Those April Showers... Can Make a Mess of Bird Feeders.
It's neither tube nor platform, not quite a hopper either, though the All-Weather Feeder melds the best variations of each style to guarantee dry seed in the worst conditions.
Backyard birds don't know from “thinking outside the box”, but they must have some clue because instead of eating downward in natural fashion, they adapt to eat upwards with this feeder. Say what? That’s what we thought too… until we saw it in action!
The All-Weather Feeders (in 4- or 6-quart capacity) are an innovation in wild bird feeding. These almost hopper bird feeders keep seed dry in the most horrid conditions regardless of season. They dispense seed as needed – for that particular bird at the time they feed. Ten seed ports are nestled on the underside of the big hopper where they're protected from the elements… even if it's raining sideways!
Birds use the large tray to land and perch comfortably while feeding from above. 360 degree feeder offers full view of all feeding birds. The tray is very useful for acclimating or training birds while the feeder is still new to them. Additional treats (like shelled peanuts or suet nuggets) may also be used on the tray itself to further entice feathered friends.
The All-Weather Feeder may be hung or pole-mounted with an optional pole attachment. Black oil sunflower or a safflower/sunflower mix is recommended as seed ports don't accommodate the larger striped sunflower seeds.
Constructed of sturdy poly-carbonate which won’t yellow over time, the feeder also comes with a 10-year warranty against breakage (normal wear & tear).
Forget the nasty hassle of digging out wet seed from feeders after rain and snow- this is when birds depend most on a consistent food source. All-Weather and truly weather-proof feeder keeps seed dry and 100% available, no matter Mother nature's mood. A fab idea in wild bird feeding, it just goes to show that some hopper bird feeders are better than others!
There are several reasons why birds might be ignoring your new bird bath. After all, fresh water is the best way to attract birds to the garden in the first place.
The most common reason: The water's too deep.
Simple fact- birds can drown and deep water is unknown, scary and dangerous. Just one to two inches is sufficient for them to bathe, splash and preen safely. In nature you'll see them bathing at a puddles' edge. They'll hop or move to deeper water towards center only as they're able to judge depth.
Shallow is always best, even if the birdbath is deeper, do not fill it to the top. Adding a large rock in the center helps, be sure it rises above water level. River rocks or stones also help little birdie feet with safe footing.
Texture helps birds grip while some bird baths even offer steps for easy navigation into the pool. This new birdbath has both for the ultimate bathing experience!
Another culprit? The water's dirty.
Offering a place for birds to drink and bathe is by far the easiest way to entice them to your yard. But as with feeders- one must take responsibility to maintain and keep them clean. Dirty feeders and/or birdbaths are harmful as disease can be spread quickly among local bird populations visiting the feeders or baths. Would you take a bath in dirty water?
Fancy cleaners abound on the market, but good old elbow grease and a 10% bleach solution always does the trick. Be sure to rinse well, be it a feeder, birdhouse or birdbath. Sorry, but no picture of dirty bath water here- it's really gross!
Not as obvious? Another or hidden water source birds prefer.
They may just like your old bird bath better :( Familiarity is a common theme... with both humans and wildlife, it's a natural thing. Try moving the familiar bird bath, or adding a dripper or leaf mister to pique their curiosity.
A friend purchased one of the copper deck mount birdbaths last year. She would periodically complain that no birds were using the new bath and we just weren't really understanding why?
Because we use the same birdbath at home and it sees daily activity, it didn't make any sense! Her habitat is lovely with a wooded yard and lots of open space, her husband even rigged misters for three huge Boston ferns hanging under a pergola. There's a hummingbird feeder and swing... it's perfect habitat for any friendly flier!
A few months later she was telling me about having to replace the gutters, they were clogged and leaking. Lo and behold... the birds were using the clogged gutters for their bathing needs! She noticed them flying to and fro, way up high, preferring the familiar water source over the brand new bird bath offered in plain sight on the deck rail.
Once the gutters were repaired, the birds immediately started using the bath! True story... you can't really make this stuff up :)
So if birds are ignoring your new birdbath- there's usually a pretty good reason and easy fix!
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