Posts Tagged Bird Feeders
I can see this post is going to have more sequels than Rocky. If it’s not enough that rainbow lorikeets are dying in droves around Melbourne because people are feeding them, Blue Cross Aged Care Facilities (http://www.bluecross.com.au/bluecross-tvcs) are running an ad showing an aged gentleman feeding seed to rainbow lorikeets! He seems happy and so are the birds. Why not? With all those sunflower seeds in the mix it’s like being fed a family sized bar of chocolate each day.
Dr. F. Bunny
I have just found out that a large number of rainbow lorikeets have died around the suburbs of Melbourne, over 32 at one site. These deaths were caused by a bacterial infection of the gut which occurs when birds are fed an inappropriate diet. Needless to say many of these birds were found dead near feeders. The bacteria causing these deaths thrive in high sugar environments, which is exactly the sort of thing that people put out in the feeders. I can only repeat my earlier plea that, if you really love and care for the welfare of these birds, then don’t feed them! More information can be found at http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/animal-diseases/vetsource/rainbow-lorikeet-deaths-in-melbourne.
Dr. F. Bunny