FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about wild bird feeding?
Read our library of Frequently Asked Questions and their respective answers. If you have a question not answered below, please feel free to contact us.

  • Protecting Birds

  • Bird Seed

  • Cleaning

  • Feeder Types

Protecting Birds

Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I discourage squirrels?

A: Here are a few simple and effective suggestions for keeping the squirrels and raccoons off your feeder:

  • When hanging your feeder from a tree branch, try and locate it at least twelve feet from any tree around. This will prevent squirrels from either jumping from the tree or up from the ground onto the feeder.
  • When hanging the feeder off a line, make sure the length of line is at least 1.5m long with the feeder suspended at least 70cm above the ground. You should also use a very thin wire, such as piano wire, whenever you hang your feeder.
  • If you choose to pole mount your feeder, make sure the pole is at least 1.5m in length. This will allow you to place the pole approximately 20cm into the ground and still keep the bottom of the feeder four feet off the ground.
  • You may also want to add a squirrel baffler. We recommend one that is at least 30cm diameter.

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Q: What can I do to prevent undesirable birds from using my feeder?

A: For Pigeons and large aggressive birds, use bird feeders with a wire mesh surrounding the seed reservoir that prohibits larger birds from flying through the mesh openings and eating the seed. 

Do not put mixed seed in your feeder to prevent Doves and Sparrows from feeding.

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Q: Do bird feeders attract mice or rats?

A: Loose seed can attract rodents. By keeping the area around the feeder as clean as possible, you can prevent mice and rats from coming around.

We recommend using a seed catcher to help keep loose seed from collecting around the base of the feeders. Also, you should keep bags os unused seed sealed in plastic bags or in cans with tight lids.

If you begin to have trouble with mice or rats, we suggest you visit our sister site www.victorpest.co.uk for tips, traps, and other methods of controlling mice and rats.

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Q: How can I stop birds from flying into my window?

A: The key is to make your windows less transparent. A few ideas would be to shut the curtains/ blinds, hanging a mobile or coloured ribbon outside the window, place sticker on the window.

If the previous suggestions do not work, you may want to relocate the feeder to another place in your garden.

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Bird Seed

Bird Seed FAQ's


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What are the most popular bird seeds to use?

A: Black Oil Sunflower Seed is the most popular bird seed. It is much smaller than the traditional sunflower seed. It is best for those birds with smaller bills, such as the sparrow and goldfinch. It is accepted by the greatest variety of birds.

Mixed Seed is also popular. It is best to buy the mixes that contain white millet, a tiny cream coloured seed with a shiny shell. Mixes containing finely cracked corn and black oil sunflower.

Niger (Nyjer or Thistle Seed) is imported from Africa and Asia. Niger won't germinate, however, it has a tendency to become mouldy due to lack of air circulation. If you notice mould on the seed, it must be removed from the feeder and the feeder must be cleaned thoroughly.

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Q: How do I prevent seeds from sprouting under my feeder?

A: You will need to sterilise your seed to prevent it from germinating. This will not alter the attractiveness or the nutritional value of the seed in any way.

here are two methods:

  • Conventional Oven: Place the seed on a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes at 150°C.
  • Microwave Oven: Place seed in a paper bag. Cook on high power for 5 minutes

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Q: The holes in the niger feeder are awfully small. Will the birds be able to feed?

A: Believe it or not, they will be able to feed. The Niger/Thistle feeder is specially designed to only attract birds that feed on niger seed.

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Q: Why does the seed in my feeder get moldy?

A: Mold is caused by a heavy rain, driving sleet or snow plugging the feeding ports and allowing water to dampen the seed. Always clean, dry and refill your feeders after heavy weather.

You may also want to try placing 1/4" of cat litter in the bottom of the feeder to absorb excess moisture

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Cleaning

Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I clean my bird feeders?

A: Before filling your feeder with fresh seed, it is recommended that the following precautions are taken:

  • Remove all old seed.
  • Soak feeder in a light water/bleach solution (9 parts water to 1 part bleach).
  • Scrub feeder and allow to air dry.
  • Rake and remove accumulated hulls and droppings from underneath the feeders.
  • Spread mulch (bark or wood) under the feeder, replace mulch when soiled. To prevent mold growth, use weatherproof feeders when conditions are humid or wet.
  • Thoroughly wash hands after handling and cleaning feeders

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Q: How do I clean my bird house?

A: Please see our bird feeding tips. There are cleaning instructions at the bottom of the page.

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Feeder Types

Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I own a window feeder. Lately it will not stick to the window. What can I do?

A: The first suggestion is to slightly moisten the cups. If you have already tried moistening the suction cups, we have a few other tips:

  • Make sure the window surface is clean. If there's a smoky film on the glass, use a window cleaner to remove the film.
  • Examine the edges of the suction cups to see if they are ragged. If they are, you may be able to use petroleum jelly to smooth out the edges.

If you are still having trouble, we recommend buying replacement suction cups.

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Q: Will I find only finches at my finch feeder?

A: No. Siskins and Redpolls are also attracted to niger seed.

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WildBirdFeeders.co.uk is your leading online source for wild bird feeders, feeder accessories, and bird baths. We offer the broadest and deepest set of quality bird feeders to make your wild bird watching experience even more enjoyable!