Monthly Archives: April 2009

Salmonella could be killing birds at feeders

“Homeowners in certain parts of the United States are finding an increasing number of dead birds at their backyard feeders. The likely culprit is a strain of salmonella that is being passed among the birds.”

Salmonella bacteria can be found in rotting seeds in bird feeders and those that fall to the ground. The bacteria is then transmitted through the birds’ droppings.

Pictured to the right is a EZ clean bird feeder worth taking a peek at.

Homeowners can help stop the bacteria’s spread by cleaning feeders with a solution of one part bleach and 10 parts water. Hydrogen Peroxide is also an idea. Residents should rake up old seeds from the ground and spread one-quarter inch of lime underneath the feeders. The lime may harm the grass, but it will kill the bacteria. Move the feeder to a different part of the yard if sick or dying birds are present.

Dead birds should be picked up with gloved hands and disposed of immediately.

Remember, birds will also flock to a clean feeder much more often than a dirty one – an added benefit of keeping the backyard feeders a bit cleaner this year.

It’s important to make sure the food in feeders is fresh. Seed and other food can become spoiled and develop mold rather quickly. Rotting food can attract harmful pathogens, so be sure to change it out frequently if necessary.

Finally, Avoid Overfeeding:

Too many birds together is unnatural, unsanitary, wasteful and dangerous to birds. Viewing only a few birds is more appealing than a bunch of noisy fighting birds. It is best to cut them off occasionally. They will find feed elsewhere and come back when you feed again.

This will promote independence and make them more resourceful, smarter, and healthier.

Economical Bird Feeding in Style

A great way for bird lovers everywhere to save money is to buy value-priced bird feeders and buy bird seed in bulk. This allows you to save both time and money. There are a lot of economical feeders that are easy to use, look great and you won’t have to spend a fortune on them.
In addition to value-priced feeders, buying bird seed in bulk quantities can also help to save you time and money. There are a lot of companies that carry high quality bird seed in bulk. Always remember that low cost doesn’t mean you have to give up quality and style.
One of my favorite value-priced feeders is the Garden Lantern Bird Feeder by Perky Pet. This low-cost feeder has a cute lantern style and holds approximately two and a half pounds of seed. It looks great in a tree or on a post and is easy to fill and clean. The price is great and the feeder is made of a durable plastic that is sure to last for years. The hopper style allows many birds to feed at one time, which makes it more fun to watch!
Another great, low cost feeder that is ideal for any age bird lover is the Garden Song Window Tube Bird Feeder by Opus. This cute, little window feeder has a bright red top and bottom to attract birds to your window and holds a pound of seed! It mounts securely to any window with its two suction cups and is easy to fill and clean. The low price makes it ideal for using several on various windows around your house. Feeder allows you to view wild birds up close and personal!
Once you have found the perfect, value-priced feeder, it is a good idea to purchase your seed in bulk for extra savings. Bulk seed is great because you save time and money by purchasing it in large quantities. With less time spent purchasing seed, you’ll have more time to enjoy your beautiful backyard birds! A great, value-priced bulk bird seed is Browns Natures Banquet Best Blend Wild Bird Food. This seed is made with high quality ingredients without the high cost and great for attracting a variety of wild birds to your yard.
Taking care of wild birds can be low cost and very enjoyable. This fun and economical activity is great for the whole family! For more great economical bird feeders and seed and informative tips from other bird lovers, check out Rachel’s Robin Wild Bird Supply!

The Battle Against the Squirrel

Squirrels can be remarkably talented at emptying bird feeders as quickly as you can fill them. For a while, it might be amusing – but after a certain amount of time, the expense can add up. Many veterans of the squirrel wars say that if a squirrel wants to get at your feeder bad enough, nothing can stop him. Others say that they have found the perfect squirrel proof feeder.
Here are a few basic tips to help you get started battling those pesky squirrels:
  • Invest in a Baffle. Baffles are platter-shaped or conical shaped objects placed between the feeder and the squirrel. The purpose is to stop the squirrel from getting to the feeder. Some bird feeders come with dome-style roofs designed to double as baffles.
  • If you can avoid it, don’t place your feeder in home territory of the enemy. Another words, bird feeders usually fare better away from trees. String a line between two trees and hang your feeders in the middle of the line. Grease the line to add another layer of protection.
  • Pole mounted bird feeders are great. The pole should be smooth, so the squirrel cannot climb it.
  • Build a special area in your yard to divert squirrels away from your bird feeders. There are many squirrel feeders that hold dried corn available on the market.

Choose one of the many variations of squirrel proof feeders that we carry. One of our favorites is pictured above – The Yankee Flipper. The weight activated feeding perch is calibrated to react to a squirrel’s weight. When a squirrel steps on the perch, a connection is made with a motor that makes the perch spin, and the squirrel is flipped off the feeder. Thus, the name YANKEE FLIPPER.

The unit comes equipped with rechargeable nicad batteries and a battery charger. Not only does the flipper work, it’s hysterical to watch

In-House Window Bird Feeders

It took me a while to figure out how this new fangled window feeders by Heath worked, but when I figured it out, I couldn’t believe how ingenious of a product this was.

A window feeder that actually let you get up close and personal with your backyard birds without the suction cups and mess when the feeder eventually falls.

View the birds and refill the feeder in the comfort of your living room or kitchen or breakfast gazebo!

