I know this is way off topic, but i figure some people here must be birders.
I stopped feeding the wild birds (I was going thru 25-50 lbs/week of various kinds) because they are a vector for West Nile and because my chickens clean up all the seeds dropped by the wild birds and one entertaining squirrel.
I really miss watching all the wild birds (and I had lots!) from my windows, but am more concerned about my chickens picking up a disease.My chickens are definately free-range! and the baby grasshoppers are starting.
Is this good sense? precaution or paranoia? West Nile is in our county (dead birds)- and then there's is always the avian flu!!!!!.
)) Silver suz P. S. I do have many sources of natural food resources planted, but not up against my window.