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Garden bird feeders & diseases

Tuesday, 20th March 2018

When we feed wild birds we have a responsibility to practice good hygiene and reduce the chances of cross-contamination. Thankfully, there are four easy steps you can take to do this.
Firstly, buy your seed from a reputable bird food supplier. Ensure that any seed given is super-clean and free of dust and debris. Peanuts should always be aflatoxin tested and fed in a mesh container during the spring and summer months. Peanut Granules are a suitable alternative for the breeding season.


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Don't overfeed; put only enough food out for a couple of days. This will help to guarantee that your feeders will be emptied within two or three days and therefore less waste will fall to the ground.

Bird feeders and bird tables should regularly be cleaned with a disinfectant like, for example, Safe 4 and Vanodine these are both safe to use as a cleaning agent and are a better value alternative to more risky products like household bleach.

Safe 4

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We recommend rotating the feeding zones; moving your bird feeders and bird tables to different areas in your garden will help to discourage a build-up of potentially dangerous droppings. Adding a seed tray to the bottom of your bird feeders is another option, two of our most popular trays can be found here: Feeder Tray - this will help any uneaten food to remain on the tray rather than falling to the ground.


By following these four simple guidelines you are helping to prevent the spread of avian diseases like avian flu, tuberculosis, and E-Coli.

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