Attracting wild birds to your yard is entertaining and fun. You’ll find birdseed, bird feeders, nesting houses, and more at Argyle Feed & Hardware. Shop us in the store or online for your wild birdseed. We offer in-store pick up, local delivery, or have your seed shipped to your home.
After you find the right feeder, here are some tips for backyard birding.
Provide enough water for the birds. Birds rely on both food AND water from their favorite backyards. Providing a source of water along with your feeder will make your backyard a one-stop-shop for birds.
Clean your dry seed bird feeders monthly. How often you clean them depends on the type of feed you use. Clean bird feeders with dry seed monthly. Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned weekly. Cleaning feeders regularly helps prevent bacteria that can be harmful to birds.
Change out the seed – if the birds (and squirrels) don’t eat it quickly. Typically this isn’t a problem as most feeders are emptied within a few days. Change the seed in a dry seed feeder every 5-7 days to avoid mold, bacteria, or bugs in the feeders.
Feed the birds year-round. Birds need food and water all year long. While some birds migrate, there are still species that stick around. Some birds become reliant on their regular food sources and favorite yards. Change the type of food you provide seasonally, but never put away the feeders for the winter. During the colder months, natural food sources are more limited.
Avoid using red dye in your hummingbird feeder. Red dye can be harmful. Most feeders are made of bright-colored plastic or glass, which attracts them. There are also certain flowers that hummingbirds love, consider adding these flowers to your garden to make your yard a hummingbird haven!
Provide shelter for the birds. Birds find comfort in natural shelter from shrubs, trees, and bushes. This can help them feel protected from predators and provide an area to rest after taking a long flight. Make sure trees and taller shrubbery aren’t too close to feeders because this can give critters easy access to jump onto feeders and scare away birds.
Put out nesting boxes in the spring. Birdhouses and natural nesting areas like trees, shrubs, and bushes provide safe areas for birds to build a nest and have a family! Most birds will even return to the same nesting spots each year. Some research has shown that baby birds return to the yards they were born in and build their nests in the same area.