How to Quickly Clean Tube Bird Feeders

American Goldfinches Eating At Nyjer Seed Tube Feeders
American Goldfinches Eating At Nyjer Seed Tube Feeders

How can you quickly clean a tube feeder? It would be great if you could just put up a feeder, fill it with seed and forget it. But there actually is some maintenance involved. Wet moldy seed can collect in crevices and on damp spots. Birds will eat at a dirty feeder if that is where food is found. A dirty feeder can harbor germs and spread disease among the birds that we enjoy so much. So feeders need to be cleaned periodically.

Because I have quite a few feeders, my goal is to make the process as efficient and painless as possible. I don’t want to spend hours scrubbing feeders. So I’ve come up with two strategies to make cleaning feeders quicker and easier.

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