Feeding wild birds

To: Penny Brockman <>
Subject: Feeding wild birds
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:19:10 +0000
Regarding the spread of disease via bird baths, we have birds that come and 
hang upside down drinking from a very slow drip from a garden tap (about a drip 
per minute). Could disease be spread that way?

Regarding leaving pet food outside, I suspect that's a major food source for 
mynas in some places, and foxes too.

Peter Shute

On 2 Feb 2016, at 8:25 PM, Penny Brockman <> wrote:
> The other factors are transmission of disease, as detailed concisely by
> Simon Robinson.  How many times a week do you clean your feeders?  I
> know quite a few people who seldom or never do.   I have bird baths
> which I scrub out when they get grotty but I don't use disinfectants, so
> I am also guilty.  Reason is I don't want to pour this disinfectant rich
> water into the surrounding soil.

> Remember that bread is very bad for some species, and particularly so
> for kangaroos (not birds !), and never leave your dog or cat food in the
> open, on the kitchen back steps, where birds like mynas eat it.

<BR> Birding-Aus mailing list
<BR> To change settings or unsubscribe visit:

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU