Date: 6/19/18 10:49 am From: Elise W <ewolf97...> Subject: [COBOL] dead finches
Judy is right. Take down all feeders. Soak in a 10% bleach solution. Wash again with soap and water to get bleach film off, then rinse 4 times. Dry completely.
Leave down for a couple days to get sick birds moved off.
Wash bird baths too. Never use wood. Or if you do soak the you know out of it.
Diseases: house finch disease is conjunctivitis, affecting the eyes. However, it can make them just be ill without obvious eye crustiness. These birds starve to death, and you will see an otherwise "healthy" bird simply sitting at the feeder, often in the lower tray. his is more likely than salmonella with the finches (yes Goldfinches are getting this now, super sad). Pine siskins tend to be more vulnerable to salmonella, but that can affect any bird as well. As can, coccidia, giardia, respiratory illness, parasites, etc.
If this was a family, then they could all be seriously affected by parasites (mites, internal). bust most likely house finch disease.
If you get me a bird, I will assess.
Elise Wolf Native Bird Care Sisters, OR 541-728-8208