The Dog Feeder And The Birds
By andria perry
May 19, 2017 6:22am CST
About a week ago I bought a dog feeder to train old dogs new tricks. I talked to the dogs and I told them no more bowls and they had to share the food. They still do not know how to open the door to the dog feeder so I have it propped open with a small stick, but they do eat from it. I have so many birds and I used to watch them fly down and get dog food all the time, I never minded, they have to eat too and usually the dogs were already full. Yesterday Tony was helping me outside, I needed a few post holes dug and the grass mowed, he took the holes to dig so I set him a resting chair out back in the dogs area and I went about my own work. I often checked on him and took him something to drink through out the three hours we were working. When the day was done he told me about the bird he watched : He said it was one of the smaller birds with a red head and that the bird would fly down and set in front of the dog feeder, take one morsel out and lay it in the grass and he did this over and over till he had a little pile outside of the dog feeder. Tony said to the bird " little pig get out of here" and he flew off with a mouth full and then it was not long and all his bird friends came by and got food. Tony was amazed at how fast that little bird was emptying the dog feeder. Me? I think its funny. Birds ever do funny things while you watched?
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• Midland, Michigan
I've not had time to watch birds much so I don't know. I did happen to notice a different bird that I've not seen around here before enjoying my redbud tree just yesterday. It may have been a blue jay, but I'm not entirely sure if that's what it was or not. I'm not familiar with what a dog feeder is and why that is easier than a dog bowl? Is it the type where food drops down from the top similar to what cats are given for their dry food? You didn't really get the feeder to train the dogs new things, but they will have to learn new things if they want to eat from the feeder, right? It can mean different things depending on how it's read. I thought you were going to begin training other dogs too at first new tricks just by getting a different type of feeder, lol. Glad Tony was entertained by the birds while he was working, that may have helped the time go by faster if he didn't get too aggravated at them that is.
• United States
I am in and out so much I bought a huge tin bin that I can fill with dog food and it has a door they nudge with their noses to get the food inside, they dont know how to open the door so I propped it with a stick, the birds steal the dogs food. The dog bowl is exposed to the rain and when the dry food gets wet, they wont eat it and it sours leaving a mess, the feeder assures dry food and whenever they are hungry, whether I am home or not.
• Midland, Michigan
@andriaperry My concern would be if it's so readily available would they keep eating even if they're not really hungry? I know that some dogs will do that but maybe your dogs know when to quit before they're overstuffed?