Category Archives: Cleaning

Disease prevention

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We occasionally get questions at the Wild Bird House where someone sees a bird that looks sick and wants to know what can be done. Here are a few relatively common feeder bird diseases that people occasionally see. Continue reading

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Fall Maintenance for Purple Martin Houses

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When the Martins have left for the year, it is important to lower the housing, thoroughly clean it out and plug it up for the winter. Not only will cleaning remove any parasites and bacteria, but plugging the holes will prevent unwanted guests like Sparrows and Starlings from taking up residence. Continue reading

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If you water they will come!

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There is no better way to get birds flocking to your yard than a good source of ice-free fresh water. In the cold of winter when our ponds and creeks freeze over, birds will flock to an ice free birdbath. About 70% of a bird’s non-fat body tissue is water that needs to be maintained to avoid dehydration. You will see birds that you will never catch at the feeders like a flock of American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, Carolina Wrens, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Mockingbirds. These birds stay here through the winter and change from primarily an insect diet in the summer to a berry diet in the winter. Besides, birdbaths being a source of drinking water for birds, it is also important for bathing, even in the cold temperatures. It’s vital in the winter for birds to keep their feathers in tiptop shape by bathing. By cleaning their feathers and grooming them with natural oils, our feathered friends are able to help insulate their bodies from the cold and stay warm. Customers will ask “Won’t the water freeze to their feathers or their feet stick to the bath?” No, their feet are like fingernails and don’t feel cold or freeze to things. Continue reading

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Ruby Throated Hummingbird

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Hummingbird nectar is very close in composition to the pure natural nectar hummers harvest from flowers. Sugar is their natural diet. Hummingbirds also eat insects for protein. The only caution about using hummingbird nectar is that you must mix the proper solution and clean and maintain your hummingbird feeder. Although these two tasks are small, they must be done with responsibility. Continue reading

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