Mass WildLife Urges Temporary Halt on Bird Feeders

Birds at Feeder
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is urging MA residents to stop using bird feeders due to an illness impacting wild birds across the nation.
Though no cases have yet been confirmed in Massachusetts, wildlife managers in Delaware, New Jersey and other states have received reports of sick or dying birds with eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs.

Birds congregating at bird feeders and bird baths can transmit diseases to one another.  This temporary halt on feeders is in an effort to prevent further spread of the illness.  At this time of year, birds are able to find plenty of natural foods on the landscape without the need of bird seed.
This advisory is supported by MassWildlife and Mass Audubon.
To learn more, visit the Mass.gov website here.

If you choose to leave your feeder up, it’s important to practice smart feeding practices. The Wild Bird Feeding Institute recommends:

  1. Cleaning feeders weekly with a 9:1 bleach solution
  2. Cleaning birdbaths regularly with the same 9:1 bleach solution
  3. Taking down only the feeders or accessories that may allow bird waste to accumulate
  4. Keeping cats indoors
  5. Never touch or handfeed wild birds

Learn more about the Wild Bird Feeding Institute here.
Agway of Cape Cod is committed to helping our customers foster healthy communities and living environments both inside and outside the home.  We are following this matter closely and will post updates accordingly.