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      Whatbird Forums Rules   01/08/17

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I have a question for you all that is related to the "Where Are My Birds" topic.  I've continued to wonder why my numbers and varieties are down since late summer so I have had time to think about what some of the reasons might be for the decline. I noticed a pair of Cooper's Hawks getting ready for spring (you know what they do this time of year) but they do not stay on my property so I am not thinking that this is the main issue.  The other idea I've had recently is that both of my hopper style feeders have not been cleaned since last Spring and there is some mold and old seed and suet residue on the feeders.  Is there a chance that my birds are not coming around as much because of housekeeping issues? Are they thinking my feeders are too dirty for them to eat?  Just curious since maybe there is something to this?   Thanks! 

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If there ever is any mold in your feeder, it should be cleaned immediately, and all food in there thrown out in the garbage (not outside). Feeders should be cleaned at the very least every month, better yet every two weeks or around that

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