If You Want Birdseed, Buy Any Brand. If You Want Birds, Buy Featherfields’!

Emily White, B.Sc.
2009-07-08

Even though spring is here, now is not the time to let your bird feeders go empty.

Many of the berries and other natural foods that birds had this winter are gone and it will be a while before the next crop is ready. Also, as more birds migrate north, the competition for food increases.

Full feeders during spring and summer months will treat you to the exciting colours and courtship of the mating season. Male and female birds each benefit from the supplemental foods from our backyards during breeding months. Males need additional energy to defend their breeding territories, and females need plenty of food to help produce eggs. Later in the spring you may see adults bringing fledglings to the feeder for lessons in making it on their own.

Featherfields is proud to stock birdseed from the Mill Creek Seed Co. who produce the finest wild bird food in the world. Each blend is carefully formulated by Paul Bennett, Canada’s leading ornithological nutritionist. With each formulation Paul prepares his blend to account for the Canadian climate, the immediate surrounding environment and the seasonal variations that affect birds’ needs. Priority is given to quality of ingredients and the nutritional requirements of birds. Garden Friendly, Seasons Woodland, and our very own Featherfields’ Feast are just some of the superior choices for summer feeding. Come in and stock up on your favourite blend for spring and summer feeding.



BABY BIRDS


A featherless baby bird is known as a nestling. If you find one on the ground, it should be put back into its nest. Don’t worry about handling the bird; its parents will not reject it. If you can’t find the nest, make a substitute out of any container with drainage holes. Line the container to about an inch from the top with grass clippings, Spanish moss, or pine needles. Put the baby in it and hang it high, close to where you found the nestling.



HOUSING HINTS


Most backyard bird boxes in our area will potentially attract sparrows, wrens or chickadees. If you live in a more rural area and you’re very lucky, you may attract bluebirds or tree swallows to your boxes. In quiet, fenced gardens, boxes can be hung at 5-6 feet for easy monitoring and cleaning. Otherwise, they should be hung between 8-10 feet. In gardens and orchards the entrance hole should face southeast. This is not essential in more sheltered woodland areas but the entrance should always face towards the light. Stop in to Featherfields for help in selecting the appropriate birdhouse for your yard.


Make sure to visit us at the Home & Garden Show, Western Fairgrounds, April 21-23.

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