Proven Bird Feeding Tips to Keep Birdseed Fresh
Keep your seed, suet and sugar water feeders filled and clean to attract more birds to your backyard.
Keep the birds in your backyard happy and healthy with these bird feeding tips.
Add More Feeders
Crowded spaces can quickly lead to messy surroundings. This is true in many aspects of life, and it’s also true for birds. If you have a single bird feeder constantly being mobbed by visitors, then maybe it’s time to put out another one. This will instantly alleviate all the traffic going to a single source, and it’ll help keep your feeding space cleaner longer. Check out the 10 types of bird feeders you need.
Refill After Rain
No one likes to eat soggy food, and birds, too, will avoid food that has been out in the rain. Even when it dries, the food is usually moldy, a potential hazard. If you can, set feeders up under a protected area, away from the rain and damp conditions. If this isn’t an option, then be sure to clean them out after a storm or shower.
Good Storage Habits
The seed you use is only as good as your storage method. Let’s face it—feeding birds is an investment. That’s why it’s worth spending some time and effort to come up with a good seed storage solution. Ideally, you’ll store your seeds in a sealed container, away from mice, squirrels and other critters. This will keep your area tidy and birds healthy. Follow these tips to create a bird-safe backyard.
Clean With Bleach
A good rule of thumb is to clean your feeders at least once with every new season. Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned more often, every week during the height of the season. All you need is a little bit of bleach and a stiff brush to give them a good cleaning. Scrub with a mixture of 9 parts water to 1 part bleach. Rinse well and let dry before filling them.
No Moldy Seed
Nyjer thistle seed can get moldy fast, especially in a new feeder that birds haven’t found yet. An easy solution? Fill your feeder only halfway and clean it out regularly. These are the three types of seeds birds love best.