Bird Feeding 101 Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
Being smart about wild bird feeding is good for you and for wild birds. A dirty feeder can lead to the spread of disease. Moldy or spoiled seed can make wild birds sick. Poor seed choices can mean more waste and fewer visitors. Following these bird-feeding tips will help keep your wild bird population well fed and disease-free.
Rake the ground beneath the feeders regularly, or hang the Seed Saucer under the feeder to catch empty hulls and droppings.
Wash feeders at least once a month with a mixture of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. Bird-safe products like Microbe-Lift Birdhouse/Birdfeeder Cleaner simplify cleaning while maintaining wild bird health. Be sure to let feeders dry completely before refilling.
When you are away on vacation, hang out a feeder that can hold an extra supply of seed. The Le Grand Gazebo Feeder has a 20 pound capacity. The Jagunda Feeder with Auger System is a large capacity, 7-1/2 ft tall squirrelproof feeder that offers seed to wild birds, not pesky squirrels.