Choosing and Caring for a Birdfeeder
Caring for a birdfeeder is easy; it is keeping it full of bird food that is the tricky bit. A bird’s appetite can be extremely impressive so this article should help you to learn how to care for birdfeeders. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
Birdfeeders – Metal Vs Wood Vs Plastic
- The majority of birdfeeders are made from wood but you should remember that wood rots and weathers reasonably fast so your birdfeeder might need replacing every few years. Be careful if you decide to waterproof your birdfeeder as these chemicals can easily get where they aren’t wanted if birds are pecking at the wood.
- If you have a plastic birdfeeder you will find that they weather much better and will last longer. You will find that some plastic birdfeeders fall subject to damage by squirrels.
- Metal birdfeeders will last a long time and not get damaged by other animals. Metal does however rust so you will need to look at your birdfeeder to make sure that it is in good condition. If you notice any rust then you might need to spray paint the birdfeeder.
Where to Place your Birdfeeder?
- Do not put your birdfeeder where it is impossible to get at. You will need to keep it clean and full with seeds so make sure it is in easy reach.
- It is a common misconception that birdfeeders have to be positioned away from the house this is not necessarily true. If you place the feeder next to a window and there is movement inside the house then you might notice some disturbance.
- If you can it is a good idea to place your birdfeeder underneath a shelter so that it is away from snow, ice and any other bad weather.
- You should make sure that you clean out your birdfeeder regularly. You might find that there are solidified seeds at the bottom of the birdfeeder which you should remove.
- If you only use your birdfeeder during the winter it is important that you give it a thorough clean before use if it has been sitting outside for the rest of the year.
Filling your Birdfeeder
- You will need to think about the type of seed you want to fill your birdfeeder with, as different seeds attract different birds.
- A general mix of bird seed is good because you will attract different birds.
Winter Vs Summer
- If you want to feed the birds all year round then you will need to give your birdfeeder a thorough cleaning twice a year.