Feed the birds
Feeding the birds in Winter
Feed the birds
As we are experiencing a weather cold spell please remember to feed the birds, and ensure that they have fresh water to drink and bath in.
There is a huge range of feed on offer for birds and variety is as always best. You can choose from:
Peanuts, Wild bird seed, Black Sunflower Seed, Nyjer seed, Fat balls, Suet blocks. You will need feeders to hold the food for the birds to eat from , you can choose from Seed holders, Peanut holders, Nyjer feeder, Suet block holders, Fat ball holders depending on what it is that you are feeding them.
Most popular and attract the widest range of birds. Be sure to only use good seed as mouldy seed can kill them. Peanuts are the most popular food for garden birds and attract a wide range of species. When feeding during the spring and summer ensure all peanuts are fed from a mesh peanut feeder, as whole peanuts can be harmful to young birds.
Black sunflower seed is a highly nutritious and popular food for birds, especially the tits and finches. It has a higher oil level and energy value than the striped-shell variety of sunflower seed, often sold alongside. Also available is mixed wild bird seed, offering a greater range of seeds to attract the wild bird into the garden. There is also Nyjer seed more suitable for finches and small birds.
Don’t waste any fat! It’s a nutritious food for garden birds. Lumps of suet may be hung out, and meat trimmings, baconrinds and table scraps will also be eaten gratefully. The large ‘Fat Balls’ often prove highly popular. And are a great source of food for birds when it is cold.
Rules of Feeding
1. Feed regularly: don’t put out lots of feeders and then forget to refill them. Birds can become dependant on a food source during harsh weather.
2. Only use fresh peanuts and seed. Do not feed mouldy, wrinkled or wizened peanuts or seed.
3. Ensure fresh water is always available for drinking and bathing. Be sure to remove the ice in cold weather so that birds can drink.
4. Birds often feed on the ground below a feeder. Make sure that there is no shrubbery nearby that could conceal a cat, and try to keep all feeders at least 5-6 feet above the ground.
5. Remember to wash all feeders and to change the water in the bird bath on a regular basis.
Can I feed all year round?
Winter is not the only time we can help birds by feeding them – feeding between the months of April and October can also be helpful, as there is a great demand on natural resources due to the increase in hungry mouths to feed. Only put out peanuts in a fine mesh container so that parent birds cannot take large pieces that might cause young chicks to choke, and avoid fats completely. Safe foods to use at this time of year include sunflower seeds, pinhead oatmeal, sultanas, raisins,
currants and mealworms.