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Help keep birds healthy

By: Garden Gate staff
Here’s what you need to know to clean feeders and bring in birds of all types.

Help keep birds healthy

Love to feed birds in the backyard? The cracks and crevices in any feeder are good places for harmful bacteria to grow. To keep your birds safe, be sure to clean your feeders from time to time. It’s simple!

Nectar feeders Clean every week (more frequently in hot weather) with hot water. No soap is necessary, but you could scrub it with a mild bleach solution as long as you let it completely air dry before refilling.

Seed feeders When you refill feeders, dump old seed and pour in all new. Every week or two, wash inside and out with hot, soapy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly before refilling. In addition, rake up hulls, seeds and other debris from beneath the feeder. This area could harbor harmful organisms, as well.

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