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Seed Feeder Placement

Learn how to attract a variety of wild birds to your garden through careful placement and protection against predators such as squirrels of your bird feeders!

To help encourage birds to your garden you should create a safe habitat and feeding area. Birds need to feel that the area is not only attractive with food and flowers, but  your garden is also a place that's safe from wind, predators, and food stealing squirrels. If the birds do not find the location of your feeders safe, convenient or comfortable they will not use it.  Follow the guidelines shown above, such as choosing a feeder location with trees, bushes and shrubs close by that provide birds with a safe and fast retreat from nearby predators but keep the feeder far enough away from potential hiding spots of cats. Also, be sure to hang the feeder high enough that squirrels can't reach.

Squirrel-proof your bird feeding oasis by placing seed feeders at least 3 metres from the nearest tree or fence and as much as 2.5 metres off of the ground. If these distances are not an option, try using poles, baffles, and squirrel-proof feeders.

Feeder Health = Bird Health

Make sure you check your wild bird feeder regularly for mold and remove unaten food frequently. Clean seed feeders every two weeks to prevent disease and ensure good bird health. Keep your feeers topped up and you'll have plenty of returning feathered friends!

Proper bird feeder placement, protection, and maintenance are not only important to the birds you're already feeding, but potential grazers and observers too! Make sure birds visiting your garden feel at comfortable and safe around your garden and you'll enjoy hours of wild bird viewing.

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