Keeping your feeders clean is an essential part of the bird feeding process. It’s critical because your garden birds can become infected with, and therefore spread, a range of different diseases. Some birds, like Greenfinches, are more susceptible than other birds to horrific diseases like Trichomoniasis, a disease that has led to a significant decline in Greenfinch populations over the past 25 years. The most common garden bird diseases include:
You won’t easily observe the symptoms of these illnesses until right at the very last minute, and then often it is too late. Unfortunately, it is not possible to administer medication to birds in the wild as it is not only impossible to provide the correct dosage, but also because certain cures that are beneficial to some birds may be detrimental to others.
So what can you do to prevent these diseases from spreading? Here’s a five-step guide to help you minimise the risk of your birds from catching disease.