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What will bird feeders do?If I put a bird feeder in my backyard will it keep birds from eating my flowers and strawberries? Or will it just cause the birds to eat my strawberries.

Posted by El
[display_name id=”1″]Birds don’t eat flowers though some pollinate them and if they have gone to seed they will eat some of the seeds.
As for strawberries, ( or cherries, raspberries and some others) if you have these and birds are damaging them people usually cover them with bird netting during the fruiting times, set up scare crows or other detractors. I would choose the netting myself because you really don’t know if a detractor will work or not. But the netting always stops them.
Don’t fill the feeder until winter. Buy ONE 50 pound sack of sunflower seeds and on your picnic table ( protected by something) spread out a 1 pound tin of seeds each day. The birds will visit every day even though they eat everything quickly. That way to get to enjoy seeing them, you help them survive the toughest part of the year, and it doesn’t cost you much. Some people feed all the time. This is costly for them and isn’t necessary. Only feed in winter, there is plenty of food the rest of the time.

What kind of Bird Feeder to get for a city dwelling?I live in a fairly urban area near Oakland, California, which is very urban but also has large regional park areas full of wildlife. I am trying to attract some small amount of wildlife to my yard. I am planting clover for bees, and a wildflower blend to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. I am also getting a hummingbird feeder and a bird bath.

I would also like to get a bird feeder, but am having trouble knowing what kind to get. Different feeders have different perches and allow for different types of seeds, all of which changes what kind of birds they attract… I don’t want to buy a bird feeder that’s made to attract birds that aren’t found in my area! Suet feeders sound nice and are supposed to attract songbirds? I like the idea of songbirds, but I don’t know how universal this is… If I need a regular feeder instead of a suet feeder, what kind of seed should I be looking into getting? I am very confused on what to purchase!

Any help is appreciated, thank you!

Posted by Carina

[display_name id=”1″]Wild birds really don’t need supplementary feeding in the Summer months, Winter is the time they need help when natural food is in short supply. It is best not to provide fat feeders with suet when birds are feeding their babies they simply have no need for suet at this time of year & if it is warm where you live it will quickly go mouldy & smell.

You can’t go far wrong with a mesh peanut feeder for the Autumn/Winter months along with a good quality table seed to go on an open bird table. Avoid seed mixes with lots of wheat just attracts pigeons. Birds need water to drink so a bird bath is a great idea, clean it out once a week & put fresh water in.

You could Google bird seed suppliers in your area. Also learn which birds live in your area so you know foods will attract them. You could plant native bushes in your yard to attract birds. Small finches are attracted to seed & peanut feeders. Thrushes & robins love sultanas & berries.

When will birds find my feeder?It’s summer in Wisconsin and I put up two feeders. One is squirrel proof, another is a platform with protective cover. I also hung up nesting material for any species nesting right now. It has rained for the past two days and the feeder has only been up for two days, but I am just so eager to see birds! The bird food I use is the Wild Birds Unlimited No Mess Blend.

Does anyone know how long it typically takes birds to find new feeders? My neighbor has a feeder and a bird bath too. Thanks!

Posted by Random Seagull

[display_name id=”1″]Most birds have plenty to eat now. They will come in the fall when food starts to get scarce. Spring is the big time for nesting. Remove the food from the feeders. It will be spoiled by next spring and make the birds sick.

Supersaver is an acrylic parrot feeder that hangs on the outside of the cage , is recycleable,
and there is no mess on the floor.

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Decorative Hummingbird Feeders

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How do I make my own humming bird food?

Posted by smo5keyr
[display_name id=”1″]One part sugar to 4 parts water. (One cup sugar to 4 cups water) Do not add food coloring they don’t need it. Generally your hummingbird feeders will have red flowers in it, if you have a decorative feeder throw it away they don’t work and are to hard to completely clean. You will need to clean the feeder every other day during the spring and summer months and twice a week during the cooler months. There is a black mold/fungus that grows within the feeders. If you don’t change the sugar solution and the humming birds ingest the mold they will die (their throats swell and they cant breath or eat, saddest thing I have ever seen) When you use the decorative feeders you are not able to get into and clean all of the nooks and cranny’s and the mold will continue to grow. (just FYI)
The best way to keep squirrels off bird feeders?My family loves to feed birds. We have bird feeders in our yard. We have a problem keeping squirrels off them. We don’t want to spend money on those special feeders that spin, so we put up these cone-shaped baffles. If the squirrel tries to walk down the baffle, it is supposed to slide off. Somehow the squirrels keep getting to the feeders, and we don’t know what to do about it. Please help??

Posted by Purple Violin
[display_name id=”1″]If you mount your bird feeder on top of a 4-5″ PVC pipe, you shouldn’t have squirrel problems 🙂 Of course, the pole has to be at least 5-6 feet tall. We have simple wood bird feeders on this type of pole and the squirrels cannot climb up – no need for fancy hoods or cones! We paint ours brown to blend with the surroundings but you could be creative and make them decorative as well. BTW – thanks for feeding the feathered friends!!
How can I keep birds from pooping on my patio and lawn furniture?I have a nice patio and nice lawn furniture but everyday when I got out to sit, there is bird poop all over my patio. Any suggestions on keeping the birds away?

Posted by Madison72
[display_name id=”1″]There really is no way to keep wild birds from flying where they choose, however, there are a few things you can do that will make your area less inviting to them. Keep bushes and tree’s (places where they roost and hide) away from your patio. Decorative items that spin (the same effect as a scare crow blowing in the wind) makes them cautious and shy to go near. They have decorative wind socks, chimes, and those little spinning wheels that do the trick. Make sure there are no bird feeders or bird baths in the area as well. Hope this helps.

Humming birds chasing each other away from feeder

Hummers guarding the food sources.

