"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Check feeders for moldy seed

We've been having some wet weather in California, so it's likely your bird feeders have gotten soaked. 

You might still be able to save the seed, if it's not moldy. Mold is not healthy for the birds, so it's best to put moldy seed in the trash. The birds are likely to reject it anyway.

To save wet seed: spread it on a cookie sheet and place in the oven at a low temperature for about 10 minutes or so, just enough to dry it out.  Stir the seed and cool.

Now that your feeder is empty, it's a good time to clean it; birds pick up diseases at dirty feeders. Use a 10 percent bleach solution to sterilize. Make sure the seed completely dry before replacing it in the feeder.

Happy Birding!

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