Fill with black oil sunflower seed, safflower mix, and peanut pieces. Before filling your feeder with fresh seed, it is recommended that the following precautions are taken: * Remove all old seed. * Soak feeder in a light water/bleach solution (9 parts H20 to 1 part bleach). * Scrub feeder and allow to air dry. * Rake and remove accumulated hulls and droppings from underneath the feeders. * Spread mulch (bark or wood) under the feeder, replace mulch when soiled. To prevent mold growth, use weatherproof feeders when conditions are humid or wet. * Thoroughly wash hands after handling and cleaning feeders.
Frequently Asked Questions
Birds at my feeder look sick, what should I do?
The best thing to do is to stop feeding the birds temporarily. Remove the feeders and throw out all of the seed. Thoroughly wash your feeders. Remove all debris from under your feeder. Do not touch the sick birds. Refill all of your feeders and resume feeding.
How do I prevent seeds from sprouting under my feeder?
You will need to sterilize your seed to prevent it from germinating. This will not alter the attractiveness or the nutritional value of the seed in any way. Here are two methods: Conventional Oven: Place the seed on a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes at 300°F. Microwave Oven: Place seed in a paper bag. Cook on high power for 5 minutes.
Why does the seed in my feeder get moldy?
Mold is caused by a heavy rain, driving sleet or snow plugging the feeding ports and allowing water to dampen the seed. Always clean, dry and refill your feeders after heavy weather. You may also want to try placing 1/4" of cat litter in the bottom of the feeder to absorb excess moisture.