Basic Tips For Choosing A Wild Bird Feeder
Easy to clean.
Wet, stale or damp food invites bacteria, and mold which could harm the birds that are feeding from them. You need to clean the bird feeder on a regular basis, just as if you were caring for a household pet.
The squirrels are pesky little pests, and eat more than peanuts. They are scavengers that will keep your birdfeeder empty When choosing a wild bird feeder, there are specifics that the homeowner should look for.
They should be easy to fill with fresh food.
Fresh food is a must.
It is important that you avoid foods like suet, which is great for the winter, yet will spoil easily during the summer months. Sunflowers are favorites for some birds, but they have a tendency to spoil as well.
. You can squirrel proof them with metal around the feeding holes to keep them out. There are bird feeders that have built in squirrel barriers.
Types of Wild Bird Feeders
Wood Bird Feeders Are The Best Choice
Wood is the best type of bird feeder, however, it should be made out of cedar. Cedar is resistant to pests, mold, rot and moisture from the elements. Of course, other types should be painted or constructed with non-toxic paint and materials.
The best wood for bird feeders is cedar. Cedar is resistant to pests, wood rot, and moisture.
Other types of wooden feeders should be painted with non-toxic paints.
Wild bird feeders, made of other materials, should be non-toxic as well.
Keeping the squirrels out of the wild bird feeder can be challenging at times. Platform bird feeders are set on poles, or even hung in the trees. They can also be set on the ground for your ground feeding birds.
Platform and hopper bird feeders attract a variety of birds. They both can be attached to a pole, or hung. The main difference is that the Hopper wild bird feeders often have a plexiglass enclosure around the food and are great for both small and the larger birds such as Blue Jays.
The Hopper usually has a roof that can be removed making it easy to place the food inside. Hoppers hold most types of wild bird food.
Tubular Wild Bird Feeders
Tube feeders are long cylinders with perches at the feeding ports.
They are available in upside-down and seed tray models.
Tube feeders discourage squirrels.
Used primarily for small birds such as chickadees, titmice, woodpeckers, nuthatches and finches.
The perches on tube feeders are small and discourage large birds such as cardinals, blue jays, grackles, blackbirds and doves.
The feeding holes are large enough for sunflower seeds to fit through, but there are some that are made for smaller food such as tiny thistle or niger seeds.
Special Attention Required
Make sure there is no dead space at the bottom port. Seed can collect, rot and mold.