Hoosiers in 76 counties can resume feeding birds

STATEWIDE — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has announced that Hoosiers in 76 counties – including Ripley, Decatur, and Dearborn counties — can resume feeding birds.

Residents were asked in late June to remove their bird feeders because of an unknown illness that was killing birds.

Although bird feeders can be put back up in our area, the DNR is recommending that seed and suet feeders should be cleaned at least once every two weeks by scrubbing feeders with soap and water, followed by a short soak in a 10% bleach solution.

Feeders should be thoroughly rinsed and dried before being filled with birdseed.

Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned at least once a week with a 10% bleach solution and rinsed thoroughly.

DNR recommends that residents of Allen, Carroll, Clark, Floyd, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Lake, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Porter, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, and Whitley counties continue to refrain from feeding birds.

For more details, visit on.IN.gov/sickwildlife.