Guidelines to keep bird feeders clean, backyard birds safe

Many South Carolina residents enjoy feeding wild birds. Several bird species commonly visit feeders providing an opportunity for residents to enjoy watching them nearby. However, S.C. Department of Natural Resources biologists are asking the public to be mindful of proper maintenance of their feeders. Without proper care bird feeders can harm rather than benefit the local bird population. Dirty feeders can harbor spoiled feed, seed hulls, and waste which can become a source of bacteria, mold, and other diseases that can be transmitted between birds.

The risk is greatly reduced when bird feeders are cleaned regularly. Not only will the birds benefit, but so will the resident because clean feeders will likely attract more wild birds. With thoughtful planning and care the public can enjoy healthy and safe backyard birds. Fortunately, bird feeder care is easy just follow these guidelines: