5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Bird Feeders

Spring is a time of warmth, rejuvenation – and spring cleaning. These 5 simple tips will help you get your bird feeders back in shape for spring bird feeding so that you can keep migrating birds healthy and help parent birds feed their fledglings!

1. Bird feeder cleanliness is key for wild bird health.

It’s always a good idea to clean your feeders at least monthly (more often if there’s stormy weather outside or you’re getting a high volume of visitors at your feeders). Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned at least every 5 days using a hummingbird feeder brush. Bird baths should be emptied daily, cleaned 2-3 times per week, and wiped out or rinsed before refilling with fresh water. Scrub your feeders and feeder parts with a bird feeder cleaning brush to remove any remaining residues. Check out our Hummingbird Feeder Information guide and our guide to Cleaning & Maintaining Your Bird Feeder for more helpful information on feeder cleaning.

 2. Bird feeder areas need cleaning, too.

Birds will make a mess when feeding, so it’s important to clean the area around bird feeders too. Clean up seed spillage and used hulls to avoid pest problems and mold issues. Rake up discarded seed hulls and replace mulch to cover bird droppings and discarded seeds. Ground mess can also be vacuumed up with a standard heavy duty vacuum. It’s also important to clean hanging hooks, poles, squirrel baffles, and seed trays. They collect droppings and old seed that can harbor bacteria in your feeding area. Scrub out seed storage containers before refilling with new seed to keep them clean.

3. Embrace birds’ need for feeding space.

If you notice your feeders getting crowded and birds fighting for feeder space, help them out and add another bird feeder! Birds need stress-free feeding space to fill up and refuel for migration, and they can’t eat if they’re busy fighting for resources. Adding another bird feeder in a different area of your yard is great for the health of the birds, since avian overcrowding also sometimes exposes birds to illness. Help the birds avoid rush hour and open up another lane.

4. Even the toughest feeders may need a little tune-up.

Metal and plastic edges sometimes become weathered or worn, and birds could accidentally become injured on sharp edges or come into contact with bacteria. If your feeder needs a little TLC, we have replacement parts available through our online store, or by calling 1-800-352-9164, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5:00pm EST. We’re happy to help you get your feeders back in tip-top shape!

5. Spread the word!

Help your neighbors get involved & aware of the best cleaning habits, and create a happy feeding community that’s beneficial for the birds we all love. Our guide to Cleaning & Maintaining Your Bird Feeder is packed with even more helpful information to make your spring cleaning a breeze!

And remember, by keeping your feeders clean & full, you’re helping more baby birds survive & thrive. You’re helping to restore the balance of nature. It’s true. Because in nature, everything is connected. And everything matters. We can make a world of difference, one bird feeder at a time. So, just feed birds, and make a world of difference.