Cleaning bird feeders
Cleaning your bird feeders, nest boxes, and other bird accessories is a wonderful way to show your care and concern for the well-being of our feathered friends. By maintaining clean feeders, we ensure that the birds have access to a safe and healthy food source. Clean feeders will also up your chances of attracting a diverse range of bird species to your garden. Birds rely on visual cues to locate food sources, and a dirty feeder may discourage them from visiting. By cleaning and maintaining bird feeders, we create a welcoming environment that promotes the vitality and enjoyment of our avian companions.
Why is it important to clean bird feeders?
Dirty feeders can quickly become contaminated with mould, bacteria, and parasites, posing significant risks to the birds' health. Regular cleaning helps prevent the spread of diseases, reduces the likelihood of digestive issues, and prevents potential fatalities among the bird population.
What's the best way to clean bird feeders?
With the right tools, cleaning bird feeders can be a quick and effortless task that your garden birds will appreciate. We've put together an easy step-by-step guide on how to clean your feeders and more detail on why it's vital we do so. Click here to learn How, Why & When Should You Clean Your Bird Feeders.
What is the best disinfectant for bird feeders?
For a quick and easy-to-use disinfectant for your bird feeders, we recommend the Vetark Ark-Klens Ready-To-Use Spray. This non-toxic and non-irritant disinfectant is premade and requires no diluting. Coming in a handy spray bottle, this disinfectant can be effortlessly used for routine cleaning of nest boxes, food bowls and feeders.
How often should I wash my bird feeder?
To keep your garden birds safe from harmful diseases and bacteria spreading at the feeders and onto their food, we recommend you aim to clean your bird feeders every two weeks. Leave it no later than a month.
Should you clean out bird boxes?
Cleaning the bird box helps prevent the spread of diseases and parasites that can be detrimental to the birds' health. By removing old nesting materials, droppings, and any potential contaminants, you reduce the risk of infections and increase the chances of successful breeding.
When to clean out bird nest boxes?
We recommend cleaning your bird boxes out of the nesting season, from the beginning of October to the end of November. This is to avoid the risk of disturbing any nesting birds or their fledglings. The Wildlife & Countryside Act of 1981 strictly prohibits removing, harming, or destroying a wild bird's nest during its occupancy or construction.