I only have a couple of different bird feeders, but I would love to have tons more. It seems that certain birds choose one feeder over the other, even though they are both filled with the same type of seed. Here are 5 things to do with your bird feeder, just in case you are bored with the set-up you have now.
5 Squirrel-proof It
There’s no need to go out and buy an expensive squirrel-proof bird feeder when you can do this yourself. This doesn’t mean you have to sit outside in a lawn chair and chase the squirrel away every time he shows up. Placing the feeder on top of a tall pole and putting a baffle around the bottom usually works. You can make a baffle out of a long sheet of tin and nail it around the pole. This will make it too slick for squirrels to climb up.
4 Move It to a New Location
You don’t always have to leave a bird feeder in the same place all the time. It takes two or three days for birds to get used to where a feeder is located, but they won’t disappear completely. No bird is going to turn down free food.
3 Try Different Bird Seed
Sometimes changing the type or brand of seed in your bird feeder will bring a whole new crowd in. You’d be surprised at how many different birds will show up after you get some feed with new types of seeds in it.
2 Give It a New Paint Job
Wooden bird feeders tend to fade with time. Even if your old feeder isn’t very faded at all, there’s no harm in painting it a new color. Sure, it might take the birds a few days to get used to the ‘new’ feeder, but they will eventually come back.
1 Make a Bird Feeder from Objects You No Longer Use
I’ve seen some great bird feeders made from household objects; old plates, tea pots, kettles, shoes, and tons more. As long as there is bird feed in the object, your feathered friends will make an appearance.
Sometimes there’s only so much you can do with a bird feeder, especially if you live somewhat in the city. However, there’s no harm in getting creative, no matter where you live. What’s something unique that you’ve done with your bird feeder? How did you come up with this idea?
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