Questions I Am Not Qualified to Answer: Entry #45091

Black-capped chickadee (Photo: MDF via Wikipedia)

After seeing me toss the remains of her bag of freeze-dried fruit on the ground for the birds, The Five-Year-Old reached for a discarded slice of apple.

Mommyo, urgently: “Don’t eat that!”

The Five-Year-Old, curiously: “Why?”

Mommyo, definitively: “You’ll get sick!”

The Five-Year-Old, perplexedly: “But it’s ok for the birds?”

Mommyo, assuredly: “Of course.”

The Five-Year-Old, confoundingly: “Do birds have stronger immune systems than people?”

Anyone have any idea how to answer this? For now, I’m going with different. As in birds are used to eating food off the ground, and the bits of dirt and stuff that ends up on said food, so their bodies are able to handle it. But I — and it must be said, The Five-Year-Old — find that answer a smidge unsatisfactory.


About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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2 Responses to Questions I Am Not Qualified to Answer: Entry #45091

  1. Barbara says:

    This article may give a few answers Also the bird digestive system is very different from ours so the gravel and bits of dirt are handled differently.


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