Plans For Bird Feeders

Attract the birds you love to watch by following these simple plans about bird feeders, a plan that is sure to keep your birds coming back.

There are many different types of birdfeeders. You may want to make sure that the feeder that you choose is made from durable materials which will make it practical to care for. Feeders made from metal, ceramic, plastic and wood tend to last longer than those made from vinyl, nylon or cloth netting. A feeder that has a drainage hole beneath the seed tray and feeder hopper will protect the seed from moisture, rain and water. To care for the feeder check it frequently for clogging of the drainage hole. It is important to keep the drain clean from bird droppings and wet seed by washing it out at least once month. Feeders can be washed in hot water with some disinfectant to remove any left over food mess. The area on the ground beneath the feeder needs to be kept tidy also.

Where should I put my birdfeeder to prevent unwanted visiters?

Once you have selected your bird feeder, there are some factors you will want to consider concerning its placement. Pick a spot where you would like to watch your birds. Outside windows are nice as long as the window is one that is convenient to get to for maintenance. Remember that it needs to be cleaned frequently so should be near an accessible location. Try to place your feeder away from places that squirrels can get to. If you have a lot of squirrels where you live, you may want to choose a feeder that is the pole-mounted metal type versus one that hangs on a tree. Apply a heavy coat of petroleum jelly to the birdfeeder pole. The squirrels cannot climb it and the jelly won't hurt them. When the jelly wears off, just re-apply it.

What kind of food should I put in the feeder?

It is possible to control what kinds of birds visit your feeder by the types of seeds you offer. Different varieties of birds eat different varieties of seeds. In addition to wild berries and commercially prepared foods, sunflower seeds are the most popular. Many birds also like seeds from watermelons, squash and pumpkins. Some grains used in mixes like oats, wheat, flax, buckwheat, and corn are less popular. Try to limit the feed to one type of food. Additional birdfeeders can be put up if you want to have a variety of different seeds. Always keep the feeder tray full or the birds will begin to look for another source of food elsewhere and will quit visiting. If you start feeding in the winter months, keep it up the entire winter. Once they become dependent upon your help, it is difficult for them to locate food on their own.

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