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Jude's avatar

I have a bird feeder that has a bit of rust (see photos inside); is it going to hurt the birds?

Asked by Jude (32112points) May 26th, 2011

Quite a bit less rust than this photo. I am doing my best to get some of it off. Will it hurt the birds? Should I just toss it?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

I don’t think it will hurt the birds. You could always paint over it with a nontoxic paint to be sure. The paint won’t eliminate the rust, but if you sand it with some steel wool first it will protect the birds from the rust.

crisw's avatar

Rust is not poisonous; the birds will just get a bit of iron in their diets :>)

On the other hand, some antirust pains are highly toxic.

WasCy's avatar

Birds eat dirt. Iron oxide won’t hurt them a bit. I’m with @crisw: leave the rust alone or replace the feeder upsets your sensibilities; it certainly won’t offend the birds.

Jude's avatar

I cleaned it up and put it out. Thanks!

WasCy's avatar

Put it out?

How do you insult a bird feeder, anyway?

You dirty, dirty bird feeder, all filled with slime and rust. You should be ashamed of yourself. I don’t know… maybe if I were a bird feeder I’d be put out by that… but I don’t think so. Must be a thin-skinned bird feeder. You can apologize tomorrow, I suppose.

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