While it would be great if you could just put up a bird feeder, fill it with seed and forget it, there actually is some maintenance involved. Wet moldy seed can collect in crevices and on damp spots and 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 be spending hours and hours scrubbing them. So I’ve come up with two strategies to make the process quicker and easier.