Can anyone clarify if the wire-cage suet feeders are also a risk right now for transmission  of this disease?  I've read about the danger of seed-tables and ground seed, etc., but I haven't seen anything not about vertical suet-block feeders.

We live in downtown Fredericton and our garden, which has a thick lilac hedge and various trees, is full right now with young cardinals, nuthatches, chipping sparrows, warblers, woodpeckers, and many other types, and they are all investigating our currently empty suet cage. We haven't refilled it since hearing about this disease being in the province, but we normally put a block in that disappears  in a few days as lots of birds--even ones I think of as normally being ground-scratchers--figure out how to get at the suet.

Last summer the young birds astonished us by seeming to find the suet so helpful, so we'd like to keep providing it, but only if it's not a danger to the birds.

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Hi Diana, welcome to BNB. I don't know the answer to your question. If no one replies with an answer then you can go the Atlantic Wildlife Institute webpage. At the bottom of the page is an email address and a phone number. they should be able to help you.

I have heard that the disease spreads anywhere birds congregate together and can pass along germs.

I haven't seen any sick birds in my Quispamsis yard so I am keeping all my feeders (15 of them) up and full including 4 hanging suet.

You may find this link helpful as it includes a link to a map of where reports of the disease have been submitted.  Fredericton is definitely included as a reported illness area.  Of course, this is only where people have seen and reported sick birds and not necessarily where all affected areas are.

http://www.cwhc-rcsf.ca/trichomonosis.php

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