Birdfeeding Tips

Bird feeding can be enjoyable, entertaining and educational hobby that will last all year long. Depending on the types of seed you buy and the species of birds living in your area, bird feeding can be an extremely rewarding endeavor.

If you want to establish a new birdfeeder, place it in an area that bird can find it easily. Birds can find your new feeder by sight. When one bird finds your feeder, other birds will come around as well. A new birdfeeder can be frightening to birds so it may take a few weeks for birds to gain the confidence to check it out. When your bird feeder becomes active with birds, let it sit for a few weeks to gauge how often you will need to refill it.

If you are having problems with bird feed spilling, consider using a different type of feeder. Try different mixes of larger seeds or put something beneath your feeder in order to make cleaning up a little easier. Cleaning up after your birds will help to reduce the number of ground feeders in the area. Theses little pests, such as squirrels, chipmunks, and other predatory animals can attack ground feeding birds and thus scare away your birds.

Location of your bird feeders is key. On one hand, placing your feeder in an open area can help minimize intrusions by squirrels. However, feeders placed in open areas tend to make your visiting friends vulnerable to attacks by flying predators. Keep in mind theses dangers when you are trying to locate a place to put up your feeders.

You should make sure you refill your feeder regularly so that birds keep coming around. During the winter it is especially important that you continue regular feeding. Birds tend to have few natural food sources during the winter months, so they will rely on you for subsistence during that time. If you plan to stop bird feeding, try to wait until spring time to stop feeding since natural food will be more available to them.

Birds also need a ready source of water. This is especially true during the summer months. You can provide a birdbath or another source of water for them. Birds do not take baths during the winter since and can normally find enough moisture from snowfall on the ground or in trees.

Your feathered friends digest their food with a special organ called a gizzard. Birds tend to look for pebbles or other types of grit to help their digestion work properly. You can offer grit along with your bird feeders in the winter so that your birds have an ample supply available. Do not mix the grit into the feed itself. Try placing it in a small dish near the feeding station.

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