Feeding Birds Efficiently
Many of us are choosing to spend more time at home,
and searching for ways to make our days more relaxing and enjoyable.
Feeding birds, one of the nation's most popular hobbies, is a great
way to enjoy nature and relieve stress. For those of us who are new
to the hobby or are thinking about getting involved, bird feeding
can seem like an extravagant hobby. There are, however, several ways
to make bird feeding a bit more time and cost efficient so that you
spend more time enjoying the hobby. Make sound birding choices by
using high quality feeders, minimizing seed waste, and by buying and
storing feed properly.
A great starting point for efficient bird feeding is to ensure you
have a good quality feeder. Such feeders, made with quality
materials and parts, tend to last for quite some time and easily
withstand the elements no matter your region. While they may be a
higher expense in the beginning, well made feeders can pay for
themselves in no time. Look for a feeder with a solid warranty, as
this can protect you should anything break or become damaged. Many
times you can obtain replacement parts at no charge if your feeder
carries a manufacturer's warranty. Additionally, check your feeder
each time you refill it, ensuring no parts are damaged or worn.
Maintaining your feeder regularly will allow you to enjoy it for
years, making it a savvy hobby investment.
Consider adding accessories to your feeder to prevent squirrels from
stealing seed or to minimize seed waste. A squirrel baffle, either
hanging or pole mounted style, can help deter squirrels and save
seed for the birds. Squirrels often consume large amount of bird
seed resulting in frequent trips to refill feeders and an increased
demand for bags of bird seed. Another way to deter squirrels is to
treat your seed with a capsaicin-based product. This is the chemical
that makes peppers taste hot to mammals. Squirrels will experience
the heat and avoid that seed, but birds will not be affected by it
and will continue to enjoy dining. Squirrel feed may often be
purchased for considerably less than bird seed if you wish to feed
both squirrels and birds alike. Install a seed platform below your
feeder to catch loose seed thrown from the feeder. A seed platform
will not only extend the life of each bag of seed, but it will also
keep the area underneath the feeder tidy. Platforms add a great
place for a variety of birds to feed and will increase the chances
to see rare or unlikely birds.
One way to reduce seed waste often involves no additional
accessorizing and can be done immediately. Simply changing the type
of seed that you offer in your bird feeders can drastically improve
your efficiency in bird feeding. While a no-mess or waste-free blend
of seed may have a higher initial cost, it is designed to be eaten
entirely with very little of the bag going to waste. In a typical
bag of seed, a considerable amount of cast off in the form of seed
hulls is not uncommon. You may wish to do a comparison between a
standard seed mix and a waste free blend, monitoring their levels
throughout the week in similar feeders, to determine which seed
blend is right for you.
Buying seed or suet in bulk is almost always the better value when
compared to purchasing small bags or single cakes. When shopping for
large amounts of feed, be sure you have proper, adequate storage for
it. Seed should be kept in metal or plastic bins with a tight
fitting lid to prevent moisture from reaching it. This also keeps
mice, rats, and bugs from infesting and ruining it. Keep feed in a
cold, dry place such as a basement, or in the refrigerator in warm
weather to reduce the chances of mold or mildew.
Spending more time observing birds brings us closer to nature, and
keeping it cost and time effective makes it even more enjoyable. By
making a few simple alterations to your current feeding regimen, you
can keep bird feeding efficient and fun. BestNest carries a complete
line of products designed to meet your birding needs. Be sure to
Wild Birds department to check out all of our exciting products.
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