An assault on bird feeding

Pricey Editor,

It was not my first alternative to jot down this letter. I’d have most popular to have the ability to deal with the Chook Feeding Drawback throughout the Telemark Village Affiliation internally.  However, generally you need to take a stand on one thing you consider is actually unfair and unjust.

My husband and I’ve been residing at Telemark Village for over 25 years. We expect it’s the finest apartment improvement in Killington.

I’ve been feeding the birds and squirrels for years. Feeding stops promptly on April 1 or once I obtain discover the bears have come out of hibernation.

My feeding the wildlife grew to become a problem a couple of years in the past when the unit on the finish of our constructing bought mice. The unit D4 is over 25 toes from mine. I provided to pay for an exterminator however the proprietor refused and took the problem to our affiliation board. The president of the board is finest associates with the D4 unit proprietor. As a substitute of telling him to work it with the unit homeowners in our constructing he introduced the problem the affiliation and created the next rule for feeding birds within the winter.

Rule 16 gives that: “Throughout winter months (November- March), an proprietor might set up and preserve a hen feeder on Telemark property. Nevertheless, such hen feeders will not be positioned nearer than 25 toes from any constructing. Any proprietor putting in a hen feeder should notify the Affiliation, in writing, of the intent to take action and specify the situation of the feeder. It’s the proprietor’s accountability to maintain the hen feeder clear by performing weekly or bi-weekly upkeep. Such upkeep should embrace cleansing with a ten% non-chlorinated bleach and raking the bottom beneath the feeder to eradicate seed waste which attracts mice and different small rodents.”

The rule is unreasonable. There was no method you can comply with that rule within the winter. Plus a dangling hen feeder would entice extra wildlife together with turkeys.

I did quite a lot of analysis on one of the best ways to feed the wildlife with out attracting mice. I labored with two wildlife meals firms and we decided that I cease utilizing a standard hen feeder and use suet merchandise on a platform to forestall something falling to the bottom.

The affiliation was taking a tree down behind my deck. The stump that was left was the proper peak for me to make use of as a platform feeder and it was roughly 20 toes from the constructing. Guess what they did? They took it down.

So, this winter being unable to comply with the rule, I took their recommendation and created a winter feeding station for the birds and squirrels on my desk utilizing a wide range of suet merchandise. It has been successful.

Nevertheless the board remains to be threatening me with authorized motion if I don’t stop and desist. Under you will discover my letter and proposal to the board.

To the board, Feb. 19, 2021

I’m penning this letter to the board with the hope that after studying this we can come to an amicable settlement.

I’ve learn the Rule on Chook Feeders fastidiously. Because the rule is at present written, I’ve not put in a feeder.  Relating to the 25 ft distance. The rule you wrote will need to have come from an internet site that was referring to feeding birds in the summertime.  It could be subsequent to not possible to comply with the prevailing rule within the winter given the quantity of snow on the bottom and the truth that there isn’t a technique to rake up the seed that has fallen or clear the feeder.

In regards to the mice. That is Vermont and we dwell within the woods. Individuals have mice with out feeding the birds in the summertime in addition to the winter. In actual fact there are a selection of models at Telemark which have mice that don’t have feeders. We now have been feeding the birds and squirrels for a really very long time.  It was by no means our intention to trigger any issues.

This season I’ve been in contact with plenty of wildlife feeding firms. They manufacture a wide range of seed and suet merchandise for each birds and a wide range of wildlife. I defined my state of affairs to them and mentioned the very best methods for me to feed the wildlife with out attracting mice. We got here to the conclusion that suet merchandise could be my finest guess.

I despatched them photos of how I created a wildlife feeding station on my desk utilizing their suet merchandise. They had been enthusiastic about my method and the success I’m having in not attracting mice.

After studying plenty of articles I’ve realized that when you begin feeding the birds in the course of the winter months it is very important proceed as a result of they turn into depending on the meals provide.

Quote from a product, “Suet stays the place you place it. It’s far more environment friendly than seed as a result of it doesn’t fall to the bottom . It sticks to its type till a hungry hen or squirrel pecks some off to eat. With regard to the cleansing of the feeder. Since my wildlife station doesn’t use a dangling feeder and the truth that I’m utilizing suet negates needing to scrub.

The space between my unit and D4 is greater than 25 toes. There’s little or no likelihood that my feeding the wildlife is inflicting them to get mice. We now have no mice and my direct neighbor has reported no mice.   Because the exterminator mentioned in his report….the wooden stacked on the entrance porch attracts extra mice than my feeder.

Within the Declaration from 1995 and once more within the newest amended guidelines #11.4. Reasonableness Check. Each rule have to be cheap. I believe the prevailing rule as written is unreasonable for the winter months. Attempt trekking 25 toes into the snow to fill a dangling feeder, clear it and rake up the fallen seed.

As for the elimination of my desk. The rule states furnishings. My interpretation of furnishings does embrace tables, but it surely additionally consists of chairs, lounges and settees. I perceive that having a deck stuffed with furnishings could be horrible for the winter months. Nevertheless I’ve a small mild desk that’s simply moved. In 23 years of residing right here I’ve by no means been requested to take away my desk.

I invite you to stroll over to my deck and see for your self earlier than you move judgement.

I suggest that the Board grandfather my desk and feeding station. I’ll present Unit D4 with a Sonix-Rodent deterrent, or exterminator or no matter it would take to rid him of mice. This spring after the snow melts have North Nation verify for holes that the mice is likely to be getting by means of. Thanks upfront on your consideration.

Susan and Gerry Leiber

Their response:

We had been discovered to be in violation of each guidelines and given til April 1 to take away my feeding station. Additionally, that we pay all their authorized charges. To date the quantity is $2,381. Additionally they plan on placing a lien on our property. If I proceed to feed the birds subsequent 12 months with out following the foundations we shall be fined $10 a day.

I wrote this letter to the neighborhood the place now we have spent our winters for over 30 years as a result of I wished your opinions. I’m not positive how I wish to transfer ahead with this. My e mail handle is [email protected] I welcome your feedback.

Susan Leiber

Telemark Village, Killington

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