Handling my bird feeder

Old 07-10-05, 01:31 PM
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Handling my bird feeder

Regarding the possibility of bird flu; do any of you reccommend any special cautions to be taken with handling my bird feeders here in Ga.? I haven't heard of anyone saying that we should be taking any special precautions; but it has recently been on my wife's mind; got me to thinking also.
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Avian flu and birdfeeders

In theory, because virus is transmitted from feces and has the ability to stay viable at very low temperatures, avian flu could be transmitted. The risk of infection of birds that visit bird feeders is low to remote. Researchers indicate that homeowners should be more concerned about salmonellosis, avian pox, and various fungal infections. Always wash hands thoroughly after handling bird feeders. To be on the safe side clean and disinfect feeders monthly with bleach and water solution. Make sure feeders are thoroughly dry before refilling with seed in order to avoid mold and mildew of seed.

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