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Hanging Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

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Is it too early to hang out bird seed?squirrelllsss r coolll…were scared of bears.

Posted by Oldfart=]
[display_name id=”1″]I have it out year round and the most important thing is to make sure you have a squirrel proof feeder otherwise you’ll get no birds and tons of squirrels. Squirrel proof feeders can be found here. Or most home improvement stores but shop here. This is Most important!
How can I keep the squirrels off my bird feeder?I am at my wits end with the squirrels eating all my bird seed. I can not afford to feed squirrels. I have tried a lot of things. I greased the pole. I have a squirrel proof feeder. They do all kinds of circus tricks to get the seed out of that feeder. Isn’t there something that can be done. I love to feed and see the birds. What can I do. There must be an answer to this problem we all have. Right now one is spread eagle on it filling up.

Posted by Rubyee2
[display_name id=”1″]I had to install a small pulley about 14 feet up on a tree limb and thread a nylon cord thru it. I tied the feeder on it and hoisted it 7 feet off the ground, anchored the other end to a boat cleat on the tree trunk about six feet off the ground. The feeder would be 7 feet down from the hanging limb and 8 or more feet horizontally from anything. The squirrels could not jump to it.
How to get the squirrels away from the bird feeder?The bird feeder hangs from a branch. I tried putting half of a milk carton on top of it, and it worked for a little bit, but then they managed to get through to it. Then I pored some caster oil on the carton hoping the squirrel would slip, but it didn’t work. Does anyone have any ideas? I know that this is a silly subject, but please give your serious input.

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[display_name id=”1″]Some people say to use only safflower seeds. But doesn’t work for everyone. Your best putting it in another location, off from the tree. A pole works great. They also sell squirrel proof , bird feeders.

Humming birds chasing each other away from feeder

Hummers guarding the food sources.

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Pole Mounted Bird Feeders

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How to avoid squirrels off a bird feeder?

Posted by resurrectionnnn
[display_name id=”1″] This is what we did. It really worked.We mounted the bird feeder on a pole away from the trees so that the squirrels couldn’t jump from above onto the feeder. Then we put a squirrel baffle beneath the feeder on the pole so that the squirrels couldn’t climb up the pole to the feeder from below. There are baffles that look like a cylinder, but we used the kind that looks like a wide flat cone. The squirrels tried to climb up the pole but couldn’t get over the lip of the baffle to resume climbing the pole from the other side. We mounted the feeder about 5 feet off the ground and the baffle below that but no lower than 4 feet.You can also get the special feeders where there is a special weighted perch. The birds are light enough not to set off the lever, but the squirrels are heavy enough to depress the lever and close off the opening to the seed. We found our way above cheaper and more effective. We had a simple platform feeder with a roof to keep the seed dry. You could combine the special feeder with the baffle if your yard is heavily wooded.
Trying to get started cheaply in bird feeders? I put some seed and just used a pie pan with a fist-sized rock in it to keep the pan from blowing away. My wife did hear a little chirping/singing whatever outside (I put it on the step to our deck). But it’s a pain because if it rains or snows I have to bring it in to keep it from getting soaked.
Today I bought a metal tube with holes in it you fill with seed, so I filled that tonight and hung it on a hook we use for a wind chime in the summer.
We don’t seem to have a whole lot of birds around here, but was hoping to attract them just to watch and listen. Doesn’t matter much what kind really. Squirrels aren’t a problem here either, or other wildlife, just the occasional rabbit.
The seed i bought is safflower. It mixes aren’t a really good idea. If I could pick out a particular bird we’d want it would be cardinals, I have seen a few of these around, or just anything with color would be fine. Any advice would be appreciated. We’d rather stay away from pole mounts.
Thanks for the replies: Follow up question; is it true birds actually can “use” the feeders more in the summer than in the winter??? I would think surviving the winter would be harder….

Posted by baron_von_party
[display_name id=”1″]Uh Oh, an interest that can get you into deep money! Wild Bird house awaits your arrival at their front door! The metal tube will probably work eventually. It takes awhile for birds to find anew feeder. I don’t know if the metal would be a problem……usually I have some clear plastic tube so othey can see it, a tray so they can throw it around (or so it seems) or a thistle bag. Don’t forget to have open water for them to drink!Here’s some help:With black-oil sunflower seed – goldfinches, woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, redpolls, pine siskins, cardinals, crossbills, white-throated sparrow, white-crowned sparrows, jays, purple finches, house finches
With safflower seed – chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, finches, cardinals, grosbeaks
With mixed seed – doves, Carolina wrens, thrashers, cardinals, sparrows, juncos, goldfinches, woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, white-throated sparrows, white crowned sparrows, jays, purple finches.
I have a bird feeder in my back yard.My problem is squirrels keep getting into it and run off the birds. What can I do?

Posted by sandy k
[display_name id=”1″]There are a number of pole mounted feeders on the market that are reputed to be squirrel-proof. check our shop. Some work by weight – when the squirrel jumps on it, the weight of the squirrel closes the feeding holes. Some have wire mesh over the feeder, so only small birds can get into the feed, keeping out not only the squirrels, but larger birds as well. Then there are squirrel baffles, metal cones that you place over or under the feeder (depending on if it is a hanging feeder, or a pole-mounted feeder) that are supposed to make it impossible for the squirrel to climb into the feeder.As many people who have tried these feeders and baffles will tell you, they don’t work all that well – squirrels are very clever and can usually defeat any mechanical devices designed to keep them from the feeders.Best solution is to add hot peppers to the birdseed. Birds love them, and squirrels can’t stand them.There is even a company that developed a pepper product to keep squirrels out of feeders: Http://

Humming birds chasing each other away from feeder

Hummers guarding the food sources.

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Pole mounted bird feeders