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A reminder why it's important to properly maintain outdoor bird feeders (medical images within)

flyzipper

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This is a case from a local wildlife rehabilitator...

http://instagr.am/p/Cae6GQ7rRBb/
Here's a resource with more details about the condition, and a recommendation for what you should do if you see a bird with conjunctivitis...

We encourage people to take down their feeders for at least a few days to encourage sick birds to disperse. While the feeders are down, clean them thoroughly. You can use a dishwasher on a hot setting, or wash them with soap and boiling water, a diluted bleach solution, or a weak vinegar solution (10%). Be sure to remove any build-ups of dirt around the food openings. Rinse the feeders thoroughly and let them dry completely before rehanging them. Also rake underneath the feeders to remove old seed and bird droppings. Be sure to continue to clean your feeders every week or so. If sick birds return, avoid using feeders with big ports that the birds can rub their heads against.
 

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Good article. I have many bird feeders and clean them but never thought to clean up under them. Thanks for posting.
 

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Good article Steve
 

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Actually have all but my seut feeders down right now because I spotted a Goldfinch with conjunctivitis on Friday. :shifty:
 

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Definitely a good thing to remember! Poor little guy. I would be so sad if my finches ended up like that! I have not been using F10 on my feeders when I clean them, but I think I will start adding that to my routine.
 

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This was the Goldfinch:
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It's other eye was still clear at least.
 
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