Autumn is barely upon us, yet already some of the birds our part of the world is home to in summer are heading south. As for the little birdies who are left here enduring the cold winter weather with us, a reliable feeding station is sure to be a hit. When used properly, bird feed dispensers can do our feathered friends a whole lot of good!
Feeding birds – the right timing
Opinions are divided when it comes to the subject of feeding birds – but NABU recommends winter feeding. The reason: pathogens increase and spread less easily in cold temperatures than they do in the warm summer months. And as soon as it gets frosty outside, the sources of nutrition for birds dwindle and they need more energy to keep their body temperature in check. So when the temperatures reach freezing point, feeding is safe. And not only is this fantastic for the birds: it’s always exciting to watch the hustle and bustle at bird feed dispensers &, co. when this time of year comes around!
Food for winter birds: the dos and don’ts
Lots of birds with different needs are sure to flock to the bird feed dispenser or bird house in winter. And when it comes to nutrition, there are basically three different kinds of birds:
With this in mind, you can also influence which sorts of birds flock to the feeding station with the kinds of food you offer. Important: bread and spiced or salted food are not suitable bird feed ingredients as they are harmful to birds.
Ready-made bird feed mixes are available to buy in DIY stores and supermarkets. But if you enjoy being hands-on, you can make your own bird feed or make your own shapes with it. Take a look at our blog, where Silvia reveals how DIY food can be made into fun shapes with the help of cookie cutters and hung up outside – a real hit for kids!
Hygienic feeding station: bird feed dispenser
If you want to provide food for winter birds, you should get clued up beforehand and choose a suitable feeding station. Things to take into consideration here include:
The Landhaus feed dispenser perfectly satisfies these criteria: the food is protected against contamination and moisture, and it is dispensed gradually in small quantities. It is made from hygienic and robust plastic, can be taken apart for cleaning and is even suitable for the dishwasher.
Come closer, birds! – Tips for attaching the feeders
As with bird houses, there are also certain points to take into account when mounting a bird feeding station:
If you want to watch the little birdies eating their food, you should find a spot for the feeder that’s a suitable distance away from the observer but is still in good view. So now there’s nothing left to stand in the way of some good old bird feeding fun!