Wild Bird Feeding This Springtime

With this particular spring being milder than usual you may assume that the high insect levels will be sufficient to satisfy most wild birds appetites, but the warmer weather also hardens the ground and many wild birds that normally feed off worms such as tits and chaffinches will fight to find food.


Springtime is also breeding time for wild critters so extra meals will always help and can really make a difference to the survival rate of the young, just be aware that cleanliness is important, clean feeders and tables and that certain foods will not last long in the hot weather.

Foods to avoid feeding to wild birds during that time of year include such matters as whole peanuts, due to the dangers of choking young critters, an exception to this could be via using a caged feeder that acquired 't allow larger chunks of nut throughout the gaps in the mesh.  Other foods to avoid should incorporate bread as this might prove harmful if the older birds feed them to their young.

What can I feed Wild Birds Then?

Some adult wild birds will come and feed from your garden to satisfy their own needs whilst other parents will take the food which you have put out back to their young so a plentiful supply of protein rich foods are much desired.  Fat products are ideal as these provide the high energy proteins breeding birds require such as fat balls, suet blocks and suet pellets.  Fat products also appeal to a wide variety of wild birds thus putting these kinds of foods outside in the garden should increase the diversity of wild birds seeing.  New production techniques now unable a less messy alternative in what's known as Less Mess Suet Blocks, these are ideal as they don't melt or get sticky in the warmer weather but are still as tasty and appeal to the wild birds.

Live foods such as insects are one of the greatest sources of protein for wild birds that are breeding, live foods such as mealworms are possibly the most popular live bird meals.

Mealworms are ideal for feeding in gardens and are made up of over 48 percent protein and 40 percent fat and have a high percentage of moisture which is vital for nestlings.  Just remember to make use of special live bird food feeders your bird meals will wriggle away before the birds have chance to eat them.

Don't like the idea of handling live mealworms but still want to assist the wild birds during the springtime then consider using dried mealworms, freeze dried but nevertheless containing all the same levels of fats and fats but much easier to deal with, although during mating season it would be safer to soak in a little water to aid with digestion of nestling birds.

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