Ground Guard For Ground Feeding Birds
One question we get asked about on a regular basis when talking to our customers is "how can I stop all the big bad birds from eating all my bird food - they're just wiping us out and it's costing us a fortune!"
Now, here at Gala Wildlife, we believe all creatures are equal and deserve to be treated the same regardless of size, etc. However, we do understand our customers finding it frustrating when their hard-earned bird food is going up in a flurry of beaks and wings! If you're feeding on the ground, then you're definitely going to encourage them down for a free-for-all feast. So what can you do?!
Well, firstly, we'd encourage you to purchase a dedicated bird feeder that can be hung from a branch, a bird table or from a bird feeding station. Larger birds such as pigeons and crows etc find it more difficult to feed on these devices and, this, in turn, can deter them from even trying - especially the two ported variety which they'll find much more difficult to get a foot-hold on to.
Secondly, if you have a bird table that's getting hit by the bigger birds, try fixing canes or equivalent around the openings of the table (attach to the roof legs going from one to the other leg, all around the table). You'll need to leave about a 1.5-inch gap between the canes (or whatever you're using) to allow the small birds through. You might need to get a little creative, however, to allow you access to the table platform for cleaning and topping up purposes.
For ground feeding, we would advise purchasing one of our brilliant Ground Feeding Guards. They're great for allowing the smaller birds access to the food placed on the ground, but also provide a safer and more secure feeding environment, too. They come in 2 sized apertures - 3cm x 7cm for small birds (robins, chaffinch, sparrow etc), and 6cm x 6.5cm for medium sized birds (blackbirds, starlings thrush etc). A top opening lid means easy access to the ground for adding more bird food, as required.
Do you have any tips? Feel free to let us know.
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