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How To Choose a Bird Feeder

Watch more How to Take Care of a Pet Bird videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - In the cold weather, birds need help finding food. Get the best bird feeder for your feathered friends with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Choose a location Choose the best location for your bird feeder. If you're an eager bird watcher, put it near a window or deck—there's always a lot going on at a feeder. Tip Placing a bird feeder near bushes gives birds a place to hide if they are startled. Step 2: Choose a feeder that's easy to clean and fill Whatever bird feeder you decide to buy, choose one that's easy to clean and easy to fill. Step 3: Consider "hopper" feeders To attract a variety of birds, including woodpeckers and blue jays, choose a "hopper" feeder, which has a slanted roof. Hang the hopper feeder from a tree or mount it on a pole. Step 4: Consider "tube" feeders To attract smaller birds, including chickadees and finches, choose a "tube" feeder. Hang the tube feeder from a tree branch, a hook mounted into a roof overhang, or a pole in the ground. Step 5: Consider "platform" feeders To attract ground-feeding birds, including doves, choose a ground or "platform" feeder. Platform feeders can hold a variety of treats, including bits of fruit. Tip To attract an even wider range of birds, hang a suet cake—made of raw mutton or beef fat—from a special suet-cake feeder near your bird feeder. Step 6: Fill feeder Fill your bird feeder with the seed you've chosen. Sunflower seeds appeal to the widest variety of birds. If you want to avoid messy seed shells in your yard, buy shelled sunflower hearts. Tip Keeping squirrels from raiding bird feeders is an uphill battle. You can try using a special squirrel-proof feeder, but it's likely easier to distract them by sprinkling extra bird food on the ground. Step 7: Bird watch Now that you've set up a birdie buffet, get out your binoculars—watching birds is great entertainment! Did You Know? A woodpecker can peck twenty times per second.
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