Bird Feeding throughout Late Winter

Farmington Hills, MI – January 14th, 2013  ( www.MichiganPR.net )

There are many varieties of bird feeders, including hoppers or house bird feeders, tube feeders, platform or tray feeders, hummingbird (a nectar type birdfeeder), fruit feeders, and others.

In general, seed feeders fall into one of three categorizations: hopper bird feeders or house feeders, tube bird feeders, or platform feeders.

Hopper Bird Feeders (also called House Feeders) have a platform which walls and a roof are built, forming a “hopper”. The hopper protects the bird seed against the wind, water and other elements. Hopper birdfeeders can be used to attract both small birds such as finches or large birds such as blue jays. With hopper bird feeders, be careful about regular cleaning. Not many hopper feeders do a good job of protecting seed from the rain, and the seed can become moldy. Most hopper type feeders hold a substantial amount of bird seed.

Tube birdfeeders are constructed with a hollow cylinder, and have multiple feeding ports and bird perches. Tube birdfeeders generally keep the seed fairly dry. Tube bird feeders with shorter perches can be used for smaller birds. A tube feeder with small perches can accommodate chickadees, but can exclude large birds such as jays.

Platform Feeders (also called Tray Feeders) consist of a tray that is open upon which the feed is placed. These birdfeeders offer little protection against squirrels or the weather. Some tube bird feeders give you the ability to attach a tray birdfeeder to it.

Hummingbird feeders are nectar feeders and they come in many different shapes and sizes. Hummingbird feeders are enclosed, many times made of glass or plastic, and often have 4 to 6 feeding ports. These ports are often surrounded with colorful plastic flowers and bee guards. The nectar solution that is used in hummingbird feeders can be homemade, using a ratio of 4 parts water to 1 part white sugar. Boil the water, stir in the sugar while hot, and don’t forget to allow it to cool before filling the hummingbird feeder. The humming birdfeeder should be washed at least once per week and any remaining nectar thrown out.

Fruit Feeders – Fruit bird feeders come in a variety of sizes and shapes. A commonly used fruit is the orange, which can be used to attract orioles and tanagers.

Other Feeders – Other feeders include squirrel proof feeders, suet feeders, novelty bird feeders, cedar feeders etc. Squirrel proof feeders are often variations of one of the feeder types listed above and can include a wire mesh, squirrel baffle, protective cage or a special squirrel guard. Suet birdfeeders often have a wire mesh cage that is used to hold a suet or a suet mixture. These feeders can be very useful for woodpeckers and cardinals.

Visit Rachels Robin www.rachelsrobin.com for more information on bird feeding.

Weather Shield for Your Outdoor Bird Feeder

I found the perfect weather shield for my outdoor bird feeders, the Brushed Copper Bird Feeder Weather Shield.  It is like having an umbrella for the bird feeders.   It serves to shade the sun on  my hummingbird feeders, therefore assisting in the keeping the nectar fresh. 
You know how bad the sun is for the nectar!  It keeps the rain from getting the birds
wet and keeps the snow off of them, too.   In addition, I noticed it deters squirrels since  they cannot grab on to the shield.

The best part about the Brushed Copper Bird Feeder Weather Shield is that it is beautiful.  The brushed copper finish with an embedded oak leaf design makes this an attractive addition your yard.

Easy to install over any hanging type feeder by using the the included plug and
hanger that goes through the hole in the baffle and is kept in place with the i
ncluded screw.  You just hang your feeder from the hook beneath the shield,
and then the top hook hangs the shield and feeder  from a branch or bracket.

Large dimensions of almost 18 inches wide at outer rim x 5 inches high.

Your birds will be cool in the summer and dry in the rain or snow and your feeders will look beautiful thanks to the   Brushed Copper Bird Feeder Weather Shield!

 

Do Birds Yawn When They are Bored?

Did you know that birds yawn?  It is true!  Like people, birds are warm-blooded.   Our trigger to yawn  is when we are tired and our bodies prepare for sleep.   They sleep when they are tired and full of food. Have you ever seen a bird wake up?  They stretch and yawn before they fly off for the day.   

Scientist are not sure if birds yawn when they are bored, but just in case it is true, you can have a fun birdbath in your yard to keep the birds entertained. The classic style Deluxe Bird Bath – 17 inch  is perfect for any yard. It is lightweight and easy to move for cleaning, mowing or moving around the yard.  The classic style is made of white, injection-molded plastic.  It perfect for all your backyard birds that need entertaining.  The basin is gently sloped.  This means that large birds bathe and drink in the center, while smaller, timid birds feel comfortable perching and bathing at the edges.  It will be a big bird party.   The dimensions are  17 inch diameter basin with a depth of 2 1/2 inches, 25 inches tall.

Remember to keep the water clean in the bird bath and your backyard birds will have a great place to drink and bath.  You will find them entertaining, too.

 

How Will Birds Find My Feeders?

Wild birds find food by sight.

Place feeders in easily seen areas. Be patient and the birds will come.

In order to have many birds on a frequent basis – it can take a year or two of continuous feeding, depending on your geographical area and the migration patterns of the birds.

Birds are constantly searching for food sources. If you don’t seem to be attracting birds, make sure you have the right food. If you purchase inexpensive mixes containing a lot of milo, millet and corn, you may not attract the more desirable songbirds.

If you have a good food available and still are not attracting birds, try tying a piece of tin foil on top of the feeder or purchasing a feeder with a bit of copper on it. A little glint from copper or foil will catch their eye.

