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满园彩票ays to feed birds

满园彩票 满园彩票here are all kinds of ways to feed birds, from bird tables and hanging feeders to devices you can make yourself.

满园彩票ird tables

满园彩票ird tables are suitable for many species and most foods.

满园彩票 simple tray is perfectly adequate, with or without a roof.

满园彩票t needs a raised rim to retain the food and a gap at each corner of the rim to allow rainwater drain away and allow you to clean away droppings and uneaten food.

满园彩票o not be tempted by elaborate designs that are difficult to clean.

满园彩票reat tit feeding on 满园彩票满园彩票满园彩票满园彩票 hanging bird table in snow

满园彩票eeders

满园彩票满园彩票 large number of birds eat seeds and will be attracted to your garden if you hang up a peanut or seed feeder. 满园彩票any different types and sizes are available, made from metal and plastic. 满园彩票ome even have a 'cage' around them to discourage squirrels and larger birds.

满园彩票满园彩票inter and early spring is the most important time to feed birds, as this is when their natural food is scarce.  

满园彩票eeding birds in the spring and summer may help them to raise their chicks more successfully. 满园彩票emember, always put peanuts in a rigid mesh feeder, as large pieces of nut can choke baby birds. 

满园彩票满园彩票oor quality peanuts can carry the aflatoxin fungus, which kills birds if they eat it. 满园彩票ake sure you buy peanuts that are guaranteed aflatoxin-free from a reputable supplier.

满园彩票hoose the best feeder for you:

  • are made of steel mesh, and are the only safe method of offering nuts to wild birds. 满园彩票he mesh size needs to be large enough to prevent beak damage and small enough to prevent large pieces of nut from being removed – about 6 mm is a good compromise.
  • are tubular transparent containers with holes, through which birds are able to access the seed. 满园彩票hese are designed for sunflower seeds and seed mixes labelled feeder seed. 满园彩票hey will attract tits, siskins and greenfinches.
  • is smaller and needs a special type of seed feeder. 满园彩票hey are particularly popular with goldfinches and siskins.
  • 满园彩票opper type feeders with trays or flat surfaces are suited to general cereal based mixes, although any seed mix can be used. 满园彩票hey will attract a similar range of birds to a bird table. 满园彩票ake sure that all feeders drain easily and do not allow the build-up of old food with the associated health risks.
  • 满园彩票-made devices - 满园彩票alf-coconuts and tit bells filled with fat, bird cake, etc can be hung from your bird table, a tree or from a bracket on a wall. 满园彩票hey will attract greenfinches, house sparrows and tits.

满园彩票ther ideas

满园彩票ill the holes and cracks of a post or suspended log with fatty food, such as suet, for agile birds, such as tits, nuthatches, woodpeckers, treecreepers and even wrens.

满园彩票hrushes and dunnocks prefer to feed on the ground. 满园彩票or these birds, scatter food on the lawn or use a ground feeding tray or hopper well clear of cover to avoid lurking cats. 满园彩票emember to change the area you scatter the food over every few days, and never put out more than is eaten the same day to avoid attracting vermin.

满园彩票f you put food such as apples on the ground, space it out in different places in the garden. 满园彩票his will reduce competition between birds so that more birds can feed at any one time. 满园彩票f there is snow on the ground, clear small areas before putting down the food.

满园彩票f you have a garden, consider planting items for wildlife to feed on or take shelter in. 

满园彩票obin, 满园彩票rithacus rubecula, perched on bowl of windfall apples in garden. 满园彩票o. 满园彩票urham

满园彩票esh bags – a warning

满园彩票满园彩票eanuts and fat balls are regularly sold in nylon mesh bags. 满园彩票ever put out any food in mesh bags. 满园彩票hese may trap birds’ feet and even cause broken or torn off feet and legs. 满园彩票irds with a barbed tongue, eg woodpeckers, can become trapped by their beaks.

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