Training & Education
Bird Feeders and Seed
Finding the right bird feeder and seed can be a challenging experience. Here we have an overview and charts to help make the “right” choice. What you purchase will go a long way in determining what types of birds frequent your area.
Our Backyard Bird Friends
Tips & Helpful Hints
When it comes to tips and helpful hints, Prince Corporation has you covered. Whether it’s positioning your feeder and learning bird colors and behaviors or learning how to care for birds in the winter and keep squirrels from disturbing our feathered friends, we have the “Did You Know” type of information to make your backyard bird hobby a success.
Winter Bird Feeding
Information, References & Tips
In much of North America, winter is a difficult time for birds. Days are often windy and cold; nights are long and even colder. Birds may have difficulty finding enough food during the short winter days to fuel their internal furnaces. Find out what you can do to help our feathered friends during the long winter months.
How to Attract Humming Birds and Orioles
Information, References & Tips
Learn how to attract these stunning birds to your backyard and some fun facts to increase your enjoyment of them.
Why are there no birds at my feeders?
Answer: There are many factors that may prevent birds from visiting your feeder at any given time. Make sure the feed is fresh and not mouldy. Try changing the food type. Check the location of the bird feeder making sure the birds feel safe. Sometimes squirrels will scare away the birds from a feeder, so squirrel proof your feeder. Having a bird bath for fresh water may help as well.
I purchased a bag of bird food in early spring. Over the summer I first noticed worms, then moths. What can I do to prevent this?
Answer: It is natural for moths to lay their eggs in seeds. The eggs lay dormant as long as the seeds are stored in a cool, dry place. In the summer months when it gets hot, the eggs will hatch and you will notice worms. The best way to avoid this issue is to buy seeds in smaller quantities, especially in the warm summer months. Also make sure to store your seed in a cool, dry place.
How do I keep birdseed from sprouting under my feeder?
Answer: The bird feeding industry is constantly trying to find cost effective way to prevent sprouting of seeds that fall onto the ground. At this time, the Nyjer® industry is the only one that heat sterilizes its seed to prevent a majority of sprouting. Options that are available for the other seeds that will sprout include:
✓ Rake up any old seed or hulls before they have a chance to sprout. Try to place feeders in areas clear of grass or where there is mulch to provide easier clean-up.✓ Feed sunflower meats or a no-waste bird seed. By doing this the birds are more likely to consume all of the seed and there will be no hulls left to sprout.✓ Purchase a tray to place under your feeders to catch some of the excess hulls.
How do I keep squirrels from taking over my feeders?
✓ Try to place feeders at least 12 feet from any surface that squirrels can jump from.✓ If you are using a pole mounted feeder, make sure to place it at least 5’ off the ground and attach a squirrel baffle below the feeder. If you are hanging the feeder from a tree, place a dome shaped baffle above the feeder.✓ Purchase a squirrel proof feeder. Many manufactures offer different types of squirrel proof feeders. Some feeders are tube feeders that are enclosed in metal cages which prevent the squirrels from getting to the seed. Others have weighted platforms that cause doors to close over the feeding ports when the heavy squirrel lands on the platform.✓ Feed safflower in your feeders. Squirrels generally do not like the taste of safflower and will leave your feeder alone.✓ If you can’t beat them, than feed them. Try diverting squirrels away from your feeders by providing them with their own feed in an area away from your feeders.
How do I keep birds from pecking on my windows?
Answer: Occasionally in spring or summer people may find birds pecking at their window. This is mainly due to the fact that birds become quite territorial during the breeding season and when they see the reflection in the window, they think it is another bird and respond aggressively. To eliminate this behavior try to remove the reflection they see by putting up a screen, make the glass cloudy or by applying a decal to your window.
What is the recipe for Hummingbird nectar?
Answer: Although there are many brands of commercial hummingbird nectar available for your convenience, it is easy to make a sugar solution to attract hummingbirds. To make the sugar solution, combine 1 part granulated sugar to 4 parts water. Boil for 1-2 minutes and let cool. Store unused solution in your refrigerator. Change the nectar regularly. Red dyes are not necessary and some may be unhealthy.