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FEEDERS

There are quite a few choices for ways to feed your birds with our wild birdseed and other products. Be sure to take a good look at them when you visit us for your wild birdfeed.

A. FEEDER STYLES:

WOODEN FEEDERS: These work well if their roof is large enough to protect the seed from rain and snow. A good sturdy wooden feeder will last many years.

SQUIRREL-PROOF: These can be more expensive but are good for keeping squirrels away. They work on a cantilever or spring principle. The squirrel’s weight closes the feed opening so they can’t get any seed.

PLASTIC UNITS: These may be fine for a short time, but tend to become brittle with age, especially during extreme cold spells. Squirrels also can cause damage to these cheaper feeders.

NYJER AND FINCH FEEDERS: These are usually tube-type feeders with a very small teardrop opening. Only the slender beaks of finches, redpolls and pine siskins can access this feeder.

TABLE-TOP FEEDERS: These are usually just a piece of plywood on a pole and can be very effective. Many birds feel secure on this open space feeder. Be sure to keep this feeder clean and free from any mouldy seed.

HUMMINGBIRD: A special liquid can be made quite easily and stored in your refrigerator. Boil 3 cups of water with 1 cup of white sugar. Red food colouring often added is not necessary. When the solution begins to turn cloudy it is time to replace it.



Squirrel Buster Feeder
Nyjer-Finch Feeder
Hummingbird Feeder


B. FEEDER LOCATIONS:

HANGING TREE: These feeders may be the easiest to install, but are an invitation to the squirrels. If squirrels are not a problem, then birds do find this protected area attractive.

POLE OR POST UNITS: These are usually excellent as you can install effective squirrel baffles.

BAFFLES: These can be purchased or you can place a large diameter stove pipe over the post, attached to the bottom of a wooden feeder.

WINDOW UNITS: These are fun to use for the small birds. Chickadees and sparrows often will come close enough to get some favourite goodies.

BIRD BATHS: These are often a popular gathering spot for the birds as water becomes scarce during dry, hot summers and freezing winters. A bird bath heater will allow the baths to be used during the coldest winter days.


C. SOME TYPICAL INSTALLATIONS:

Hummingbird Feeder on a Shepherd's Hook.
View showing two hanging feeders near a window
Hanging Suet Cage



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