Cleaning Your Bird Feeders

Why clean feeders?

Even in the colder winter months, it is important to clean your bird feeders on a regular basis to prevent the buildup of bacteria that can cause disease. Feeders can sometimes be even busier during the winter months with the influx of migrating birds and as inclement weather makes other natural food sources harder to come by. No matter what type of feeder or type of food you provide, cleaning birdfeeders is an easy way to keep your backyard flock healthy year-round and avoid spreading diseases among birds. Dirty feeders allow the seed to spoil and harbor mold and bacteria. Rancid seed can attract unwanted wildlife such as mice, rats, raccoons, and insects. Spoiled seed can cause wood decay and difficulty in cleaning the feeder which may cause additional damage. Caked seed can clog feeding ports, hinges and other parts causing it to crack, warp or break. Feeders should be cleaned 1-2 times a month depending on its frequency of use. Clean birdfeeders and feeding areas will attract more birds and keep all backyard birds healthier for you to enjoy!

Feeder Cleaning Tips

Nature’s Way Bird Products has made maintaining clean feeders easier with our innovative and patented bird products! 

Our Bamboo and Cedar Series feature feeders with the patented Fresh Seed™ tray. The Fresh Seed™ tray keeps seed fresh by allowing water to drain and air to flow freely. When necessary, the rust-free seed tray lifts out easily for quick and thorough cleanings.



Nature’s Way Bird Products’ Twist&Clean™ Series features tube feeders using the innovative and patented Twist&Clean™ technology. Simply twist and pull to remove the feeder’s base, ports, perches, and Even-FeedTM baffles. These tube feeders are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning of the entire feeder. 



If you should choose not to use the dishwasher for cleaning the Nature’s Way Bird Products' feeders, or for feeders that cannot be washed in the dishwasher, feeders can be sanitized with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts hot water, or with a mild solution of unscented dish detergent and warm water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water and let dry completely before refilling. Washings can be less frequent if you give your feeder a quick cleaning every time the feeders are refilled: scrape, dump, or shake out any seed clumps and excess debris before refilling the feeder.

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