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Everything Animals: Bird feeder safety

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Help prevent disease in your pets and your backyard birds.  Scrub out your bird feeders every couple weeks with non-toxic soap and water, and allow them to dry well. Mold can grow in the bottom of the feeder, too, which is quite toxic to birds. Clean up the seed and droppings from under the feeders and prevent dogs from contacting it. Wash your hands well after the clean-up. These simple acts can help protect your pets, back yard wildlife, and you from being infected with Salmonella.

Animal expert Dr. Steven Metz is here to talk about how to correctly clean out your bird feeders.

Another reminder: Black bears will soon be emerging from their winter dens in Vermont, looking for food sources.  Removing your bird feeders now will prevent attracting a bear to your home with the temptation of birdseed.

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