Wintering Wild Birds: To Feed Or Not To Feed
Feeding wild birds is a fun hobby for so many. There are a variety of new little feathered friends to be made out there, even throughout the winter months! Food can be scarce in the winter for the non-migratory types. Birds have to take what they can get, so if you keep your backyard feeders full, expect to find birds literally flocking to it. Black Oil Sunflower seed is considered “the hamburger” of the bird world. Nearly every bird that stops by your feeder will eat it because its thin shell is easy to crack. Other favorites include Peanuts, Nyjer/Thistle, Safflower and Cracked Corn all available at Burns Feed Store along with a variety of mixed seed. Mealworms and Suet Cakes are another big hit!
Don’t forget the little Hummers! For cold weather feeding, either bring the feeder indoors overnight when it gets cold and put it back outside first thing in the morning. Hummingbirds like to feed as early as possible, especially when it’s cold out, to keep their energy up. If you like to make your own sweet nectar for the little birds, remember to never use honey, molasses, brown or raw sugar. Also, Experts recommend cleaning your hummingbird feeder once every three days, well before the sugar water becomes cloudy. Bacterial infections from a dirty feeder can cause their tongues to swell up and they slowly starve to death. They can also pass that infection on to their babies.
If a new bird feeder, wild bird feed, or nectar are on your shopping list, stop on by! We’ve got a humdinger of a wildlife department!