Although it’s easy to forget about the bird table at the back of your garden, by keeping it clean you’ll help keep the birds in your garden healthy and happy. The same goes for hanging bird feeders and bird baths, as birds congregate in these areas – meaning they can easily pass diseases onto each other. So keeping this area clean and tidy can play a big part in ensuring the birds in your garden are healthy!
Here are our top tips for cleaning your bird feeders:
Clean your feeder outside
Don’t bring a dirty feeder into your house to clean. This’ll mean all the dirt is kept outside, and you won’t need to clean your home after cleaning the feeder!
Take it apart
Completely take apart your feeder to clean it, making sure you empty out all the seeds whilst also removing the hooks and accessories. Remove the lid, base and removable trays (you should scrub and soak these separately) as this’ll allow you to clean hard to reach areas.
Use the right tools
Having the right cleaning tools to hand will make the job a little easier. Wear gloves, use warm soapy water and a bottle brush. Make sure you clean with disinfectant that’s safe for birds like Zoflora’s Concentrated Disinfectant.
Leave it to dry
The feeder should be completely dry before you fill it with seed. This’ll keep it clean for longer and prevent residue and grease from building up.
Make the most of your feeder
Cleaning your feeder will not only keep the birds healthy, but will also extend the life of your feeder – preventing damage and stains, and holding off rust from metal or wire feeders.
Clean other accessories
Clean feeding and water bowls at the same time as feeders. This’ll make sure dirt isn’t transferred from dirty to clean feeders.
Don’t forget to clean your feeders regularly, to help keep our feathered friends happy! Every 4-6 weeks is ideal at this time of year.
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