Archive for Sunday, June 30, 2002

Birdfeeding tips

June 30, 2002

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Set up feeding stations with at least four feeders in a group.

Place feeders at least 10 feet from leafy shrubs, conifers and brush piles to prevent ambush predators.

Clean feeder lightly with each refilling, but give it a thorough cleaning with hot, soapy water every month or two.

Offer water, but to prevent spreading disease among birds, change the bath water every day. At least once a week, give the container a good swipe with a scrub brush and rinse. For a deep-cleaning, use 1 part bleach to 20 parts water solution and then rinse thoroughly.

Replace seed if old or moldy.

Clean up debris and old seed on ground to prevent disease.

For an easy start, stick with feeders that can take a fall without breaking and that are large and easy to fill. Add a tray to attract bigger birds like cardinals and blue jays.

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