patch(Holopaw) We Sold every thing and moved to our 100 acre farm/et in Green Cove Springs Fl.
              Podunk USA.
              The Bears can't reach my bird feeders. I see more turkeys coming in for the Bird feed that drops from the ground.
              My wife thinks bird feeders will attract mice and ants.

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              • #8
                I do it for me. The reservoir above me claims they get several hundred bird species through there. Since putting a feeder within easy viewing distance from a large window I believe it. It's worth it just to see the youngest, who is far from bookish, flipping through a bird guide to identify the latest. There is also the amusement of watching them come up with interim names until they find something. I refused to I'D the pretty common and homely Brown headed cowbird for them until they found it because hearing them say "It's another black ginger" was too good to stop.

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                • #9
                  JC, I have Bird feeders by two of my windows and our two house cats are entertain by all the incoming action.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
                    JC, I have Bird feeders by two of my windows and our two house cats are entertain by all the incoming action.
                    In most cases our windows are up, but this day it started to drizzle. The window screen separates the two on nice days.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
                      JC, I have Bird feeders by two of my windows and our two house cats are entertain by all the incoming action.
                      It's good to see that your cats are on the job. Mine always seem to busy contemplating string theory to pay attention to the birds.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gary Devine View Post
                        JC, I have Bird feeders by two of my windows and our two house cats are entertain by all the incoming action.
                        Gary. I've tried to respond 3 times. I call uncle.

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                        • #13
                          I thought people fed the birds all year round? What's bad about it? Making 'em too soft?

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