2 pails of water – one with warm
water, with a drop or two of dish detergent and a capful of bleach or 1/4 cup of vinegar.
The second one with clear cold water for rinsing or rinse with the
An assortment of brushes to reach all the nooks and crannies.
Wear rubber gloves to protect yourself from bacteria.
Wet wipes are also great for cleaning perches.
How To Clean Bird Feeders ~ Step 3:
Clean Feeders Thoroughly
To wash thoroughly, the seed in the
feeders must be removed. Dig out the seed in the corners.
Spread the seed that was in the feeder on the ground in an area where ground
feeding birds will enjoy it (If the seed is in good condition and not moldy). Or wait until your feeders are empty to
wash them. But if you leave them empty too long your friends may decide to look else where for dinner.
Use the water
with detergent and bleach to give them a good wash using the brushes.
Wash perches and feeding ports especially well.
Why Is There Moldy Seed In Your Feeder?
1. The seed has been left in the feeder far too long.
2. The seed is getting wet in the feeder and not able to dry out quickly enough.
3. Poor quality seed will have dirt, dust and twigs which all turn moldy quicker.
4. Poor quality seed also has under developed seed or moldy seed to start with.
Wet wipes are great for cleaning seed ports & perches between washings.
How To Clean Bird Feeders ~ Step 5:
How Often Should Bird Feeders be Cleaned?
How often will depend on how many birds you get at your feeders. The more you have the more often you should clean them.
Outside temperature will also dictate how often your feeders will need to be cleaned. The hotter it is outside the more cleaning will be necessary. (But once per month should be more than enough if you have fairly constant traffic and the temperatures are moderate.)
In-between wash days use a rag that has been wet and rung out with a water and bleach or vinegar solution, to wipe off feeding ports first and perches second. This will also help prevent the spreading of disease when your feeders are being heavily used and it is hot. (Wet wipes are also handy for this task.)
Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of healthy, happy wild birds at your clean feeders!
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