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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 …

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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 …

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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 – …

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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. Normal …

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Feeding Birds On An Apartment Balcony The Right Way

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 do you feed birds from an apartment balcony? For people …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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How To Stop Attracting Rats To Bird Feeders

There a seems to be a rat problem in my neighbourhood. It is often the topic of conversation in local social media groups. Feeding the ducks at the local lake does not help but – do bird feeders attract rats? If so, how can I stop attracting rats to my …