Set Out a Feast for your Feathered Friends

Written by Debbie Rodgers

February is “Feedrepparttar Birds” month in much of North America. And what great timing! If you’re going through a cold winter, you can helprepparttar 116292 wintering birds that are going through it with you. If you live further south, you’ll have not only year-round feathered friends to feed, but also an influx of migrating visitors from colder climates.

If you grow native plants in your garden, chances are good you already have quite a few feathered visitors already. If you’d like to supplement that, or if nothing in your garden attracts birds, here are some tips for successful birdfeeder use.

There are three main factors to consider when you choose where to place a feeder:

•There must be easy year-round access. You’ll have to clean and fillrepparttar 116293 feeder in all types of weather.

•There will always be debris under a bird feeding station, such as discarded shells, bird droppings, and so on. Choose a location where this can be easily cleaned up.

•If there are squirrels in your neighborhood, you’ll want to placerepparttar 116294 feeder where they can’t reach it. Sure, they’re cute but they won’t share their food withrepparttar 116295 birds. The best solution for this problem is a pole-mounted feeder (the pole should be a least 10 feet fromrepparttar 116296 nearest tree limb or trunk) that is either “squirrel-proof” or protected by a baffle.

The first priority withrepparttar 116297 seed in a feeder is to keep it dry. Seed will spoil quickly when it gets damp or wet and can breed diseases like salmonella.

•Look for feeders with some type of roof or dome to keep out direct rain water.

•Be sure there are drainage holes inrepparttar 116298 bottom of bothrepparttar 116299 seed hopper and any seed tray.

•Cleanrepparttar 116300 bird feeder regularly. How often will depend onrepparttar 116301 weather andrepparttar 116302 type of feeder you’ve chosen.

Birds are notoriously picky eaters and they will methodically discard most ofrepparttar 116303 seeds in a seed mix to get to their favorite. Seeds that wind up onrepparttar 116304 ground are likely to be contaminated by dampness and bird droppings and will be unappetizing torepparttar 116305 birds. If you leaverepparttar 116306 debris there, you will most likely attract rodents.

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