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Natural food sources are in limited supply still, so augmenting the spring birds diet with a bird feeder is ideal. If you need added incentive, remember that backyard birds’ antics are especially entertaining during the mating and nesting season each spring.
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Take some time with these tips to freshen up your feeders and bird houses to create a welcoming environment for your feathered friends.
- Use a coarse brush and warm soapy water to scrub wooden feeders, or a mild bleach solution for tube-style feeders.
- For hummingbird feeders or other uniquely styled feeders, scrub the feeding ports thoroughly, then place a mixture of uncooked rice and a vinegar-water solution (one part vinegar to four parts water) inside and shake vigorously.
- Allow all feeders to dry thoroughly before refilling.
- Ensure that seed is free of mold and insects. Energy-rich suet also is an excellent choice during the spring.
- The more feeders and diverse options (seed, suet, nectar, etc.) that you offer, the wider the variety of birds you will attract. Make note of which offerings your favorite species prefer, and adjust your menu accordingly.
- Rinse and de-scale the bird bath using warm soapy water and vinegar as needed. An adequate source of water for drinking and bathing is essential. If you’re having a cold spring like we are here this year, you may also need a Bird Bath De-Icer.
- Check bird houses to ensure they are clean, pest-free and intact.
A little preparation will go a long way toward encouraging spring birds, and the effort will pay dividends when they return year after year.
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