Posted in Bird food on March 30th, 2009 by admin – 281 Comments
Building bird feeders can be a wonderful project for dads, moms and kids. It’s a pretty simple craft to build a feeder that you can hang in the yard to bring enjoyment for everyone. You can use materials that you find around your garage, or you can buy a kit that has every part labeled and described, so that it’s very easily put together.
Some very simple bird feeders can be made from egg cartons. Cut the lids off and fill the egg holes with wild bird seed. To hang these feeders, poke holes in the corners and run strings through the holes. Then pull the strings together and tie them in a knot. You can hang these feeders from tree branches. They are more functional than ornamental, so if you don’t have children or grandchildren to “help” you make bird feeders, you can buy or make more sturdy feeders.
Soda pop bottles make very functional bird feeders. Rinse out a two liter bottle and poke two holes near the bottom of the bottle. Then run wire through the holes, and twist the ends together. By placing dowels close to the bottom of the bottle, you can make openings so that birds can remove seeds from it.
For more attractive and permanent bird feeders, you can buy kits that have all the pieces needed in them, along with instructions that will be easy for you to follow. They come in many different designs, from the simplicity of a platform feeder to the intricate designs on miniature colonial or Victorian style feeders. Bird feeder kids are usually easy to find at craft and hobby shops, and they will provide a place where you can bird-watch for years to come.
Posted in Bird food on March 27th, 2009 by admin – 142 Comments
Different species of birds each have their own nutritional needs, and the best parrot food is formulated for your bird’s specific needs. Be sure to check with your avian veterinarian before you change your parrot’s diet, as he or she may have recommendations for you. Many feeds for parrots will also feed parakeets, cockatiels, lovebirds, finches and canaries.
If you’re changing your bird’s diet from one parrot food brand to another, do it gradually. Add a bit more of the new feed and a bit less of the old feed daily, until your bird is eating only the new feed. You can add vegetables or fruits or other treats, if your bird doesn’t take to the new food right away.
One specific type of parrot food that has a good track record is homemade from the Quinoa grains of South America. This grain is high in phosphorous, calcium and protein. It may well be the most nutritious grain you can find, and you can make a custom mix of feed with it.
Parrots can become ill easily. If your bird leaves food on his plate, remove it before mold or bacteria has a chance to form. Be sure to give your parrot plenty of fresh water, in addition to the best quality parrot food you can find.
You can feed your parrot nuts and seeds, but do so sparingly. These don’t provide the nutrients that the bird can get from food created especially with his needs in mind.
Parrots will often eat anything that people eat, but don’t give them lima or kidney beans, alcohol, caffeine, avocados or chocolates. Your bird will stay healthier if he stays pretty much to his diet of specially formulated parrot food.
Posted in Bird food on March 24th, 2009 by admin – 153 Comments
There are many types of bird seed you can offer in your yard, to attract birds to your garden. Some of the more popular types are sunflower, safflower, corn, millet, thistle and mixed seeds.
The most often used seed in North American feeders is the black-oil sunflower seed. This seed has a high energy value and a thin shell, so it’s easy to eat for many types of birds. This is the seed of choice for sparrows, finches, chickadees, cardinals and even woodpeckers.
The striped sunflower seed is thicker-shelled and bigger than the black-oil type of sunflower. This is a seed you will often see in seed mixes. The breeds that eat this bird seed are large-billed and able to crack the shells open.
Thistle seed isn’t related to the plant by the same name. It is imported, and is becoming more popular in recent years, because it can attract finches, including goldfinches.
Safflower is a white colored sunflower seed. It is grown for bird seed and for its oil. Cardinals and other birds with big bills enjoy safflower seeds. Most bird watchers feel that birds usually will pick sunflower over safflower seeds.
Millet is a small grain that you will commonly see in seed mixes. Millet is a favorite type of bird seed for smaller birds that forage on the ground. Sparrows and Juncos will enjoy a handful of millet sprinkled on the ground.
You may find different varieties of bird seed available in commercial mixes, or if you prefer, create your own mix. Platform feeders are the normal type of feeder for these mixes, and some birds enjoy seed mixes spread on the ground. You can attract many different birds with a seed mix.
Posted in Bird food on March 5th, 2009 by admin – 160 Comments
You can place window bird feeders outside the window of the kitchen or bedroom. Placing bird food in it you can watch birds eating directly in front of the window. This is also a good opportunity for learning or teaching kids about the local birds.
During bad weather birds will use the window bird feeder more often, because it’s more difficult for them looking for food during bad weather.
There are window bird feeders with different forms and materials available, starting from about $10. Mostly they are made of perspex, so that you can easily see through. Some window bird feeders have movable cups, these are much easier to wash and refill. They vary also in size, if they are a small size, only small birds fit into it. Inform about the size of your local birds to find the proper window bird feeder size. Consider also the garantuee period the producer offers for the window bird feeder.
Posted in Bird food on February 28th, 2009 by admin – 245 Comments
Finches usually eat seeds, but to mantain optimal health they also need other finch food. In the wild nature finches they know by instict which type of nutrition they need and try to locate a food source. They eat wild berries, sap or fresh greens.
Inhouse the finches cat be adapted to other food, but you have to pay attention to feed them correctly. The main part of finch food should be made of seeds, like in nature but you have to provide other supplements to keep them healthy. You can try to feed cooked white or brown rice, peas, green beans, strawberry, grape, mellon or corn. Finch pellets are not so suitable because they are too big and don’t look like usual food to finches.
Bird supplies offer different special nutrients for birds, you can feed them from time to time with this extra bird nutriends. This will avoid shortage of needed mineral nutriens or vitamins.
Posted in Bird food on February 28th, 2009 by admin – 222 Comments
The requirements for canary food are very simple. The most part of it should persist of canary seeds. Most dealers sell this canary food as a mix of canary seed, some rape seed and hemp seed. You can buy this already mixed or seperate and mix it yourself. The seeds should be well matured, clean and not too old. If the canaries don’t like the seeds, check out if they are ok by opening a view.
In addition the canaries should get some chickweed, lettuce or a bit of an apple. They also like bread moistened in milk. The food should be completly fresh, otherwise it can lead to bacterial diseases. Don’t make the canary food too wet, is absolutely enough if it is just softened a little bit.
Canaries also like cuttle bone, hard-boiled egg, unsalted crackers or some meal worms from time to time, but not too often. The canaries will thank you with health and beauty if you provide them with good adequate canary food.