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It’s very sad, we had this when Greenfinch and Chaffinch populations were severly depleted (by about 50%) with Trichomoniasis, transmitted like wild fire through feeding stations where birds come into close proximity and in contact with contaminated feeders and water. It is why it is crucial to observe good hygiene regimens to ensure birds are always using clean water and clean feeders.
Hygene & Disease Outbreaks of disease may occur in populations of wild birds wherever they occur, including those visiting gardens. Because garden birdwatchers take so much interest in the birds visiting their gardens, they may occasionally come across diseased birds and a number of different...
I guess that’s up to Admin - you could always suggest putting a link to the main sticky from the top of the Food and Feeders forum - it’s certainly a very important issue.
I would say that there has been so much publicity (at least in the UK) about the importance of keeping feeders/water baths clean that if people don’t keep them clean, it’s more a case of laziness or lack of time. No amount of ‘in your face’ will make much more difference in those cases but it doesn’t hurt to keep reminding people.