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bird feeder - winter snow When you are feeding birds, keep in mind that what goes in the bird, must come out.  This means that if you have a lot of birds feeding at your station, you are going to have to plan some sort of maintenance and hygiene program.

Thankfully, you don't need a lot of fancy tools to care for and maintain your bird feeding station.  For the most part, you can find everything you need right around the house.  First of all, you will need a tool for clearing away seed hulls on table feeders and hopper feeders.  A metal spatula should do the trick.  You'll also need a tool to keep drainage holes clear, as well as the area below feeding ports in tube feeders.  Sticks you have found around the yard, pencils, and even chopsticks make nice tools for this job.  Finally, you'll need something to remove the sticky sunflower detritus that seems to coat everything in damp weather.  For this dirty job, try a basic scrub brush.

Every once in a while, it's a good idea to expose your feeding station to a really good, deep clean.  Make up a solution of one part bleach and nine parts hot water, and give the feeders a good soak and scrub.  Don't forget to wash the platforms as well.  When is the best time to deep clean your feeding station?  Obviously, pick a time when the birds aren't feeding!

Be sure to regularly remove the bird waste surrounding your feeding area.  Not only are large amounts of bird waste unsightly and unhealthy for humans, they are not healthy for the birds either.  Birds defecate where they eat, and this can quickly spread disease among the flock.  To safeguard against this, be sure not to put ground seed directly under feeders, where they are likely to be hit.  Instead, throw the seed in a wide circle outside the feeder area, and be sure to change where you put it.  Be sure to change the brush pile under the feeders several times a year, and if it gets really dirty, move it to a different part of the yard.


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