BECOME AN EXPERT AT FEEDING WILD BIRDS
DEVELOP YOUR FEEDING SKILLS!
As autumn and winter approach, many species have to leave their natural habitat in search of food, and that’s when they need a helping hand!
When food is scarcer, in freezing weather, our feathered friends expend vast amounts of energy to keep warm. However, we mustn’t feed them for too long in case this interferes with their natural instincts. We therefore recommend feeding wild birds from mid-November to mid-March.
WHAT TYPE OF FEED?
Birds need a high protein and high fat diet with sufficient calories to keep their bodies at the right temperature, throughout the cold winter months.
It is important to provide suitable feed adapted to their needs, in sufficient amounts, but not in excess. Hopserve to find the right amount! Place one or two feed products in your garden, and keep a close eye on them. If they have been ignored or hardly touched after a few days, this means they are not needed (or not in the right place)!
WHERE TO POSITION FEED?
As well as choosing the right period, where you position the feed is also a key factor. Although particularly fond of trees, woodland and hedges, birds are not averse to hopping onto your balcony (especially when searching for food). However, feeders should be kept away from predators and protected from adverse weather conditions, in a small sunny corner. Do not place them on the ground, as this could attract pests, and preferably position them at shoulder height.
Anyone can feed wild birds; however, you should follow a few basic rules to become an expert on the matter:
- Feed them at the right time, and in the right place
- Choose the right feed which provides the necessary nutrients
- Put out a small amount of water, to help them stay hydrated, even in winter
- Avoid fat balls with netting, which can be hazardous for birds
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