Open water will sometimes attract birds more than a bird feeder.

Keeping Bird Feeders Clean

Bird feeding is great fun.  Cleaning the bird feeders is not, but must be done to keep the feeders in good working condition and more importantly to keep the birds safe from disease that could be past from bird to bird.   Clean and disinfect feeders regularly, at a minimum once per month.

First, take down your feeder and empty all the seeds inside.  Discard the seeds, and do not reuse them.  Then, make a 10 percent solution of bleach water.  To do this use one part of liquid chlorine (regular household bleach) in nine parts of warm water. Do not make the solution any stronger as it may damage the feeder. Do not use hot water as it may damage the feeder.  Make enough solution to immerse an empty  feeder completely for three minutes. Wearing rubber gloves, thoroughly scrub the feeder surfaces using a bird feeder brush. Thoroughly rinse the feeder with clear water.  Allow to air dry or dry in the sun.

It is important to have the right type and size bird feeder brush to clean feeders properly.  The Perfect Litte Brushes shown above are perfect to clean the small crevices and ports in your hummingbird feeders.  The Perfect Little Brushes are 3 1/2 inches long and come in a package of 3.  Made in the USA.

In addition to a little brush, you will need a large brush like the  Birdfeeder Cleaning Brush – 24 in.  This 24 inch brush has long  natural soft  bristles that  will not scratch the tube of the feeder.

Remember, a monthly cleaning is imperative to keep your backyard birds healthy.

 

 

Got Squirrels? Get the Flipper – an Innovative Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

The second a squirrel jumps on the Yankee Flipper’s perch, his weight activates a motor and the perch begins to spin.

Your squirrel quickly loses his grip—and whoops—off he goes!

The circular perch accommodates all birds, even cardinals. A power stick with nickel cadmium batteries and charger are included.

There are four feeding ports and it holds 5 pounds of seed.

The birdfeeder is 21 inches tall.

The squirrel proof feeder is an all time favorite and many of our customers hang it near a window so they can enjoy the fun all day long.

Use coupon: dogday to save $4 on this feeder instantly.

A Mushroom Birdhouse to Decorate your Yard (great housewarming gift!)

Hang this mushroom-shaped birdhouse from a tree, deck or patio to add a dash of charm to your lawn.

The top removes for easy cleaning.

Adding bird houses to your backyard is a great way to attract cavity-nesting birds.

Remember that not all bird species will choose an enclosed house to raise their families, but there are hundreds of bird species throughout the world that will readily use bird houses and nest boxes like this gorgeous mushroom house pictured to the right.

 

Rachel’s Wild Bird Tip of the Day

Mealworms are full of nutrition and are an excellent food for insect-eating birds such as robins, wrens, woodpeckers and bluebirds.

Mealworms can be fed to birds all year round, in very cold weather or very dry weather.

When birds struggle to find worms, insects and spiders in the ground, mealworms make a good alternative food for them.

The Birdlover’s Blend Hi-Energy Plus with Mealworms Wild Bird Seed by F.M. Browns provides wild birds with a high energy source that tastes great and gives them lots of protein. A variety of backyard birds will love this high protein and fat seed

Hot Summer and Hummingbirds

It has been a hot, dry summer across the US.  Record temperatures have been set across the country.  With the high temperatures and the lack of rainfall flower nectar production is down.  What does this mean to your hummingbirds?  It means that the bees that depend on the nectar are searching for something sweet.  Something like the nectar in your hummingbird feeder. If the bees take over your hummingbird feeder, your backyard hummingbirds will not go near the feeder.   It is easy to keep the bees away.

Make sure your feeder has insect guards to keep the bees away. The  Happy Eight-2 Hummingbird Feeder  features 8 ports with 2 complete sets of patented nectar guard tips. The patented nectar guards virtually eliminate insect contamination of the nectar while still allowing hummingbirds to feed. In addition, the bright red cap that help attracts hummingbirds  lifts from the clear snap on cover to make filling a breeze.   The cover removes easily for cleaning. The ports and nectar guards may be carefully cleaned with the included port brush. The feeder cover, cap, and basin are made of UV stabilized polycarbonate. Hanging rod is solid brass.

Mold and bacteria that are harmful to hummingbirds can grow in the nectar so it is important to change the hummingbird nectar. If the temperature is under 70 degrees, you can change the nectar once a week.  However, please see the charge below for when to change in higher tempertature:

High temperature ………… Wash the feeder and change nectar and  after

71-75………………………………….6 days

76-80…………………………………5 days

81-84…………………………………4 days

85-88………………………………..3 days

89-92………………………………..2 days

93+…………………………………..change daily

 

 

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When the temperatures soar, those friendly little feathered friends can stop soaring if they are not given enough water!  We’ve talked and talked about the necessity of offering feathered visitors some water  - but during these stifling hot days throughout most of the US – it is even more important.

With RachelsRobin’s Dog Days sale – you can stock up on NEVER MELT SUET and a bird bath – save big and use coupon dogday to save even more.

Many people think they have to spend hundreds on an effective bird bath, but that is simply not true. One of our favorites is just $10 and does an absolute splendid job keeping your feathered visitors happy and hydrated.  The Perky Pet Water Cooler.  It holds 1.5 quarts and is easily carried around to hang wherever the birds come.

Stop on by and let us EARN your business with our quick smiles, knowledgeable  staff and great prices at www.RachelsRobin.com