Leslys Smith | FreePressIndex.com http://www.freepressindex.com/profile-131511/Leslys-Smith Contact Street End Feeds in Hampshire, UK for British bird food, wild bird seed and wild bird food. Get free delivery of all bird food, garden bird food and garden bid seed within 2 days. Bird nest boxes for your garden birds http://www.freepressindex.com/article-bird-nest-boxes-for-your-garden-birds-387525.html Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:00:00 GMT Nest boxes are good substitutes for holes found in old trees. Nowadays, in many gardens, there may be plenty of food for small birds but nowhere for hole-nesting birds to nest. There are many garden birds which use nest boxes; blue tits, great tits, coal tits, nuthatches, house sparrows and tree sparrows, starlings, spotted and pied flycatchers, robins, house martins, kestrels and tawny owls will all use nest boxes. Models like the Schwegler 1B nest box appeals to tits and nuthatches. If you are keen to help wrens, try sitting a Roundhouse andamp; trade; nest box for wrens in thick undergrowth. Avianex Woodcrete Plus ™ nest boxes are tough and weather proof and offer good thermal insulation to nesting birds. An alternative to Avianex andamp; Woodcrete andamp; trade; are natural wood nest boxes. Wood nest boxes, such as the CedarPlus andamp; trade; range are tough, durable and easily cleaned. Entrance hole protection plates protect against nest boxes from attack by squirrels, magpies and other predators. Nets box guardians make it much harder for predators to gain access to the nest box, whilst still letting the parent birds in. Where you site a nest box will depend on the species of bird the box is intended for. Put up different boxes to attract several different bird species. Nest boxes for tits, sparrows or starlings should be fixed two to four meters high. House sparrows and starlings nest in loose colonies so you can site two or three nest boxes close together. Open-fronted robin boxes and wren Roundhouses andamp; trade; need to be sited below 2m and well hidden in vegetation like ivy, honeysuckle or other climbing plants. Woodpecker boxes need to be 3-5m high on a tree trunk in a quiet location where it won’t be disturbed. Unless the box is shaded during the day, the nest box should be facing between North and East andamp; avoiding strong sunlight and wettest winds. Garden birds need a clear flight path to the nest without any clutter in front of the nest box entrance. It is best to put up nest boxes in the Autumn. Many birds will use nest boxes during the Autumn and Winter for roosting and perhaps feeding. They often use the same boxes for nesting the following Spring. After use, most nest boxes will harbour fleas and other parasites, which remain to infest young birds that hatch the following year. Old nests should be removed in the Autumn once birds have stopped using the boxes. Thoroughly clean the nest box to kill any remaining parasites and then let the box dry out thoroughly before replacing the lid. Un-hatched eggs in a nest box can only legally be removed between August and January. Cold weather and food shortage can lead to nest desertion. It is important not to inspect nest boxes that are in use. If you want to see chicks as they grow you can install a nest box camera. Nest box cameras are a really good way of watching adult birds raises their brood. National Nest Box week takes place in the UK each February. Visit Us at Street End Feeds - to view our range of Bird nest boxes and select the best that suits your garden birds. We give free delivery of nest boxes if order with bird seed or bird food. And order without seed, we charge £4.85 Pandamp;P extra. Pets Do not let the rain spoil your enjoyment feeding your garden birds http://www.freepressindex.com/article-do-not-let-the-rain-spoil-your-enjoyment-feeding-your-garden-birds-365816.html Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:00:00 GMT This un-seasonally wet weather has posed all sorts of problems regarding feeding garden birds, and this article will highlight some of the challenges when it rains - and some of the solutions to feeding your garden birds successfully during wet times. The most obvious problem when it rains is that everything gets wet! Bird feeders, like peanut feeders and seed feeders will become damp or drenched depending on the prevailing wind conditions and the amount of rain falling. There are many types of bird seed and during wet times, the best bird seed to offer your garden birds is a free flowing high energy seed mix which will flow freely through the bird feeders even if it gets slightly damp. The more free flowing bird seed mixes tend to have fewer peanut granules in them - so they clog less. Peanuts can be a challenge. To keep peanuts fresh and tasting good it is important not to let them stay too long in a peanut feeder. If the peanuts are not being eaten up quickly, then tip the remaining peanuts out of the peanut feeder, stir them around with your bag of peanuts and then refill your peanut feeders. This will reduce the moisture in the peanut feeders and will make the peanuts more palatable to your wild birds. Continue to change the peanuts and the bird seed mixes regularly during the wet weather. You can also use rain guards on tubular feeders. Rain guards are domed 'hats' which fit snugly on to tubular bird feeders and will protect the bird seed and peanuts from the rain. They will also give some shelter to tits and greenfinches, sparrows and all the other garden birds which will perch on a tubular bird feeder. A good quality bird table with an overhanging roof will also afford protection to bird feed you put out for them. Bird seed left on bird tables which gets wet will become mouldy and unpalatable in a short space of time - so make sure you scrape and clean your bird tables regularly during wet weather. Remove wet food from the bird table and discard into a bin. Do not throw on the ground. At this time of year, many nest boxes are still full of broods being fed live foods by the adult garden birds. Nest boxes are a great source of shelter from the rain and empty bird nest boxes can offer respite from the cold and wet. When feeding live foods (like mealworms and mini mealworms) offer live foods in a mesh type of feeder. A mesh bird feeder will contain the live foods and will let the rainwater drain away - so not to drown the live mealworms! When it rains, bird baths will fill up and a bird bath is a major attraction to garden birds. They use the water bath to take a bath in and to preen, as well as for drinking. The great thing of this rain is that bird baths are continuously filled with fresh water from above making garden birds happy to enjoy water bath and fresh drinking water. A garden without bird bath is like you're missing great view in your garden. Pets