Bird Feeding: 3 Practical Tips for the Novice FeederDarnell Rollison April 11, 2018 0 COMMENTS
For beginners, there are specific things to understand regarding bird feeding to make the activity as efficient as possible.
1. Use different kinds of bird feeders
Like humans, birds have their own diet preferences. Hence, compare plastic hummingbird feeders, nectar feeders, suet feeders, open feeders, feeders with trays or even perches and see which feeder best suits your objective.
Doing so maximizes feeding and will attract more species into your backyard. Never leave the feeders empty for long. It could prompt birds to think your feeders are an unreliable food source, which would drive birds away.
2. Learn what and what not to feed birds
Our feathered friends need nutritious feeds too. So as a novice, you need to learn about the foods that the birds will surely eat. Bread, cookies, potato chips, raw meat, are unhealthy foods for birds.
Of course, you cannot serve them with spoiled seed and old nectar. This is also the reason you need to shake the feeder before refilling it so you won't accidentally give them spoiled or compacted seeds. Additionally, don't dump out the seeds anywhere; discard them to the right bin.
3. Learn how to store seeds
Now that you know which feeds and bird seeds to use, you might as well learn how to store them properly.
Birdseeds mostly have a long shelf life. However, part of such longevity relies on proper storage. And there are consequences to mindlessly stashing the bird seeds anywhere, without much thought. This could lead to spoilage which then attracts rodents and other insects.
Stale birdseeds, even when not invaded by pests, are less nutritious due to drying out. This too doesn't attract as many birds.
If you want to take this hobby seriously, you need to invest in learning what you can and cannot do. A mistake may lead to endangering the lives of the birds, and you don't want that to happen. No one does. So, learn the basics first before proceeding.