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How you can arrange a winter hen feeding station

Not all birds migrate north for summer time in Europe. There are lots of that stay, together with the brightly colored  sunbirds, weavers, doves, thrushes, barbets,  the petite Cape White-eye and Cape Sparrow, in addition to the African Hoopoe, Shiny Starling, Darkish-capped Bulbul, Speckled Mousebird, and Gray Go-away-bird.

The excellent news is that these are principally frequent backyard inhabitants and by placing out a feast of seed, suet, fruit and nectar it’s doable to report a dozen or extra completely different hen species after only a few hours of birdwatching, says Mark Anderson, CEO of Birdlife South Africa.

We’re for birds
Organising feeders can also be our manner of giving again to nature, particularly in winter, says Marlaen Straathof, from Kirchhoffs Wild Wings, a hen care product vary that’s provided by way of backyard centres and {hardware} shops.

You will have: a wide range of feeders for various birds, hen meals, and appropriate locations for hanging the feeders. Putting is essential. Birds must really feel secure and on the identical time, the feeders ought to be seen for hen watching and accessible for topping up the meals and cleansing.


Wood seed and fruit  feeders ought to have a flat backside with a roof or overhang  to maintain seed dry. A slim perch will hold pigeons away, as they have an inclination to chase smaller birds. Knock a nail or two  by way of the bottom of the feeder to behave as spikes on which to push the fruit. Open feeders will be messy however the Wild Wings Patio Feeder has a glass entrance that acts as a ‘seed tank’, letting a restricted quantity of seed by way of on the base.

Wild Wings Suet feeders vary from purposeful Wild Wings wire holders to ornamental terracotta bowls that double as backyard décor. Select a suet feeder that permits the birds to perch and feed however can solely peck off small items of suet at a time. Birds prone to be drawn to the suet embrace White-eyes, thrushes, Boubous, Cape Robin Chat, Crested Barbets and Bulbuls

Wild Wings Nectar bottles fill the hole in winter when there may be little in flower. It takes the type of a bottle that may be hung from a department or a beam and is angled to make sure a relentless provide of nectar. It’s a good suggestion to have two nectar feeders, however to fill one with water as that is usually in brief provide as nicely.

Good to know: Hold feeders clear by washing them as soon as every week with cleaning soap and water or a weak answer of bleach. Take away rotting seed and hen droppings, as this may unfold illness.

Advisable Chicken Meals:

  • Chicken seed: the Wild Wings mixture of grains/seeds contains sunflower seeds for birds with bigger payments in addition to smaller grains and black oil sunflower seeds for smaller birds. Mixes ought to be contemporary and test for mildew or mould as a result of that is dangerous to birds.
  • Wild Wings Suet is very helpful in winter as a result of it’s a excessive fats and protein feed that helps birds to keep up their power ranges and hold them heat in the course of the frosty nights. Begin with small quantities and hold the remainder within the fridge. It might take some time for the birds to start out consuming recurrently.
  • Wild Wings Nectar combine is accessible in powder kind (simply add water) and is preferable to ready-made mixes and can make sure that the nectar within the feeder is at all times as contemporary as doable. Don’t add any purple dye, together with that present in meals colouring. The dye is doubtlessly poisonous to birds.
  • Fruit shouldn’t be positioned on the bottom or put loosely on feeding tables. Solely put out as a lot fruit as birds will eat in a day or two as a result of fruit spoils simply. Apples and pawpaw are  favoured by bulbuls, barbets, starlings, and mousebirds whereas White-eyes like softer fruit together with avocado and banana.
  • Water is crucial for birds so hold a contemporary provide for ingesting and bathing.

Putting feeders

The situation of feeders ought to meet the wants of birds in addition to your must see them. Birds will use feeders that really feel secure, are straightforward to see and are handy for them and on the identical time, it is best to be capable to see them simply, from the patio or by way of a window.

Protected: Feeders ought to be out of attain of cats and canines, and ought to be near shelter (timber, shrubs) for a quick retreat. A feeder will be very near a window in order that the birds don’t hit the window or a long way away (about 12m)  in order that they will keep away from  the window. Birds may really feel safer in a quiet place away from a play space, storage or walkway.

Seen: The simpler a feeder is for birds to see, the extra probably it’ll entice them. A superb possibility is an open, sunny space which additionally permits them to maintain a look ahead to predators.

Handy: Birds gravitate to the place their pure meals supply is, so place the feeder as shut as doable to their regular hangouts As an illustration, nectar feeders close to aloes and different winter flowers, and suet feeders close to timber or on robust branches to draw barbets. Additionally contemplate that birds will shrink back from overcrowded feeders. Relatively unfold the feeders all through the backyard, so that there’s house for everybody.

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