There’s one more thing that’s just as important as refilling your bird feeder: disinfecting it. A bacterial disease called salmonelloisis is usually caused by dirty feeders, and it can kill small birds. The disease occurs when fecal matter (from birds) is mixed with bird seed, causing birds to get sick. To keep our feathered friends healthy, simply soak your bird feeder in hot water with a 10 percent bleach solution. Then rinse, dry and refill those feeders.
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