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What to Feed Birds All Year Round: A Guide for Bird Lovers

by Gregory
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What to Feed Birds All Year Round


Birds need our help, especially in winter when food is scarce. But did you know that feeding birds year-round can make a big difference in their survival?

What to Feed Birds

Birds need a balanced diet of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. They find most of their food in nature, but supplementary food can help, especially when natural food sources are limited.

  • Sunflower hearts: These are a great all-around option, packed with calories and easy to eat.
  • Seed mix: This provides a variety of seeds and grains that birds enjoy.
  • Fat-based products: Suet treats and fat balls provide energy and insulation.
  • Mealworms: These are a good source of protein, especially for chicks.
  • Berries: Birds love berries, which are full of antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Nuts: Nuts are a good source of fat and protein, but some birds may have trouble eating them.

Where to Feed Birds

You can feed birds in a variety of places:

  • Bird feeders: These are popular options, but make sure to clean them regularly to prevent disease.
  • Bird tables: These provide a flat surface for birds to feed on, which is especially helpful for ground-feeding birds.
  • Short grass or paving: These areas are easy for birds to access and clean up.

How to Feed Birds in Different Seasons

  • Winter: Birds need extra calories in winter to stay warm. Offer a variety of high-calorie foods, such as sunflower seeds, suet treats, and nuts.
  • Spring: Birds need to build up their strength for breeding. Offer calorie-rich foods, such as sunflower seeds and mealworms, and provide oyster shell grit for females to form eggs.
  • Summer: Birds are busy raising chicks in summer. Offer live food, such as rehydrated mealworms, to supplement their natural diet. Avoid fat-based foods, which can go bad in the heat.
  • Autumn: As berries and nuts ripen, birds will naturally eat more of these foods. Gradually increase the amount of food you offer as temperatures start to drop.

Tips for Feeding Birds

  • Always buy quality bird food from a reputable supplier.
  • Choose a variety of foods to attract a wider range of birds.
  • Clean your feeders regularly to prevent disease.
  • Move the location of feeders every month to prevent bacteria buildup.
  • Provide water for birds to drink and bathe in.
  • Grow bird-friendly plants in your garden to provide natural food sources.

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