Providing a clean feeder, fresh food, open water and a comfortable habitat are keys to keeping wild birds around this winter. Check out the following tips and ideas.
Clean Feeder with Fresh Food
Bird feeders are important for non-migratory birds this time of year. However, if they aren’t in a protected location, are dirty or don’t have the correct type of food, birds may have a harder Winter. A variety of bird feeders are available, including covered, tube and peanut feeders, as well as suet feeders.
As with feeders, certain types are food are better for specific birds, so be sure to check the bag you plan to buy. Suet is a great winter food, since it is high in fat content, which provides birds with more energy.
Keeping your bird feeder full is essential, but so is regularly cleaning it to reduce mold and mildew as well as ice build-up. Keep an eye on your feeder throughout the Winter to make sure it is clean and ice-free for birds to enjoy.
But wait, it’s Winter in the Midwest! How can you provide open water?
By using our cast aluminum Multi-Use De-Icer in bird baths, water will stay open throughout the season. It has long-term efficiency and performance, meaning wild birds are more likely to stick around. The de-icer is controlled by thermostat to operate only when necessary.
Provide wild birds with a place to keep warm. Bird houses like these allow birds to huddle together out of the elements, making them warm and cozy. Giving birds a place to live will also help with pest and weed control in your lawn next Spring.
Caring for birds during the Winter is a win-win. You provide them with necessary materials and they supply a form of entertainment for you. So make sure to give them what they need for a warmer and safer Winter!
Thinking about how to attract birds in Spring? Check out how to Attract Hummingbirds and Orioles!