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Feeding wild birds

Keep these charming creatures on your acreage with these tips.
  • Select your feeder

    Base your choice off of two things - design and durability. The feeder should be able to withstand harsh conditions and attacks from other animals that prey on birds or on their food (squirrels, hawks, etc.)

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Feeding
  • What type of birds are you trying to attract?

    Finches like hanging feeders; evening grosbeaks prefer simple platform feeders and many birds will eat at both.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Feeding
  • Don't be over-protective

    Place your feeder in an area away from protective covers. Birds will use shrubbery or trees to hide from predators; you don't need to shield them.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Feeding
  • Keep predators at bay

    You can purchase equipment to fend off pesky animals. A squirrel baffle discourages squirrels from stealing seed by providing a dome encasement over the top of the feeder. Pole mounts keep squirrels, cats, raccoons and other uninvited guests off feeders.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Feeding
  • Avoid poisons

    Federal law protects eagles, owls and hawks. Poisoning them could end up being a costly fine for you.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Feeding
  • Control the birds

    Too many birds aren't always a good thing. With an influx in birds and not enough space, not everyone will be fed. Instead, space feeders out around your acreage. If your yard is a bit smaller, try putting out smaller amounts of seed, buy specialty seed or use a restrictive feeder.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Feeding
  • Different birds like different foods

    There are a variety of seeds that birds love to devour. Do your research and find what your favorite wild bird likes to eat. Nuthatches and woodpeckers like suet whereas goldfinches, purple finches and pine siskins prefer niger thistle seed.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Feeding
  • Learn how to deal with problem birds

    It's likely that you'll find a few pesky birds you don't want around while bird watching. House sparrows and blue jays are especially aggressive. Provide a mixture of cracked corn and white proso millet on a platform feeder to push them away. To get rid of house sparrows, feed other birds straight black sunflower seed.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Feeding
  • Be tidy!

    A key aspect to maintaining wildlife on your acreage is cleanliness. Salmonella can grow in moldy, wet seed and from bird droppings in your feeder tray. Clean bird feeders at least once a season, once a week if it's a hummingbird feeder. Dump out any remaining contents and scrub with soap and water. Dip it into a solution of one part bleach and nine parts water, rinse well and dry thoroughly.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Feeding
  • They won't go hungry

    Don't worry; your feeder isn't the only source of food for wild birds. If it seems as though you're hardly getting any bird attention, it could simply be that there is ample delicious vegetation for them to enjoy. And although you may think differently, the birds will survive just fine in the winter, but they do appreciate your feeder for extra food!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 29, 2012
    Tags: Birds, Feeding
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