As bird lovers, we know that a clean bird feeder means healthy and happy birds. It doesn’t take much for disease-causing bacteria to take over your bird feeder – anything from wet/moldy bird seed (caused by rain or excessive moisture) to dirty perches can eventually lead to bird illness and mortality. Experts agree that while maintaining clean and sterile feeders requires commitment and persistence, it is a small price to pay in exchange for the enjoyment of healthy, happy birds in our back yard. Here are some tips on how to properly clean and maintain your bird feeders:
Clean and disinfect your hanging bird feeders once every two weeks during the spring and summer seasons. In order to do this, immerse the bird feeder parts into a solution that is one part chlorine bleach to nine parts warm water for approximately five minutes. Use a stiff brush or scouring pad to scrub the heavily soiled areas of the feeder, such as trays or perches. Allow the parts to dry completely before re-assembling and re-hanging the feeder in order to avoid trapping leftover moisture once you fill the feeder again.
Clean up the area below and around the feeder. Keep an eye on discarded or fallen seeds, as well as bird droppings below the feeder. Use a broom or vacuum cleaner to keep the ground below as clean as possible. Doing this on a consistent basis (especially during rainy seasons) allows the ground underneath to dry completely, minimizing the chances of fungus growing in the areas where the birds feed.
Use feeders that are safe for birds. This means staying away from any feeders that have sharp edges or protruding parts. Inspect your feeder for any broken or malfunctioning components, as these can hurt birds. Scratches or cuts (even minor ones) can attract bacteria and viruses, which can lead to infection and even death. If you’re looking for a bird feeder that’s easy to fill and clean, as well as designed with the safety of birds in mind, check out our selection at www.harmonybird.com/product-category/feeders. We offer a wide selection of hanging or post mount style feeders for a variety of species. And while you’re there, feel free to browse and check out our other products and accessories.
We hope that these tips will help you prevent or minimize problems at your bird feeders this summer. Remember that with the joys of birding comes the responsibility of doing it in a way that keeps the bird population healthy and active. If you have any more ideas on how our readers can prevent disease and bacteria out of their back yards, we hope that you’ll share them with us. We look forward to hearing from you!
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