Keep Your Backyard Birds Healthy & Happy
During rainy season, it is especially important to be diligent about keeping your bird feeders and seed mix clean and dry. Birds visiting a poorly maintained feeder, with old and/or wet seed, could be susceptible to diseases such as Salmonellosis, Aspergillosis, Avian Pox, Trichomonias and Mycopalmosis. These diseases can cause blindness, respiratory illness, mouth lesions and general poor health which can result in starvation or make the birds more vulnerable to predators. In addition, sick birds spread the diseases to other birds and areas.
How to keep your backyard birds healthy and happy:
- First, keep yourself healthy – wear rubber gloves when cleaning the feeders. Wearing a face mask is a good idea, too.
- Throw out the old seed.
- Scrub out feeder, inside and out, with a solution of 10 percent bleach and 90 percent water.
- Rinse well several times and let dry.
- Sweep up old seeds from underneath the feeder and wash the area.
- Fill feeders with good quality bird seed.
- Keep hummingbird feeders clean, too, and filled with fresh sugar-water (1-to-4) mix weekly.
- And finally, don’t forget to keep your birdbaths clean and filled with fresh water.