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Learn all about the care and feeding of pet birds in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Knowledge of birds
- Fruit (optional) (optional) (optional)
- Cake of suet (optional) (optional) (optional)
- Suet-cake feeder (optional) (optional) (optional)
Choose a location
Choose the best location for your bird feeder. If you’re an eager bird watcher, put it near a window or deck—there’s always a lot going on at a feeder.
Choose a feeder that’s easy to clean and fill
Whatever bird feeder you decide to buy, choose one that’s easy to clean and easy to fill.
Consider “hopper” feeders
To attract a variety of birds, including woodpeckers and blue jays, choose a 'hopper' feeder, which has a slanted roof. Hang the hopper feeder from a tree or mount it on a pole.
Consider “tube” feeders
To attract smaller birds, including chickadees and finches, choose a 'tube' feeder. Hang the tube feeder from a tree branch, a hook mounted into a roof overhang, or a pole in the ground.
Consider “platform” feeders
To attract ground-feeding birds, including doves, choose a ground or 'platform' feeder. Platform feeders can hold a variety of treats, including bits of fruit.
Fill your bird feeder with the seed you’ve chosen. Sunflower seeds appeal to the widest variety of birds. If you want to avoid messy seed shells in your yard, buy shelled sunflower hearts.
Now that you’ve set up a birdie buffet, get out your binoculars—watching birds is great entertainment!