Wild Birds Feeders
Different types of feeders
There are essentially 3 types of feeder, those for peanuts, seeds and suet:
These have a coarse plastic or wire mesh which is large enough for birds to peck through but not to take whole peanuts. If you have a Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting your garden a wire mesh Feeder would be ideal as it is quite robust. The Woodpecker's beak is long and strong and they are quite tenacious once they have peanuts within their sights. Wire mesh Feeders also stand more chance of surviving the attack of a hungry squirrel determined to break in.
These are usually a plastic tube with several ports and perches sited down and around it. The birds sit on the perches and remove the loose seed from the ports. Some types have a Hopper which will attract a similar range of birds as a Bird Table. These can catch rain water so make sure they drain easily. Nyjer Seed is fed in a specialist seed Feeder with small holes that stop the tiny seeds falling out.
These re metal cages of various sizes and shapes depending on the type of suet block, which may be in the form of a ball, cylinder or square.
Fat balls are often sold in nylon mesh bags and you should never put these out to feed the birds as they can trap their feet or beaks. Instead take the contents out of the mesh bag and place them in a suet Feeder.
Keep your Bird Table and Feeder clean and free from droppings or mouldy food. Clean and wash your Bird Table and Feeder regularly (with a very weak disinfectant or boiling water).
- Move your Bird Table or Feeder to a different part of the garden once a month to stop droppings and food accumulating underneath.
- Clean out bird baths on a daily basis, and refill with fresh water.
- Wear gloves when cleaning your Feeder or Bird Table and always wash your hands after filling them with food.
- If you keep domestic birds, you should prevent contact between captive and wild birds as much as possible Wash and disinfect your hands thoroughly after handling wild bird feeders or equipment.