Keeping Feeding Sites Clean

It is important to feed birds, but it is also important to realise the importance of keeping feeding areas clean to stop any chance of diseases being spread near the bird feeders.

Diseases such as trichomoniasis can kill birds and as birds gather and meet at bird tables it is important to keep these areas clean.

The disease trichomoniasis is passed to other birds  by

  • bird droppings,
  • saliva and,
  • in the breeding season, birds regurgitating food to give to their young.

Some of the signs of the disease are –

  • signs of tiredness and  birds do not fly away.
  • Plumage is puffed up
  • breathing difficulties

It is important to clean bird feeders, bird tables and make sure sites where birds feed are clean.

I pour boiling water on my two bird tables and have a scrubbing brush just for that purpose.

I clean the meshed ground feeder and any other dishes I use.

I slightly vary the places I put the bird food in the garden, so that one area is not used all the time.

I’m lucky in that I have fields and open countryside nearby and birds don’t seem to mess round about the bird feeders much.

I always make sure there isn’t any bird food left laying around.

Birds rely on the bird food we put out and it dosn’t take much to keep the areas clean.

I watched a blue tit, robin, chaffinch, sparrows and blackbirds the other day.  All within a few feet of the bird table.  How colourful they all looked so close together.

3 thoughts on “Keeping Feeding Sites Clean

  1. Katrina Lawson

    very interesting Birdy Trish and very helpful. Thanks for that, I will now start to take more care over my bird tables as I did not realise how important this was. great web site with lots of useful tips! Keep up the good work.

    Katrina 🙂

  2. Trish Post author

    Hello Lesley,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    No they can’t. Take Trichomonas as an example. It is a disease that affects finches, and doves and pigeons but any bird can catch this infection. It is bird specific, and it does not pass on to mammals, including humans. So keep on feeding the birds. I’m sure they appreciate it! Trish

    If you handle a sick bird there is a small but real risk of transmissible infections. But that is only when you handle a sick bird. Not bird food.

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