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GARDEN GATE: Episode 277 – The Importance of a Clean Feeder (Oct 13, 2023)

It’s the time of year when we’re seeing a lot of different birds migrating through the area. Some are heading south from here, some coming from the north to our feeders for winter, or simply passing through. It’s really important to have good quality seed, and to make sure your feeders are clean. Birds don’t like coming to a dirty feeder anymore than you would like to eat off a dirty plate.

Dirty feeders are a sure way to spread diseases! Moldy or decomposing seeds and hulls that accumulate on feeder trays can make birds sick. An accumulation of droppings can also spread infectious diseases so keeping the ground also clear of debris is a good idea.

Feeders should be cleaned at least every two weeks. Use hot water, dish soap, maybe a small amount of diluted bleach if the feeders are very dirty. You can even use your dishwasher. Make sure they are rinsed thoroughly and let them dry completely before refilling. Some feeders are easier to clean than others. Look for one that can open and doesn’t have many parts to remove. Come by the shop and we can show you our favourites!