Tips for getting the most out of your bird feeding experience: Credit: iStock Images 1. Provide fresh water to birds regularly. Water …
Tips for getting the most out of your bird feeding experience:
1. Provide fresh water to birds regularly.
Water is as vital for their wellbeing as food and nesting. Birds need water for both drinking and keeping themselves clean.
2. The place of the feeders should be safely away from cats or other predators.
Birds weigh up the risks between getting attacked and the need to drink and eat.
3. Feeders should be placed with the following in mind:
Readily available for refill and cleaning, offering a clear view for observation, sheltered from heavy rain and strong winds.
4. Clean the feeders at least once per month.
Food should be replaced in case of moisture or mold, and the feeder cleaned. Replace water 3 to 4 days. Watch for dropped feathers as they may cause contamination.
5. Watch out for bird diseases around your feeder:
Look for strange behavior in birds like lethargy, lack of aloofness or appearing ill. Lesions or some growths on birds’ bodies or legs could be a sign of a bird disease. To prevent spreading the disease, immediately clean thoroughly the feeder and replace the food.
6. Introduce children to the amazing diversity of birds.
Help them develop a sense of care and respect to Nature by taking part in building and painting their own bird feeder or nest-box. They will love to watch birds at the feeder and guess their species.