OHIO – Throught the summer Ohio Division of Wildlife has recommended that birds not be fed at the risk of an unknown disease that was blinding birds. Now the Division is lifting that recommendation with caution.
“Caution and vigilance are always necessary to help prevent further spread of diseases at bird feeders,” said the department.
They have recommended the following:
Reports of sick or dead birds possibly affected with the mysterious bird illness in Ohio have slowed considerably. A majority of birds reported with the illness were immature or fledgling birds, and the breeding season is now primarily over.
There is still no diagnosis on the cause of the mysterious bird illness. Research is ongoing at multiple labs.
Many other songbird diseases can be passed through feeding. It is important to keep feeders clean: use a 10% bleach solution (1 part bleach, 9 parts water), rinse, and let dry at least once a week. Take a break (7-10 days) from feeding if you see sick or dead birds. This prevents birds from congregating and passing transmissible diseases.
Symptoms of diseases such as house finch eye disease and salmonellosis include reddish or crusty eyes, and neurological conditions such as poor balance and coordination.