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Keep Your Feeding Station Clean!

An American goldfinch visits a feeder with Nyger seed.
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To make sure that seed is flowing properly, give hanging feeders a good shake before refilling. Shake out or pry out with a stick any compacted seed in the bottom. A spoon or spatula is handy for removing old seed from platform and hopper feeders before refilling. You can keep these outside, at the feeding station, for convenience.

To clean feeders, remove all the old seed residue. Soak feeders in a light water/bleach solution (9 parts water to 1 part bleach) and scrub well. A bottlebrush helps to clean tube feeders. Rinse and air-dry before refilling.

To avoid contamination, limit ground feeding directly below hanging feeders. Rotate ground-feeding areas frequently.

Rake up and remove accumulated hulls and droppings. Spread mulch (bark or wood chips) below feeders, raking it up when soiled and replacing it with new.

In humid or wet conditions, feed only from weatherproof feeders. Check frequently for mold. Put out only as much seed as will be eaten in one day.

Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands after filling, handling, and cleaning your feeders.

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  • Hi Gary, I will pass your question along to Birdsquatch next time I see him. He knows infinitely more about nocturnal wildlife than I do. Where do you live? That's pretty important in figuring out the answer. But the thief could be raccoons, deer, or flying squirrels. Do you live in the woods? Are there trees near your feeder, or must the culprit climb a shepherd's hook or pole? Dawn Hewitt, Watching Backyard Birds
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    by Gary Vandervest, Wed, 25 Aug 2021
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