In January, the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) admitted 43 pine siskin birds with many of them showing signs of disease and few surviving. (BC SPCA photo)

In January, the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) admitted 43 pine siskin birds with many of them showing signs of disease and few surviving. (BC SPCA photo)

BC SPCA advises to remove bird feeders after salmonella outbreak

The BC SPCA is asking the public to temporarily remove backyard bird feeders in order to stop the spread of a deadly salmonella outbreak that has spread throughout the province. They advise the outbreak is specifically affecting pine siskin birds.

“2021 has gotten off to a rough start for pine siskins on southern Vancouver Island and the rest of the province with a deadly outbreak of salmonella,” says Andrea Wallace, manager of wild animal welfare.

So far in January, the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) has admitted 43 pine siskin birds with many of them showing signs of disease but few surviving.

“Salmonella is a severe and contagious disease so we’re asking people to temporarily remove, or at the very least clean, their bird feeders and bird baths to prevent further spread of the disease,” says Wallace.

The BC SPCA recognizes that bird feeding, though a popular activity, carries risks. Backyard bird feeders can facilitate the spread of disease, provide inadequate nutrition and increase the risk of window strikes, predation and conflicts with other wild animals.

Prevent disease outbreaks by regularly cleaning your feeder:

• Discard any remaining seed before cleaning

• Wash feeder with soap and water – use a bottle brush for small spaces

• Wash feeder again with a 10% bleach solution

• Rinse and air-dry completely

• Fill with fresh seed

Except for liquid feeders (e.g. hummingbird nectar feeders), the BC SPCA recommends only providing bird feeders in winter between October and March. In the spring and summer months, there is lots of natural food for birds.

If you see sick birds at your feeder, or in the area, immediately remove or clean your bird feeders to help curb the disease. Sick birds may appear lethargic, unusually “fluffed up”, and show signs of irritation around the eyes. Contact the BC SPCA at 1-855-622-7722 for advice or for help finding your local wildlife rehabilitation centre.

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