Frequently Asked Questions
This page contains main or frequent questions that have been discussed among members of LFB.
I am having problems with wild animals digging up my bird's grave, what
can I do to stop this?
Answer from LFB member: Use one of those plastic shoe storage boxes to put the bird in before you bury it and tape it shut with duct tape or packing tape. Also, if you have bloodmeal (which is used in the garden for nutrients), sprinkle some in the box and then in the hole as well. Raccoons, like so many animals, will avoid the smell of blood since it symbolizes death. Problem solved.
Answer from LFB member: If you line the hole with some garden lime before you put the [decased bird] in it, then put a pretty thick coat of the garden lime directly on top of the bird before you fill the hole in with the dirt then the wildlife shouldn't smell the bird. That is what we do when we need to bury pets out here (I live in the country) and we don't want our dogs to dig up what we've buried. They'll even be right there beside us while we bury the animal but won't be able to go back and dig it up because they cannot smell it.
Can non-stick cookware really kill my bird?
Answer from LFB member: Yes it can. PTFE (Poly Tetra Fluoro Ethylene) emits fumes which can kill your bird in seconds. This goes for PTFE found in non-stick irons, toaster ovens, space heaters and many other places around the house where non-stick surfaces are heated. You could be lucky and not heat them above the temperature when these fumes are emitted, but it isn't really worth the risk. Irons and heaters are one of the most dangerous sources of this poisoning because it is easy for them to heat up past the safe temperature.