Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Are We Killing Birds with Kindness?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Are We Killing Birds with Kindness?

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WE all know we need to keep bird feeders and baths topped up over the winter months to ensure our winged friends weather the storm of winter.

But there are some things we shouldn't be doing, which can risk a bird's health, and in some cases lead to death. Here's the RSPB's advice on what not to do.

1 DON'T PUT OUT FAT BALLS IN NETTING FAT balls may be a great energy source for birds, but not when they're housed in nylon netting, which is often used for easy hanging but can end up trapping birds' feet or beaks, leading to injury or even death. If you buy fat balls, remove them from any nets and put them in a safer, bespoke hanging feeder, or leave them loose.

2 DON'T GIVE THEM FOOD POISONING FOODS to avoid which are dangerous for birds include cooking fat from the roast, or Christmas turkey mixed with meat juices during cooking to make a runny, greasy mixture. …

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