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Feeding birds in winter - 8 tips


In the cold winter it becomes extremely difficult for birds to find enough food. Find out how you can and should feed the birds in winter here.

Feed the birds regularly

Foraging is particularly difficult when there is a closed blanket of snow in the gardens and over the fields. Or if you have to expect frost every day. Only when this is the case should you feed the birds. Because in advance the birds still find enough food in nature!

Appropriate winter feeding

We humans can support our wild birds with species-appropriate winter feeding during the cold season. However, you have to consider that this winter feeding must also take place regularly, i.e. all winter long into early spring because the animals quickly get used to a feeding place. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind when feeding birds in winter:

"Tip 1:
Always select the feeding place so that other animals (such as cats) cannot harm the birds when eating. Hang e.g. So tit balls are high enough!

"Tip 2:
If there are large window panes near the feeding areas, you should cover them with black bird stencils. This will prevent the animals from flying against it and injuring themselves.

"Tip 3:
Use bird feeders (available here) or feed silos (available here) where several birds can be at the same time.

"Tip 4:
Make sure that applied feed does not form mold. It is best to always offer the bird food with a light roof.

"Tip 5:
Clean the feeding area regularly (possibly with hot water) to avoid pathogens.

"Tip 6:
Use titballs, winter food mixes for outdoor use, sunflower seeds, raisins or oatmeal for feeding.

"Tip 7:
You should not offer the birds potatoes, bread, bacon and other, mostly water-containing feed. This can harm the animals and ultimately even lead to death!

"Tip 8:
Watch the birds only while eating. Do not disturb the animals when eating.