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Birds: Good hygiene

It’s vital to maintain a good cleaning routine with bird feeders, as groups of birds can spread disease easily through their droppings.

Keeping your feeders, water bowls, nest boxes, bird tables and feeding stations clean will not only make them look better and last longer, but it will also keep your garden birds healthy and happy.

Here are some vital steps for keeping a good cleaning routine:

  1. Clean feeders, bird tables, feeding stations and water bowls fortnightly with a mild disinfectant. Always rinse and air-dry before use
  2. Always wear rubber gloves when interacting with feeders, nest boxes etc, as some diseases can affect humans too
  3. Don’t use cleaning brushes for any other purpose
  4. Only clean nest boxes in the autumn months when they’re no longer occupied
  5. Move feeders to different areas of the garden to prevent a build-up of droppings on the ground
  6. Choose a feeder that’s durable and easy to take apart and put back together, such as our Peckish 3 Port Seed Feeder, which has a removable base for easy cleaning
  7. Choose a bird table and nest box that has a flip-top lid to make it easier to access and clean
  8. Avoid putting feeders under garden features where birds might roost, as this will prevent contamination through droppings
  9. Report any diseased birds to the Garden Wildlife Health Project so they can build a picture of the issues affecting garden wildlife throughout the country.

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