|my sick House Finch|
|the House finch scratching its eyes against the roof gutter.|
Hence our Eastern House Finches are all inbred and genetically inferior - and thus more susceptible to this disease.
So what to do about my little sick House Finch? I didn't want it to infect the other finches at the bird feeder. I tried disinfecting the bird feeder every day and limiting the amount of time it was up, but the sick bird still hung around the bird feeder quite a bit. And when I thought I spotted another House Finch that had swollen eyes a couple days later, I knew it was time - I had to take down the bird feeder and let the birds disperse.
|House Finch Eye Disease has taken its toll|
It is recommended that the feeders stay down for at least two weeks when there is disease going around. I've had them down for over a month now as I've been too busy to put them back up, but soon I'll hang them back up for the fall migrating birds and for my winter residents.
And hopefully by then all my birds will be healthy and clear-eyed.