Water and feeder maintenance

Cleaning your feeders and water baths


Birds are very susceptible to disease and many illnesses are easily spread by contact at feeders and bird baths.

To stop disease spreading we recommend you give your bird table/feeders and water baths a quick clean down every night taking away any old and stale food before restocking each morning. 


Clean the table with hot water and a cloth.  Do not use any cleaning products as this could harm the birds.


Make sure that your water is always clean, as like us, dirty water can be very harmful to the birds.


When changing the water in the bath / container make sure the old water is emptied and wipe out any debris which may be in there.


A good scrub will help keep them clean and we recommend this be done at least once a week.  Use specialist bird bath cleaner as everyday household cleaners contain chemicals harmful to birds.

Discourage Pests


Food spilled on ground encourages rats and other predators.  Predators in the vicinity will not help your songbirds and will be particularly damaging for any eggs or baby birds. 


Tidy up any excessive spillages to discourage unwanted visitors.  Smaller spillages and mess from the small birds will be quickly tidied up by ground feeding birds and small mammals.

Repair or Replace


Keep an eye on the state of your feeders.  Broken wires, snapped perches, bent hangers can all cause injury to wildlife.


Cracks, frost damage and sharp edges on water containers can all cause injury to wildlife.  This may also cause the container to lose its water tightness.


Repair or replace any feeders and water baths whenever required.



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