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Why You Need to Keep Your Bird Feeders Full and Clean Through the Winterin Informational
The cold, winter months do not mean the end of visits from our avian friends. Throughout the winter months, many different species of birds such as jays, woodpeckers, and chickadees may continue to visit your feeder. Natural food sources can be very unpredictable throughout the winter, so it is important to continue to provide bird seed and full feeders throughout the winter months.
The scarcity of natural food sources in winter may in fact lead to more traffic to a well supplied bird feeder. This increase in birds means that the feeders will need to be properly cleaned and sanitized often. Proper cleaning will help to prevent mold and mildew buildup, as well as other pathogens that could lead to disease in the bird population.
Most winter birds tend to crave seeds, as seeds are naturally more available in the winter months compared to insects and fruit. The best seed will have a high fat or natural oil content which is high in energy and perfect for winter survival. Choose birdseeds that suit the type of bird that is more often seen on your feeder. Keep the seed full and freshly stocked to avoid a build up of seed shells and leftovers that can turn into a mess with rain or other weather factors.
Do not forget to also provide for our hummingbird friends. Hummingbird feeders provide liquid food for hummingbirds that is more suited to their nectar needs. Make sure these feeders are also full and clean through the winter. The birds will thank you.