Feeding wild birds when on holiday
As we approach the summer holiday season, many of us have to think about how we continue to feed our wild birds in the garden
whist we are away.
The simple method is to leave someone behind! next is to ask a neighbour or relative to come round every day and fill the feeders and if you are lucky enough this is the favourite and cheapest method to ensure you return to a garden full of wild birds, just the same as when you left it.
Not everyone has the ability to rely on someone else to feed their wild birds whilst away from home, so it is sensible to take account of how long you are likely to be in between feeds when you buy your wild bird feeders. At this time of year, fledglings are in abundance and they are eating the wild bird food you put out for them like there is no tomorrow. So you need to think about how much bird food you will get through in a day, then you can select a bird feeder that has the capacity to supply your garden birds for the duration of your absence.
Wild bird feeders
are available from the tiny to the enormous, it is a personal thing about how much you want to spend and how big you want the wild bird feeder to be in your garden.
Extra large bird feeders
are available and they hold between two litres and six litres of food, so your can select the size of bird feeder that is right for your garden birds and fill it up with Sunflower Hearts or a British Bird Food exclusive bird food mix, that will continue to attract wild birds to your garden for the whole of your time away.
The Auto feeder
is the technical answer to feeding birds while away from home. The Auto feeder dispenses seed at a precise rate up to four times per day. S all you need to do is to fill it with the four litres of wild bird seed, set the timer and sit back and watch the show. The wild birds will get used to precisely what time the seed feeder will dispense the bird seed and they will flock to the feeder for that time. Of course the Auto feeder will do this every day automatically, so you don't have to worry about being there to fill your garden bird feeder.
So there are two simple answers to the question of how to feed wild birds whilst away from home. Get someone in to do it for you - or buy the right feeding system to allow infrequent filling. Our advice if at all possible is to get someone to at least pop round once a week, just to check all is well, top up the feeders and make sure some water is around for the wild birds to bathe in.
What ever method you decide on we hope you will enjoy your time away from your garden birds, and that they will still be there for you to enjoy your garden when you get back:)