When the first frost of winter arrives, the snow starts to fall and the days get darker, there is very little food left for birds in the wild. But regular feeding is absolutely everything to our feathered friends, especially in this cold weather. The EMSA bird feeding house is the perfect way to nourish birds with birdseed or a fat ball during winter. And it’s not just during the colder months that the EMSA bird feeder gives birds all they need and more: the bird house can also be used as a bird bath on those extra hot days in summer. The bird feeding houses are a real decorative highlight in the garden or on the balcony at any time of year!
Mounting bird houses and nesting boxes
There are a few tips and tricks to take into account when mounting bird houses and nesting boxes. It will really help the birds if the houses go up as early as possible, preferably in autumn. That way, the little song birds will have enough time to familiarise themselves with their new home, so they’ll be more likely to use it for shelter in winter. But don’t worry if you’re a bit slow off the mark, as you still have time to put up your feeding house until mid-March.
To keep the nesting box safe from nasty predators like cats, it’s a good idea to mount your bird house between a height of 2 and 5 metres. That way unwanted intruders won’t have any chance of getting at it.
Just like us humans, song birds prefer a home that’s on solid ground and one that doesn’t rock back and forth in the air. It may look nice to have your bird house hanging from a branch, but you won’t find a happy family of birds nesting in it there. If you want to give the birds in your garden the perfect home, you’ll need to make sure rain can’t get into the feeding house and protect it from blazing rays of sun. Like us humans, birds also feel better in a clean home. So another thing we recommend is that you keep the house in good condition and clean it regularly.
What do I need to know about feeding birds?
The position of the feeding house is essential, but the food you provide also plays an important role. Almost all birds like eating balls of fat, energy cakes and sunflower seeds. If you particularly want to attract robins, simply add a couple of wild seeds and oatmeal to the mixture. Cherry stones and apple seeds can also be used to lure sparrows in summer. And as the little birds get thirsty as well as hungry, a bird drink will make a perfect addition to the food being served.
Wood or plastic?
Feeders now come in all sorts of shapes, colours and a variety of materials. Birds don’t have any strong preferences when it comes to the colour of their home, this is more important to the onlooker. The only colour you mustn’t go for is red – this is a signal colour that indicates danger to animals.
Feeders are traditionally made from wood, a solid material that makes them very stable and weatherproof. But the wood should have a good waterproof finish and be free of sharp edges and corners.
Plastic feeders are an alternative to classic wooden bird houses. , Plastic is less difficult to maintain and can be cleaned more easily and thoroughly. Moisture, sun or snow are no problem for plastic houses, either. The most important thing is that a bird house should have a roof to make sure the food will stay dry even if it rains.