We started carrying these in-house window bird feeders last month and they are sky-rocketing in popularity. They allow you to view your backyard birds so close that you won’t believe it! The one way mirror film encases the glass. You see the birds and they don’t see you!

This window bird feeder fits inside your window sill and its convenient trap door allows you to clean it and refill it right from inside your home. Its unique engineering allows you to shut and lock your window with the feeder in place and snugly fits double hung windows up to 39″ wide with its adjustable side panels.

Refill with seed right from inside your home!

The feeder is constructed of excellent quality cedar and features a shatter-proof window for your viewing pleasure. Installation is a snap on this window bird feeder. No nails or screws, no mess. Our in-house window bird feeder comes complete with additional insulation material if you live in colder climates.

You can fill it with your favorite seed and watch the birds in your living room within minutes of taking it out of the box. Whether you live in a city apartment or on a farm this feeder will delight you for years to come. Made in the USA

The deluxe version has dimensions: 21.875″L X 7.5″D X 13.875″H

Usability Enhancements at RachelsRobin Wild Bird Supplies

Making it easier to find the perfect bird feeder for your needs
The staff at http://www.rachelsrobin.com/ have been working with usability consultants and web conversion consultants to help our customers find products easier on our website. There are a number of upgrades that we’d like to bring to your attention that will help our loyal customers and hopefully add a few new customers. We need your feedback, so please feel free to comment to this blog post.
You may notice in the lower right hand side of the screen, we are now sharing all of the tips that we have recieved throughout the years from our friends and wild bird enthusiasts on how they attract birds to thier yard.

Here is my favorite tip of all time:
A great use for an old slinky…..Put a bird feeder pole through the center of the slinkly and attached the slinky at the top. The squirrels and raccoons will not try to jump or climp on the pole!
More on: Bird Feeder Pole

Another big change to our website is the ability to narrow by keyword within major categories. This comes in handy if you are looking for a particular type of bottle type hummingbird feeder or a particular sort or tube style bird feeder.

Pictured above is the Birdscapes new Lightpost Hummingbird feeder which is my absolute favorite new feeder this year.

Finally, we have placed alot of emphasis on the habitat in your backyard that birds love. Birds will naturally migrate to locations that have flowers and bushes and trees. Understanding this, we added a couple of new categories – most notably Planters and Flower Boxes. There are over 60 different planters that we carry and we must say that we have exceptional prices.

One of my favorite new planters is the Canterbury Standing Planter that allows you to place the proper flowers in the absolute perfect location in your yard.

Please let us know how we are doing – once again, we truly appreciate your feedback.

Help Celebrate Earth Day in Honor of the Birds!

Earth day, April 22nd, is quickly approaching and a great way to help celebrate this day is to do something for the environment. By helping the environment, you help everyone on the planet. Make some small, but significant changes in your everyday life such as: planting a garden or tree; changing your old light bulbs to high energy efficient ones; use re-usable plastic bags at the grocery store; and recycle as many items as you can. Each little change that you do helps to improve the Earth!

If you are thinking about purchasing a new bird feeder or house for your yard, please consider a recycled plastic feeder or home. Bird feeders that are made from recycled plastic are great because they are easy to clean, disease resistant and give new life to something that was once trash.

Many manufacturers are making recycled plastic feeders and one of my favorite feeders is the Going Green Seed Tube Bird Feeder by Audubon/Woodlink. This simple and classic feeder is made of 90% recycled plastic. Recycled plastic is easy to clean and does not retain water, which makes it resistant to mold and bacteria. This sleek feeder is perfect for any bird lover because it holds a variety of seed and is easy to fill.

If you are looking to replace or purchase a new bird house, take a look at the recycled lumber feeder by VariCraft. The Recycled Plastic Lumber Hanging Birdhouse makes an ideal home for Wrens and Chickadees. This earth-friendly home is easy to clean and looks great in any yard!
Help make the Earth a better place by purchasing one of these great recycled products available at Rachel’s Robin. Go Green!

Rachel’s Robin is Proud to Announce – The Wild Bird Blog!

It’s the biggest bird event of the month and it’s happenin’ at Rachels Robin!

Month after month and year after year, our staff at Rachel’s Robin answers questions about feeders and birds and squirrel deterrents and bird baths and bird feeders and hummingbird migration and just about everything that a wild bird enthusiast would need to know.
We decided that it’s time to take our answers a step further and offer our loyal readers and customers a Wild Bird Blog.

…. and here we are!

The Rachel’s Robin Wild Bird Blog is going to focus on the latest and greatest, and the tried and true hobby of wild bird feeding and viewing. No diversions into politics and no diversions into the state of the economy – just birds and hummingbirds and maybe a bit about wild life.
To start off, our featured product to celebrate the launch is the Breast Cancer Awareness Bird Feeder. The Celebrate Life! feeder is a Limited Edition 8 inch Bird Lovers® Sunflower Feeder in Breast Cancer Awareness pink. The attached charm can be easily removed and used as a keychain accessory.

Funds will be donated from the sale of each feeder to support breast cancer initiatives. The Bird Lovers brand is a popular brand of Droll Yankees. Droll Yankees is nationally recognized for high quality feeders that cater to an expansive range of birds. The threaded base on the feeder fits all Droll Yankee accessories and it has a UV stabilized polycarbonate tube prevents yellowing.

Great starter feeder or for children and a great gift for a loved one that has survived Breast Cancer.