• It will be tricky if your neighbor is not on board. If you have access to a decent animal feed store Ark cleanse is a useful product for sterilizing feeders, also rake up the ground around the areas where the feeders were. Are you able to print out material about it to get your neighbors to maybe understand about it a bit more.

    As awful as it seems, yes you are doing the right thing. Hopefully there will be a warm, dry spell and this will assist in stopping it in its tracks. You won’t really be able to stop the birds accessing the pond but hopefully as it’s a larger body of water than a bird bath it won’t cause a problem

    So sorry you have had this experience

    Cin J

  • In addition to Cin's comments, I think a month is the minimum recommended time for not feeding.
  • I’m having the same problem stopped everything the birds didn’t disperse 8. 1/2 wks later just starting feeding again as birds are nesting but have seen 2 sick birds feeding at neighbours have said and shown them evidence and that they have to clean regularly don’t want to know so do I feed or not I haven’t seen any in my garden yet but only matter of time My garden is about an acre so distant from neighbours
  • In reply to Jakeg:

    Thank you. That's really useful. I'm torn with what to do. We have 1/2 acre ish garden and several birds nesting. The blue tits are desperate - yesterday, one was calling and calling from the top of the tree they are nesting in to be fed. She did it until nearly dark. It was awful to hear. There is an obviously sickly sparrow close to the house and I've seen a fluffy chaffinch again. In a garden of this size, that's not a lot of infected birds. I understand the advice to stop feeding in a garden with less habitat to offer, but here we have a huge area for them. Surely the healthy birds that are nesting will suffer and lose their opportunity to breed this year. Blue tits only raise one brood a year. Surely theres and argument that more birds would suffer or die by not feeding them! They are not dispersing anyway and would just go to my neighbour and spread it there! There must be a balance here somewhere. It's not as clear cut as the blanket advice to stop feeding. Sprinkling seed on the ground over such a huge area of garden would see the birds feeding over a huge area. This must carry less risk than starving several nesting birds and their broods?

    Thank you for your input. It's good to just to get info from an actual person and not just a fact sheet.
  • I didn’t think it’s deemed inappropriate I stopped feeding and water 8 1/2 weeks ago which was very hard as the birds didn’t disperse as I was told they would I began feeding 3 days ago as I saw no sick birds which I was told to do I have know been around to my neighbours a couple of days ago which is a few miles away who has dirty feeders and water and a few sick birds. So I’m concerned that I might get some of those birds again I’m sure you have an negative opinion to write about as you seem to I Won’t ask anything again I will go where people speak kindly to each other and not judge people who are trying to learn 

  • Hello Linda,

    I just read your post and was wondering what you decided at the end ? How are things now? I have roughly the same issue. I have removed all of my feeders but my neighbors feed them on both side so it seems a bit useless !

  • I was able to catch one of the greenfinch which I thought was sick. I brought it to the vet who contacted a wildlife center and they have monitored it and apparently it's a fledging ! So they look very flufffy and also don't eat properly and are quite lethargic. It is very confusing.
  • Yes is can be, even mentioned somewhere they can have late brood as robin or blackbirds as I said before. It has been seen by 2 different vets and they got in touch with the BTO. So you say they are all wrong?
  • I explained to the other thread ! The vets were very nice. 2 because it's a big clinic with lots of staffs and it stayed there for a couple of hours, they monitored it.