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Caring for birdbaths and feeders

Bird feeders should be cleaned at least once a month, but preferably more frequently. Feeders can be sanitized with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts hot water, or a mild solution of unscented dish detergent is acceptable as well. All parts of the feeders, inside and out, should be cleaned. Then rinsed with clear, clean water. Dry completely before refilling.

The easiest way to clean a birdbath is to ensure it doesn’t get dirty. When refilling the birdbath, dump out the stagnant water instead of just adding more. Position the birdbath away from feeders so spilled seed does not land in the water. Choose a shady spot to minimize algae growth and slow evaporation.

Use a solution of one part chlorine bleach to nine parts water to scrub the birdbath thoroughly. Rinse the birdbath thoroughly with running water until there is no persistent foaming. Allow the birdbath to dry completely. Refill with clean water. Clean the birdbath two or three times a week, depending on how many birds use it.

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