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Garden Bird Feeders Spread Disease : Fact or Fiction?

I have been reading a lot lately about cleaning and washing bird feeders. Is it really necessary? Surely I fill them with seed, the birds come, they take the seed then I refill – simple! Now I am told that bird feeders spread disease. So, what are the dangers of bird feeders and should I worry if I touched dried …

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Using Cayenne Pepper In Bird Seed

Depending on where you live, you may be suffering the unwanted attention of squirrels around your bird feeders. Rodents, vermin, pests – call them what you will, they are a nuisance around bird feeders. So, what can we do to stop squirrels from stealing the bird food? I have heard of using cayenne pepper but, is using cayenne pepper in …

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Are Birds Attracted To Certain Colours?

For a while now (and for no particular reason) I have been using colour neutral feeders in my garden. When I recently bought a peanut feeder I was interested to find out if its green colouring would have any effect on the birds that visit. I started to wonder – are birds attracted to certain colours? Birds have excellent eyesight …

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How To Encourage Green Woodpecker To Feed In Your Garden

I live in an area populated by the Green Woodpecker and one of my neighbours has seen them in her garden a number of times, including a baby one. I am fascinated by these creatures and I want to know how to encourage green woodpeckers to feed in my garden. The green woodpecker is the largest of the UK’s woodpecker population. …

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How To Feed Birds From An Apartment Balcony

Do you love feeding birds but have no garden? For those of us fortunate to have a private garden there are many options available; feeding poles, hanging feeders, bird baths. What about those who live in an apartment block? How on earth do you feed birds from an apartment balcony? For people living in an apartment or a high rise, …

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How To Stop Weeds Caused By Bird Seed

For a few weeks now I have been watching the birds at the feeders, coming and going without a care in the world. The thing is, this bird feeding hobby is starting to have an impact on my lawn, causing seed mess, bird mess and now – weeds. I didn’t want to remove the feeders but I did want to …

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What Happened When I Moved My Bird Feeders

In a two week experiment I wanted to show just how effective the advice on this and other blogs can be when choosing the best place for a bird feeder. In another post here, I went through the main reasons why birds won’t go to a bird feeder. Reasons such as location, noise and exposure. If you get these things right …

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What Makes A Good Bird Bath : 10 Ways To Get It Right

As I write this post, winter is fast approaching. Cold weather, snow and ice are fun for me and the children, sliding along on the school run. But I want to spare a thought for the birds on my bird feeder. I want to get a bird bath to provide a safe place for the birds to drink and wash …

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Red Algae In Your Bird Bath? This Is What To Do

Something I have noticed since getting into feeding garden birds is the water in my bird bath turns red. I also noticed it in a disused plant pot in the corner of the garden. What is that red stuff in my bird bath? I wanted to find out where it comes from and, more importantly if it is harmful to birds. I …

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How To Stop Attracting Rats To Bird Feeders

In my neighbourhood there is a big rat problem. Due to the large lake nearby, the area has become known for its rat population and this is causing me concern. Do bird feeders attract rats? I like to feed the birds but, like so many others, I want to know how to feed the birds and not the rats. Bird …