Date: 10/10/18 3:05 pm
From: Sara Caulk <srsttsclk...>
Subject: Re: Eye mites?
It is also important to clean, disinfect, and keep fresh water in your

On Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 11:05 AM plm108 <plm108...> wrote:

> Good chance it's Conjunctivitis. Here are some guidelines to help reduce
> its spread (from Cornell University):
> *Bird-Feeding Guidelines:*
> 1. Space your feeders widely to discourage crowding.
> 2. Clean your feeders on a regular basis with a 10% bleach solution (1
> part bleach and 9 parts water) and be sure to remove any build-ups of dirt
> around the food openings. Allow your feeders to dry completely before
> rehanging them.
> 3. Rake the area underneath your feeder to remove droppings and old,
> moldy seed.<
> 4. If you see one or two diseased birds, take your feeder down
> immediately and clean it with a 10% bleach solution.
> Patty McLean
> Atlanta GA and Conway AR
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Joe Tucker <000001df0ca37a3b-dmarc-request...>
> Date: 10/10/18 10:17 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: <ARBIRD-L...>
> Subject: Eye mites?
> I went out to my suet feeder this morning to fill it and on one of my
> gravity seed feeders sat a male House Finch. What immediately struck me was
> the fact it did not fly away as I was standing a mere two feet from it. My
> firs thought was it was a baby newly fledged, but no, to late in the
> season, and it was fully feathered and colored. As I looked closely t
> it, both eyes were crusted over. It simply could not see me. I went into
> the house to get my camera and it had hopped to my Holly bush. I managed
> a couple of pics when its left eye managed to open enough to see me and it
> flew away.
> My question to the group is: Have you seen this? Is it most likely a
> really bad case of eye mites? I know this poor bird is doomed. I could
> not see where it flew to in the adjacent tree.

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