Bird feeding is a wonderful hobby. It allows you to enjoy the beauty, sounds and excitement of birds in your garden while helping some truly delightful creatures. At wildbirdfeeder.co.uk., we look forward to a chance in helping you find the right backyard bird feeder and educate you on all the birds that you welcome to your home..
Below, you can browse our wide selection of wild bird feeders. Whatever your feed, whatever your budget we have a large selection of beautiful and functional seed feeder. Our brand-name wild bird feeders have been best-sellers since 1958!
TYPES OF BIRD FEEDERS
Not all bird feeders serve every type of bird. Just as certain birds will only eat specific food, some birds can only use feeders that cater to their eating styles.
Perky-Pet® has several varieties of feeder to choose from, and with the right combination you can feed a huge number of bird species.
- Lantern Bird Feeders – For most people, lantern bird feeders are considered the traditional style for bird feeders. These feeders feature a gravity-fed tray that birds can sort through. These feeders are usually filled by removing the roof of the chalet-shaped feeder. Larger birds often prefer these feeders thanks to their wide trays and long perches.
- Tube Bird feeders – Your smaller bird species will prefer tube feeders. These feeders often have small perches and small feeder ports. This design limits access to larger, more aggressive bird species. Refill these feeders by pulling off the small cap at the top of each tube.
- Finch feeders – If you plan on feeding finches exclusively, consider a finch feeder. These specialty tube feeders feature very small openings for finches to extract Niger Seed, a food that only finches enjoy. This is a great way to feed birds while avoiding some of the nuisance species.
- Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders – If you’re having trouble with Grey Squirrels, Perky-Pet®’s line of squirrel proof feeders can do the trick. These feeders feature a number of design elements that resist squirrel intrusion, including weight-activated seals, baffles and collapsible perches.
BIRD SEED THAT ATTRACTS BIRDS
Buying bird seed may seem like a simple task, but when you begin to explore the variety available you will be amazed!
With so many options it can be daunting to purchase bird seed for the first time. Perky-Pet®, which has been selling bird feeders since the 1950s, has this advice:
- Be Wary of Mixed Seed – The most common mixed seed, usually the least expensive, contains a lot of filler seeds that many birds will not eat. This results in a lot of bird seed being tossed to the ground where it quickly spoils. If you want to buy mixed seed, consider the specialty mixes that target a very specific species. Those blends will be labeled with the species name, rather than the less desirable “Mixed Seed” and are priced higher. By focusing the blend on one species, you will likely see more of those birds.
- More Birds Love Black Oil Sunflower Seed – To attract the widest variety of birds with the least amount of wasted seed, Black Oil Sunflower seed is your best bet. This high-protein seed is a favorite with a wide variety of birds. If you’re going to choose just one seed, this is the one you want!
- Niger Seed is a Guaranteed Finch Attractor – This seed, sometimes called Nyjer® or thistle seed, is a thin seed favored by siskins and goldfinches. Because the seed is so tiny, you will need a special finch feeder to offer it to your garden birds. The best thing about Niger is that Grey Squirrels don’t like it!
- Squirrels Are Not Fans of Safflower Seed – Some stores in the UK are beginning to offer Safflower Seed. This seed is another variety that Grey Squirrels generally detest. At the same time, many finch species love it and will readily eat it. Unlike Niger, this seed is large enough to work in a regular feeder.
- Peanuts Are Always a Hit – Packed with protein and essential oils, peanuts make another great bird food. Peanuts should be placed inside a metal mesh feeder so that birds peck them apart, rather than carry them away whole.
SUET AND FAT BALLS FOR BIRDS
Suet cakes and fat balls are another bird feeding option. This food is a cake of lard or suet. It usually includes a variety of seeds, berries and even insects as added attractants. The cakes are removed from their packaging and then inserted in a wire mesh or cage feeder. Your garden birds enjoy the protein during cold winters, breeding season and while feeding young.
OTHER BIRD ATTRACTANTS
Birds will visit your garden for more than just food! You have lots of other opportunities to entice them. Some ideas:
- Nest boxes – Bird houses can be an integral part of your garden habitat. Try placing a few different nest boxes to attract multiple species. Be aware that nearly every bird species has its own preference for placement height and entrance hole size.
- Nesting material – You can provide a lot of nesting material for birds with the plants you grow in your garden – especially if your garden includes grasses, moss and other soft material. You can also provide a suet feeder that’s filled with string and scraps of fabric.
- Water feeders – Birds also need water. In fact, try one of Perky-Pet®’s bird water feeders. You can also provide a bird bath, pond or a fountain. A water source, above all others, will attract the greatest variety of species to a garden!
When you buy a bird feeder, there are also a few other things you will need to help you take care of it! Chances are you may have many of these items somewhere around the home, others can be found right here on www.wildbirdfeeders.co.uk!
- Scoop – To help you fill your bird feeder, a scoop with a strong handle is a big help! The best scoops will have a tapered end to help focus the stream of bird seed as you pour it.
- Storage bin – A secure bin for holding your bird seed is essentially to protect it from squirrels and other pests. We recommend a galvanized can if you store your bird seed outside.
- Bird feeder pole – Many of our feeders include a slot in the base of the feeder so that it can be mounted on a pole. This lets you place your feeder where you want it!
- Hanging hooks – Another option for feeder placement is a hanging hook. This hook or chain helps you attach your feeder to a tree or suspend it from your porch.
- Squirrel baffles – These limit a squirrel’s access to a bird feeder by blocking it from dropping on a feeder or by stopping it from climbing up a pole. If your neighborhood is overrun with the furry fiends, then squirrel baffles will be a necessity!
- Scrub brush – Bird feeders need to be cleaned about every two weeks. Scrub them gently with warm, soapy water and allow them to dry before refilling with bird seed.
- Rake or shovel – They may be beautiful, but birds can also be a bit messy! Have a rake or shovel handy to scoop up discarded seeds and hulls. Don’t put this seed back in the feeder, it can make your visitors ill.
THE BEST BIRD FEEDERS IN THE UK
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You can also find more bird feeders and bird feeder supplies being added all the time. That means even more opportunities to feed the birds you love!