Little birds are so cute and we know that you want to keep them close, especially if you like to enjoy their lovely colors and hear them singing. There are a lot of people who have built little tree houses for birds with the purpose of offering them a shelter and feeding them during winter. If they get attached to a family, birds tend to come back and consider people from that house their friends. Naturally, a connection is established between the parties and, most of the times, people don’t consider the risks around feeding the birds.
Scientists, however, know how important this connection is for birds. They advise people to continue feeding the birds, but, at the same time, be aware of the risks. Birds could get sick and transmit their affections to people. Also, in order to avoid complications, families who have built houses for birds should always look for signs of sickness.
If you have some winged friends and, while feeding them, you notice that they look a little bit sick, you should stop feeding them. In this way you would stop the possible parasites infection from spreading because the phenomenon happens if a sick bird eats next to healthy birds.
Lately, scientists have discovered that a strange form of bird pox is rapidly spreading among finches, doves and pigeons. This disease can affect the lumps in big birds. On the other hand, common known disease like salmonella are declining.
How can we prevent risks and the infestation from spreading
If you notice anything unusual with the birds from your garden, the first thing you should do is to ask for a vet’s advice. Also, you should withdraw the food, in order to let the birds fly over a wider area and prevent the infections from spreading. A good solution would be to clean the bird feeders and make sure that the bird are fed with moderation. If you follow these steps, but still notice something unusual, report your observation to some responsible authority, like the Garden of Wildlife Health Project.