Choosing the Right Bird Feeders
So what are the right bird feeders for you? What birds do you want to feed and attract to your yard?
What birds can you deter?
You came to the right place my friend.
They can be as simple or as
elaborate as you want it to be.
On this site, we will break down types and
After you are done, you will know what best fits your
Why you may ask?
The feeder is almost as important as the feed and seed you want to
put in it.
Remember now, so much depends on where you live and what birds you
Birds like juncos, buntings, sparrows and doves are by nature
ground feeding birds.
These birds will come to feeders like platforms and
cardinals and doves will gladly use hoppers and seed trays.
Finches, red polls and chickadees, nuthatches and titmice can cling to just
about anything and specialty feeders work well here.
Suet feeders and peanut feeders are wonderful for woodpeckers and many
More then 40 years ago, I began feeding birds in the winter only.
up cracked corn on a very simple homemade platform feeder.
A few years
later, my folks bought there first bird feeder and then a few more.
and dad were hooked.
By the time I left home, they had an elaborate system set up right outside
their sliding glass doors.
It was a huge platform and four posts with
several types of bird feeders hanging from them. There were various tube
feeders and suet sacks.
They didn't miss a trick.
Do you want to hang one from a window?
Maybe mount a bird
feeder on your deck.
You can even create your own feeding stations
much like my parents.
Now days, feeding birds is
limited only by your imagination and finances.
There are a several types of feeders to chose from and all of those bird
feeders come in different styles and sizes.
There are tube feeders, hoppers, platforms, suet feeders and nectar
They are designed to keep squirrels off and
different shapes and sizes just for small birds like finches and chickadees.
They are made of plastic, glass, metal and wood.
are made with a combination of materials.
So what is the right feeder?
I'm going to give you some ideas on manufacturers.
What they make,
why it is a good or bad feeder and you will have an educated idea on
what to look for and why.
Click on the following links and go from there. Happy reading.
Tube feeders. Hoppers, platforms, finch feeders, peanut feeders
What to Look for when Buying Tube Feeders
Quality tube feeders save time and money in the long run.
There are several styles of
Finch Feeders. What to Look for.
What to Look for in a Hopper Feeder.
What You Need to know about Platform Feeders.
Birds love suet. you can attract woodpeckers and other birds
By Adding Suet Feeders to Your Yard.
Where do You Place Your Feeder?
Feeder placement can mean life or death for the birds.
Get back to Feeding Birds. Minimize Squirrels and Other Feeder Pests.
Cats are Feeder Pests too, What can You do.
Specialty Bird Feeders Fill a need and Attract Certain Birds.
It is so important to keep your feeders clean to minimize sickness.
Wash and sanitize your feeders often.
Soak and scrub them in a 10% chlorine bleach solution.
Me, I like to use a good powdered oxygen bleach like Oxy-Boost. The scrubbing action of the bubbles loosens the grime and it safely sanitizes with no harmful chemical residue to worry about.
If you are to busy to clean your feeders, A good spray of rubbing alcohol will give you a quick sanitizing. The alcohol kills off the germs and evaporates quickly leaving no harmful chemical behind.
This is only a temporary fix, do not substitute a good cleaning.
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