“Cleaning Bird Feeders & Cleaning Birdhouses is a MUST!”
Cleaning Bird Feeders
Generally speaking cleaning bird feeders should be performed every week with soap and hot water while cleaning birdhouses should be done yearly. Cleaning bird feeders is best performed with a brush & soapy hot water getting all the stuck seed and feces removed. Make sure all the drain holes on your feeders and trays are cleaned out also. Let the feeder air dry and refill with seed. NEVER reuse seed!
Moving the bird feeder occasionally to prevent large buildups of seed shells and spilled seed on the ground is a good idea. Cleaning bird feeders should be a priority for birders!!!
If you are cleaning your bird feeders & bird baths due to a suspected bird disease I recommend you clean your bird feeders and bird baths every 2-3 days with a bleach solution. Soft scrub containing bleach works great! Most soap disinfects, but not as well and bleach products. It is also a good idea to spread out your feeders and baths allowing the birds more room as most bird diseases spread faster in cramped feeding areas.
Cleaning Bird Baths
At the same time you are cleaning bird feeders you want to clean out your bird baths with soap and water using a scrub brush. Remove all traces of mold, bird feces, and grass before refilling. A 10% bleach solution can be used periodically for extra disinfection. Make sure the cleaning solution stays in contact with the surface for at least five minutes. Don’t leave this solution unattended while you wait to prevent any birds from drinking it. A bleach solution can also be used when cleaning bird feeders also. Remove bleach solution, rinse, and refill with fresh water.
Cleaning birdhouses is a once a year task normally performed in the fall. Without exception every bird house needs to be cleaned and repaired yearly! Open up the bird house and remove all the old nesting materials and feces. Ensure all vent holes are cleaned out especially those vent holes on the bottom of the bird house. Repair any broken or worn parts and pieces. Never perform birdhouse cleaning when the nest is being occupied and has eggs or baby birds inside.
Woodpecker houses need to have new nesting material added after cleaning. Most woodpeckers don’t bring nesting materials into the box as they are excavators. Pine, oak, cedar, or most any native and local wood chips will work well. Add about 4″ – 6″ of wood chips. Don’t use sawdust or any type of man-made chips such as particle board or plywood chips due to the toxic glues used in their manufacturing process.
Many birds (including finches, bluebirds, and swallows) nest twice during the period from spring to early summer. It’s not necessary to clean these houses between each nesting. Interestingly, the same parents usually will not use the same nest a second time if they have a choice. Typically another pair of birds will use this box and build another nest on top of the first nest.
For best results, face the opening of the birdhouse away from the dominant winds. In most cases, depending on the species of bird, the ideal spot is on a pole away from trees and fences in order to keep out predators. If this isn’t possible, mount the house on a fence or the side of a building. Installing birdhouses in a tree should be your last option. Generally, birds prefer open areas so they can easily watch for predators while hunting for food near the nest box, but this depends on the species as some prefer denser areas.
Choosing a birdhouse
Every bird prefers a different cavity and design, so choose a model for the specific bird you’d like to attract. Some of the variables to consider include: hole positioning and size, cavity size, and ceiling height. The Bird Man has a Birdhouse Specification Chart and you can choose from our extensive line of Bird Nesting Boxes.
Choosing a birdfeeder
As with birdhouses, choose a feeder for the type of bird you want to attract. Quality matters and always make sure you can take it apart when the time comes for cleaning bird feeders. If the birdfeeder looks cheap and flimsy it probably won’t stand up to the elements or provide the necessary security. If it can’t be easily opened for cleaning it could turn into a death trap. Many of The Bird Man’s Bird Feeding Stations come with a lifetime warranty and are made in the USA.
To learn about the food preferences of specific birds please Contact The Bird Man for recommendations. The Bird Man has a wide variety of Birdseed in stock for shipping, and arrangements can be made for delivery in the Denver-metro area.
Choosing a birdbath
There are many options for birdbath materials including plastic, metal, clay, and concrete. Concrete is very durable, but since it’s porous it’s not easily disinfected. A fired clay pottery birdbath is easy to clean but usually isn’t durable. The Bird Man recommends either plastic or metal and we have many Unique Bird Baths to choose from. If you choose metal, remember to pick a light color since dark metal absorbs heat and can burn a bird’s feet. Year-round access to water is the most important thing for any living creature, so in colder climates consider getting a quality Heated Birdbath.
“The Bird Man is very knowledgeable about the birds in our area and where houses and feeders should be placed. We have been purchasing feeders and houses for five years from Pat and the number of birds in our yard has grown tremendously. Cleaning bird feeders is now on a weekly schedule with us.”
Lisa – Franktown, CO