About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Maintaining a bird feeder

Having 2 sets of feeders helps in maintenance
A bird feeder full of fresh seed that your local birds prefer is good for birds and bird watchers alike. But without proper maintenance, it can become harmful. Just like setting up a restaurant, you must provide your customers with a safe and pleasant dining experience.

Seed Feeders should be cleaned at least once a month or more often during times of heavy use or wet weather. Disassemble, soak and scrub feeders in a mixture of one part bleach or vinegar to nine parts water with a little soap for at least three minutes. Rinse thoroughly and allow to completely dry before refilling.

Hummingbird feeder cleaning should be even more frequent. Wash your hummer feeders at least once a week when it is below 70 degrees and at least twice a week when it is above 70 degrees. Cleaning will help prevent mold and deadly fermentation.

Of course, watching birds is more fun than cleaning dirty feeders. Fortunately, there are several ways to minimize the workload. The easiest way is to bring your feeders in to the Wild Birds Unlimited store in East Lansing to have them professionally cleaned. Many of our customers create a rotation schedule with two sets of feeders so that when one set is cleaned, disinfected and dried a second set of feeders are in use. How the Wild Birds Unlimited feeder wash works http://Keep feeders clean.html

Related Articles:
Prevent moldy birdseed and the spread of diseases http://prevent-moldy-birdseed.html

How to choose the best suet cake http://bit.ly/xATYPQ
How to have more colorful birds at your feeder http://bit.ly/qizlNh
Why do Birds Scatter Seeds from Feeders? http://bit.ly/vZ6gzM
Choosing a seed blend to feed wild birds http://goo.gl/xUGKA

How to clean hummer feeders http://how to clean hummer feeders.html 

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