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Attract Backyard Birds Easily With These Tips

Watching and feeding wild birds, or birding, is America’s second most popular outdoor pastime (after gardening). Attracting backyard birds is easy, and it can make you more aware of and appreciate your environment. Here are some tips to setup your very own backyard birding space with a little help for Great Lakes Ace & Kaytee.

  • Keep Food Fresh – Store fresh seed in a sturdy plastic or galvanized metal waterproof container with a tight fitting lid. Keep containers in a cool, dry location, such as a garage or shed. If you're looking for a blend to try, Kaytee Nut & Fruit Blend or Kaytee Songbird Blend are a great start!
  • Change Seed Often –  Seed that is clumped together, or smells musty has gone bad. Dispose of it so that birds and animals cannot get to it and replace with your favorite blend! 
  • Water, Water, Water– Providing water, especially moving water, attracts more birds to your yard. Remember that birds like shallow water (such as a bird bath), so avoid water deeper than 2-3 inches.
  • Open Location – Birds are most comfortable when they have a clear view of potential predators and a place to escape. Put feeders on open ground near shrubs or trees.
  • Prevent Freezing – Heated birdbaths or heating elements for standard birdbaths help keep water from freezing. Some birders pour warm water in birdbaths to help melt the ice. However, never add salt to birdbath water to keep it ice-free.