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Bird Food And Other Animals 

Bird Food And Other Animals 

It is no secret that bird food can attract not only birds. This blog aims to highlight everything you need to know about bird food and other animals. Bird seed can bring rare and beautiful flying visitors to your garden throughout the year, however it can also attract pests such as mice, squirrels and even rats.

However, there are plenty of steps you can take to make sure you keep vermin away from your garden and birds can enjoy their food without the risk of onlooking animals stealing their seeds or even worse, harming them. Feeding birds not only can bring huge amounts of joy and satisfaction but also plays a huge role in conservation and protecting wildlife. It’s important that bird feeding continues despite the occasional risk of also attracting other animals.

feeding squirrels

Bird Food And Squirrels

There are several ways in which you can squirrel-proof your garden to ensure that the food you are putting out for birds isn’t stolen by squirrels. Not only can squirrels steal bird food but they can also cause mayhem in your gardens.

A squirrel’s handiwork can be recognised by:

  • Hidden nuts
  • Missing fruit
  • Shallow holes
  • Leftover seed heads

At Kennedy Wild Bird Food we offer a Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder to ensure that you can feed birds in your garden without pesky squirrels having the same idea. With this device, the weight of a squirrel shuts off the feeding ports, meaning only birds have access to the quality seeds you provide.

Bird Food, Mice And Rats

It is no secret that rodents are always on the lookout for food, however, it is also no secret that they often carry diseases which could fatally affect birds, other animals or even humans.

There are ways in which you can feed birds without running the risk of attracting pests such as rats and mice. Sure, rodents are on the lookout for food, but equally, they don’t necessarily embrace a challenge. One of the main reasons why mice and rats will access your bird food is because it is so easily accessible. Making your feeders harder for them to access will likely make them not bother.

Ensuring there is no mess and feeders are kept clean are key ways in which you can discourage vermin from visiting your garden. Hygiene stems further than just the bird feeder, ensuring your garden is clean and free from rubbish will make rats and mice less likely to visit your garden on the prowl for their next meal.

Bird Food Attracting Other Animals

To some extent, having bird seeds in your garden will increase the chances of other visitors, no matter what steps you take. But it doesn’t always mean this is bad news. As long as you maintain a good level of hygiene with the feeders and cleanliness throughout the garden, other animals may just be passing by!

The key takeaways from this blog are to:

  • Clean your feeders!
  • Locate your feeders out of reach from other animals
  • Invest in squirrel-proofing equipment
  • Maintain the cleanliness of your garden
  • Don’t leave seeds and water sources to go bad

Bird Food At Kennedy Wild Bird Food

Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Food, we offer the highest quality bird seed. We ensure that you will attract a multitude of birds to your garden with our mixture of bird seeds and feeders. We also offer an array of equipment and devices that can deter other animals from eating the bird food.

Remember: as always, if you spot a rare yet beautiful bird in your garden, be sure to log it in the Birdspotter App!

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5th Jul 2023 Rachel Weinhold

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