Choosing Your Bird Feeders
The ideal feeding place meets a number of criteria. These are generally related to hygiene and safety for the birds. For example, place feeding tables at a distance from bushes, this way predators cannot wait for the birds. It’s also important to ensure feeding systems are cleaned regularly.
1. Diversity of birds
Blue Tits, Great Tits, Greenfinch and sparrows are often found using hanging feeders, however there are also birds like the Robin, the Wren, the Chaffinch and the Blackbird that prefer to take food from the ground or a feeding table. Therefore, offering a varied menu from different styles of feeder will help you attract the widest possible variety of birds.
2. Taste Test
By offering many different seed mixes and fat products in all kinds of feeders you can test which food and feeder is the most popular with your birds. If you know this, you can make it easy for yourself by purchasing an extra-large feeder or multiple feeding systems and stock up on your favourite foods for extra savings.
3. Choice of material
There are a wide variety of feeders available on the market and some important factors to consider when selecting the material. Plastic feeders are a lower cost alternative to metal making them ideal for beginners. However they are not recommended if you have squirrels visiting your garden. Our metal feeders are powder coated, so will not rust and shall last longer than plastic alternatives. They are far more resilient to squirrel damage so are the preferred choice for many with busy gardens. Our feeder tubes are made from high-quality UV stabilised plastic to ensure they will not discolour in sunlight. All important factors to consider when selecting your feeder.
4. Ergonomic perching rings
Our unique perching rings allow birds to eat in their natural position, facing forward! The design gives birds a better view of their surrounding area whilst eating so they can feel safer and stay at the feeder longer. This is especially important in the colder months when birds need to spend as much time feeding as possible to consume the calories and energy they need to survive the long nights.
5. Help the little ones
Feeding birds is fun - but trying to keep squirrels and large birds from pilfering all the food or damaging feeders when you have a busy wildlife garden can be a challenge. Using feeders with protective guardian cages will minimise the impact large birds and squirrels have and allow the smaller birds to feast in peace. Having protected feeders, and feeders designed for squirrels in the garden will also help keep larger garden visitors off the bird feeders intended for smaller species.
6. Feed peanuts safely
Peanuts are very nutritious and are full of essential proteins and oils. Birds love them! Feed peanuts only with a suitable mesh feeding system. Young birds can easily choke on a whole peanut. Our peanut feeders are designed in such a way that it is impossible for birds to extract a full peanut.
As mentioned, hygiene around feeding areas is very important. Clean feeders regularly with a biological, disinfectant cleaner. Our unique Apollo feeder ranges are equipped with a Click & Go system. This system ensures that you can easily disassemble the feeder without a screwdriver, making keeping feeders clean, easier than ever!
Advantages of Apollo Seed Feeders:
- Equipped with unique perching rings
- Tubes made of UV-stabilized polycarbonate
- Easy to dismantle
- No tools required
- Easy to clean
- Unique ventilation system, keeps food fresh for longer
8. Balcony tip
A balcony is easy to make bird friendly. Simply use a window feeder and you can see the birds up close and personal.
9. Bird friendly city garden
The fencing of a city garden is, if sufficiently high, an ideal place to hang nest boxes, feeders or flower boxes with wildlife-friendly plants.
10. Feeding stations
Do you have limited space and would you like to try out different food and feeders? Then choose a feeding station. This is a pole to which you can hang various feeding tables, feeders or other products such as water dishes.