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Old 03-08-2010, 09:28 PM   #1
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Salt in bird baths and leftovers could kill garden birds
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February 2010

Wildlife Extra News - Salt in bird baths and leftovers could kill garden birds
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Salt is toxic to gardens birds. Their bodies are unable to process it, and it affects their nervous systems. Birds become very thirsty and dehydrated when they ingest salt, meaning they would drink more, potentially exacerbating the problem. They would also suffer kidney dysfunction. Some small birds are not much bigger than one of our own kidneys, which we use to process salt, and they will overdose very quickly.

Salty water bad for bird feathers
Although most dangerous when ingested, salty water is not good for birds externally either. It could ...
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:38 PM   #2
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Oh great... I'm a big flinger of leftovers out to the crows, fox and obviously the neighbors dogs.....
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We've all done it... who looked at the sodium content on the bread before pitching it until the salt warnings started showing up? I toss leftovers in my new composter and shovel it in. Before that I was tossing them in my bokashi bucket but my cup over runneth with bokashi.
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:02 AM   #4
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Anything veggie or fruit based goes into the compost bin on the cupboard. The leftovers always go outside for the critters....
I don't put out any sauerkraut or bean dishes though. I know better than that.
I know what it can do to a dogs intestines........Burp burp eerp...
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