I really hate cleaning, but I love my birds and I know that harmful bacteria can flourish in and around feeders, baths and houses. So I developed a simple cleaning routine for myself that just takes a few minutes and keeps my feathered friends happy and healthy.
To keep it quick and easy, I hang my trusty Bird Bath & Feeder Brush on the hose reel and every time I go to refill my baths, I give them a quick scrub-a-dub and a rinse. In the heat of summer, my baths get lots of use so I am brushing and filling daily. Every couple of weeks I sanitize my bath with a vinegar solution. Just mix 4 cups of white vinegar with 1 gallon of water in the bird bath, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then scrub and rinse well. It will sparkle!
I clean my feeders every week or two in summer, less often during the cold months. First, I give my feeders a good spritz with 3B Protection Spray. Let it sit on the feeder for 15 minutes and then give them a good once-over with a Feeder Brush. A good rinse and an hour drying in the sun and the feeders are ready for some fresh seed. If you have a Duncraft tube feeder, click here for detailed cleaning instructions.
I wash my nectar feeders with hot soapy water, followed by thorough rinsing, every single I time I refill them. Starting with a clean feeder helps keep the nectar fresher for a longer time. A dash of Nectar Defender makes a world of difference in how long the nectar stays fresh.
Nobody needs extra chores, but it really feels great knowing that I’m doing my best to keep my birds safe and healthy. Do you have any tips for keeping your backyard bird equipment clean? Let us know!
Make every day a happy bird day!