Feeding Birds FAQs What should I do if I find a baby bird? Can a bird’s feet stick to metal perches? Can birds choke on peanut butter? If birds eat uncooked rice, can it swell up in their throats and stomachs and kill them? What should I do if I find a sick or injured bird? I have a bird with a tick attached to it. Will the tick hurt the bird? What should I do if I find a dead bird? How do I clean my feeders in winter? Do harmful pathogens survive on feeders in winter? Does the use of tube-feeders contribute to the spread of House Finch eye disease and other diseases? How can I stop Blue Jays from chipping the paint off of my house? How can I stop woodpeckers from pounding on my house? My feeders are attracting rats. What can I do? There’s a flock of American Robins in my yard; don’t these birds migrate south for the winter? What is an irruption? What are the costs and benefits of bird feeding? Do bird feeders spread disease? Can birds become dependent on bird feeders? Will feeding birds in late summer stop their migration? Where did all the birds go?