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 and best for those
birds with smaller bills, such as the sparrow, junco and goldfinch.
This seed is accepted by the greatest variety of birds.
Mixed Seed is also popular. It is best to buy the mixes that
contain white proso millet, a tiny cream colored seed with a shiny
shell. Mixes containing finely cracked corn and black oil sunflower
are also preferred by a large number of birds.
Niger (Thistle Seed) is imported from Africa and Asia. Niger won't
germinate, however, it has a tendency to become moldy due to lack
of air circulation. If you notice mold on the seed, it must be
removed from the feeder and the feeder must be cleaned
Q. How do I clean my bird feeders?
A. No/No feeders can be dish washed or hand washed. Before filling
your feeders with fresh seed, it is recommended that the following
precautions are taken:
- Remove all old seed.
- Place the feeder on top rack of the dish washer.
- Allow the feeder to dry completely before refilling.
- Remove all old seed.
- Soak feeder in a light water/bleach solution (9 parts water to
1 part bleach).
- Gently cleanse feeder and allow to air dry.
After the feeder is clean and dry follow these steps
- Rake and remove accumulated hulls and droppings from underneath
- Spread mulch (bark or wood) under the feeder, replace mulch
- Thoroughly wash hands after handling and cleaning feeders.
Q. What is the importance of providing water for wild birds?
A. Wild birds need fresh, clean water just as much as they need
seed. Birds stay healthy by using water not just for drinking, but
also for bathing, cleaning their feathers and to remove parasites.
Waterers are better options than bird baths because they provide
birds with fresh, clean water that prevents dirt and debris from
In hotter climates or seasons, providing water for birds makes it
easy for them to have access to a water source and retain their
energy. By adding a water source, you also can attract a larger
variety of birds to your yard. You may even attract more colorful
birds that don't eat seed, but are in need of water!