Quick Bird Feeding Tips
Here are tips for making your bird feeding more successful. They're adapted from the Non-game Wildlife Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Five Ways to Double the Number of Bird Species at Your Feeders:
2. Provide water in all four seasons. It's best if the water is dripping,
3. Use at least 8 to 12 feeders in your yard, grouping them together in 2 or 3 clusters.
4. Provide protection from predators by placing feeders in the open, at least 10 feet away from anything that might hide a predator. This allows you to protect the birds. You can also fence off an area with chicken wire or rabbit fencing (a wire with openings no larger than 2 inches by 4 inches and at least 30 inches high).
5. Clean the bird feeders and the surrounding ground area regularly.
Top Ten Bird Foods :
Bird Feed Basics
For thousands of years, people have been feeding birds. In our hurried lives, there are few other activities that bring us such beauty, entertainment, and sense of closeness to nature. Feeding birds has a strong, positive effect on the bird population. Over the past few decades, there has been a remarkable increase in the overall number of birds and bird varieties seen in our yards. Although birds can be fed year-round, most bird feeding is done in winter. Insects, seed and water are more difficult to find at these times. Deciding what to feed birds can be a big decision, since there are so many types of feed available. Choosing a mixture of feeds will attract a variety of birds. Commercially available foods are seeds, fats or nuts. You can also supplement this selection with fruits and baked goods. This information sheet will provide you with the basics about the different types of feeds, and what Bachman's has available. Pick up a copy of our handout Minnesota Birds, to find out what type food is the favorite of the birds that come into your yard.
Seeds for Feeding Birds
Fat for Feeding Birds
Various types of nuts, such as peanuts and pecans, provide protein, fat and minerals for birds. An affordable alternative to nuts is peanut butter, which can be mixed with suet or birdseed for a high-protein supplement.
Feeding Fruits and Baked Goods
Jays, grosbeaks and woodpeckers are drawn to fruits such as oranges, apples, raisins, berries and bananas. These same birds and more will also be drawn to whole grain bread, biscuits, muffins, cake, crackers and cookies.
Grit for Birds
Since birds do not have teeth with which to chew their food, they need grit. Grit, such as sand, gravel, crushed oyster shell or eggshells, is used to grind food in their gizzards. In nature, birds pick up grit with their food. In your backyard (especially in winter), it helps to provide a source of this needed material.
The single most important thing you can provide birds during the winter is a source of water. Birds can spend a tremendous amount of energy just keeping warm when they have to rely on snow as their source of water. Consider installing a heater in your birdbath or put out a shallow dish of warm water at least once a day.
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