Your wild bird feeders can harbor bacteria, mold and other disease causing germs that can devastate wild birds. Being a responsible enthusiast requires some routine maintenance.
• Cleaning and Disinfecting Feeders: Your feeders will need to be cleaned regularly. Feeders can be sanitized with a solution of one part household bleach to nine parts of hot water. Unscented dish detergent can also be used. Feeders should be cleaned inside and out, including feeding ports,
perches, lids, platforms, water receptacles, hooks and poles. Any place feces can collect should be cleaned as well. Having a large firm brush, such as a bottle brush, will aid in cleaning heavy debris. Using a small firm brush for cleaning small feeding ports and tight corners will be helpful as well. Be sure to rinse the cleaned parts thoroughly for at least 10 seconds to ensure any chemical residue is removed. All parts should completely dry to prevent mold and mildew.
• Environmental Maintenance: It is essential to clean the entire area around the feeders. Enthusiastic and hungry birds spill seed several feet around the feeders. Remove old or damp seed from under all feeders. Remove rotten fruit from trees where birds feed and replace mulch under the feeders.
Clean feeders and feeding areas attract birds and provide a healthy environment for your feathered friends to enjoy!