As the holiday season approaches, you’ll see more and more houses wrapped in glowing strands of lights and ornamented with bountiful greenery and wreaths. You may find yourself wanting more options to make your home stand out from everyone else on the street. If you feed wild birds, you’ll also face the task of supplying plenty of cold-weather sustenance for your feathered friends.
But who says you can’t feed your birds and deck the halls at the same time? If you’re as much of a bird fanatic as we are, then this convenient guide will help you adorn your yard for winter with functional décor your birds are sure to love!
Best Feeders for Winter Bird Feeding
There are countless ways to spread holiday cheer around your house while simultaneously feeding your feathered friends. One obvious way is to add some decorative bird feeders. Thankfully, Perky-Pet® has plenty of festive options to do the job!
Nothing says “winter wonderland” quite like these Perky-Pet® mesh feeders and Perky-Pet® metal cage feeders in the shape of your favorite snowy creatures! These charming feeders do more than just add a decorative flair to your yard, they also provide a convenient place for multiple birds to cling and dine on seed. Plus, each one is constructed with an all-metal design that will ensure your feeders last through many more winters. One even features solar lights to illuminate the bird feeding action during the twilight hours!
If you’re looking for a winter feeder that also contributes to your holiday color scheme, Perky-Pet® Seed Ball Feeders are for you! These feeders come in two festive colors to accentuate your seasonal outdoor décor. The ornament-style silhouette will have your outdoor trees looking as great as the one inside! Winter birds can cling and feed from anywhere on the diamond-mesh surface, ensuring that a multitude of species can be accommodated. Plus, the all-metal construction is durable and weather resistant to allow for years of bird watching enjoyment.
For a timeless look, trim your backyard trees with these classic winter-themed feeders from Perky-Pet®! Whether you need to protect against squirrels or add a rustic touch to your outdoor décor, these festive feeders are sure to complement the beauty of your snow-covered yard. Each feeder holds plenty of seed, so your birds will have an adequate food supply and you will have hours of bird-watching enjoyment!
Prepare the Winter Feast
Certain feeders are good for specific types of birds – the same goes for the types of food you supply. To attract the most birds, it is best to offer up a variety of seed types and other food options. For example, if you are partial to cardinals, try dried fruit and cracked peanuts with black oil sunflower and safflower seeds.
Winter bird feeding also calls for foods with a high fat and protein content. During the colder months when insects are scarce, our feathered friends need to consume plenty of calories from other sources to keep warm. In addition to the black oil sunflower seeds and peanuts mentioned above, suet is a great way to provide calories. This pure fat food is perfect for winter birds and you can serve it alongside your preferred seed in a feeder with a suet cage.
Handmade Holiday Bird Feeders
Feeling creative? In addition to winter-themed bird feeders from Perky-Pet®, there are also a few handmade holiday feeder options you can add to your yard for the birds to enjoy! Plus, they make a great seasonal craft project that allows the whole family to get in on the fun.
1. Popcorn strands
You know those strands of popcorn some people use to decorate their trees indoors? Well, try hanging them outside and let the birds have a feast! All it takes is a needle, some thread, and unsalted popcorn! If you’re feeling festive, you can also add some cranberries to the mix. It’s certainly a fun activity to do with the kids. Once you’re done, wrap them around the trees in your yard and watch the birds enjoy!
2. Suet Wreath
This one is a great winter project. All you need to make your own is peanut butter, rendered suet, bird seed and dried berries. If this is your first time making it, follow a recipe for homemade suet, like this one from Audubon. Use a Bundt pan to create a perfect mold for a wreath-like silhouette. Finally, tie with some wide, decorative ribbon to hang from the trees around your home. It looks cute, and the birds will enjoy eating it up!
3. Pine Cone Feeder
Pine cone feeders are easy to do and offer a lot of room to adapt them to your preferences. Start by collecting some of the pine cones scattered around your yard – the bigger the better! Then, tie some string to the top of each. Next, smear peanut butter and cornmeal into the cracks and then roll the pine cones in birdseed so that it sticks to the peanut butter. Feel free to add nuts, berries and unsweetened cereal as well depending on the birds you want to attract. Hang them around your yard as edible ornaments for the birds.
How Are You Decorating?
Decorating your yard with a mixture of lights, festive feeders, and other edible decor is sure to make your home stand out on the block. Passers-by and visiting birds are sure to appreciate your effort.
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