Baby safe feeder reviews

Baby Safe Feeder Reviews –


My husband bought one of these for our daughter when she was 5 months old. It's great to be able to give her solids and not worry about any choking hazard. She's always interested in what we're eating so I often will just cut a piece of fruit or vegetable we're enjoying and she's thrilled that she can do eat it too. It's also great for freezing some fruit and putting it in for bad teething days. Be aware that it is still going to make a mess since the juices will run as they snack so you might want to strip the baby down to his/her diaper only. I have bought two more of these since and continue to love using them. The only thing I wish was better is the ease of cleaning. It can be difficult to get all the food out and when we first got it I was worried it wasn't really clean. I looked up tips on how to clean them and sanitizing materials that can't be boiled. When it's really hard to clean or I want to give it a sanitizing I soak it for 10 minutes it in hot (as you can get from the tap) water, 1 cup white vinegar and 1 tbs baking soda and then scrub (turn the mesh inside out) . Even with the sometimes extra effort to clean these I still say its worth the buy and other parents should try it out.




The Sassy, baby safe teething feeder was a godsend for my oldest son.  He was always interested in "big people" food and would not leave us alone until he got it.  One problem....the kid didn't have any teeth.  So I stumbled upon the Sassy teether while looking for something else.  I decided to try it out.  Holy Cow were we happy!  We could put any food in the teether and he could go to town.  Frozen fruit was the best when he did finally start cutting teeth.  This teether went EVERYWHERE we went.  I was so glad to find a product that helped my little man eat the food he actually wanted and would eat.  Thank you Sassy, baby safe teething feeder!

Covington, GA



I really think the baby safe feeder is a great idea. I let my daughter use it when she had no teeth and was experiencing food for the first time. She had a blast with it. I put frozen bananas, strawberries. or blueberries in to help her when she was teething. I was soo happy that she would be able to get to try foods while not having to worry about her choking. I wish these were around when my boys were younger, because I have had a choking baby...Quiet scary! The baby safe feeder was very easy to clean and was very reasonably priced. I would recommend getting a few of these so you can toggle between uses. They are a product I think every parent should have. This product can help in many ways. There are many creative uses for it. And the number one reason is to help reduce choking hazard for your little one. They are well worth keeping safe. Try this product. I am sure you will not be disapointed.

Silverton, OR



I am usually not one to give in to alot of hype around a product, but I heard so many moms raving about the Sassy Baby Safe Teething Feeder that I decided to give it a shot. My daughter was around six months old, and starting to eat alot more solid foods. Plus she was teething. I thought this would be the perfect solution to a couple of problems. The teething feeder comes with a mesh bag that you put frozen or fresh food into and then screw onto a handle so the baby can hold onto it. The first time I gave it to my daughter I put few pieces of frozen fruit in for her to chew on, thinking that it would help her teeth. She didn't really like the texture of the mesh bag and didn't want much to do with it. Once the fruit started to thaw a little, it was very hard to get the bag clean. I decided to give it one more try and gave it to her again with some pieces of chilled bananas. She loved the bananas but had a really hard time getting enough out through the holes in the little bag. I ended up just cutting it up into really small pieces and letting her pick it up with her hands. When I tried to clean the bag, I could not get all the banana off no matter what I tried. I washed it several different times and eventually ended up just throwing the whole thing away because it was getting disgusting and not even worth it. Definitely don't waste your money on this one! Its alot easier to just give your kids small bites when trying new foods and teething ring when they need something to chew on.

Jefferson City, MO



Our 9 month old has just really started to get into exploring the world of food and self feeding. I usually choose Munchkin  brand products when it comes to toys and feeding items, but this one was more appealing. It had the secure locking ring and the ice pack to keep fruit cold. The first problem I came across with this product was the bottom was really hard to get off, which is good to know that my child will not be able to get the fruit out of the product but at the same time it should not be so hard that mom or dad can not get it open either. I put bananas in the mesh bag and she just loved it. I hated it when she was done. The banana will not come out of the mesh bag! I tried soaking it and putting it into the dish washer a couple of times, no such luck! I was unable to get the bag clean and it had turned black! I have no idea why it turned black! I tried to find a replacement mesh bag for this and have not found any where that sells them yet. I thing to improve this teething feeding would be to make the mesh bags cheap and disposable, because I really honestly doubt that any mom would give their child that mesh bag after it turned black. I do like that it came with a snap lid, so that we can take it with us wherever we go! The colors are nice a bright and catch baby's attention.

Dayton, OH



I didn't even know that something like this existed until my friend told me that all three of her sisters swore by it with their kids.  After trying it once, I bought one for my parents house as well as my in-laws.  My baby loved it!  I used it for regular food a couple of times when she was too little to eat, and that worked out well enought.  Kinda messy, but so is everything else with a baby!  I make my own baby food and freeze it into ice cube trays.  During a particularly bad teething day, I decided to put one of the smaller ice cubes in here.  Both my baby and I were in love!  Not only did it instantly quiet her whining and crying, but she sucked that thing dry, which took about a half an hour.   Anyone with a teething 7 month old knows that a half an hour of peace and quiet is proceless!  The "baby popsicle" became her new favorite treat.  Her favorite was cantaloupe, but any frozen fruit will do.  I might avoid strawberries though as the seeds get caught easily in the mesh and are hard to get out. I definitely recommend this to every parent.

Sahuarita, AZ



I love the baby safe feeder, I bought the starter kit and it came with two feeders and 2 extra feeding nets, perfect to get started. This Baby Safe Feeder is very easy to use. Just unscrew the top, place the safe feeder net in there, place what ever you want your baby to chew on, screw the cap back on and give it to your baby! Its super easy. Its great for putting cold and frozen fruits and veggies in there for your little one to chew on when thier teething. I ususally put frozen fruits like bananas or apples in it and let me son go at it. The handle is great for little hand. And it doesn't get cold if you put frozen food in it. The only thing I don't like is that its very difficult to clean. The directions say to use a toothbrush to brush out the food left in there, but it is still hard to get it clean. I would say it would be easier to clean right when they are done using it, dont wait to wash it.  I do have to warn you though it can get very messy.

San Bernardino, CA



I got these when my twins were about 6 months old to put fruit into. They loved gnawing on strawberries from the fridge (helped with the teething), and bananas were another favorite. I like not having to worry about them choking on food, though I always am in the room when they eat, a choking child is a bit scary. Depending on what you put in it, they do get pretty messy. Juice from fruit and spit running down the elbows and chins, onto the tray, etc. But kids are messy anyway so it is expected! The only flaw I could find was the difficulty I had getting it clean. Again, it depends on what you put in it, like ice was not a huge deal obviously, but banana was a nightmare and took 2 days to get completely clean. The stringy pieces of banana would not come out, I tried the dishwasher, soaking, and handwashing, eventually I had to just put it all out by hand. Depending on what you put in it, Sassy Teething Feeder is great for teething or non-teething kids!

Fort Benning, GA



I first started using these with my daughter when she was about 5 months old, with a few teeth, and quickly recommended them to friends with small children as well.   They're great for introducing new foods that kids aren't quite ready to chew up yet - things like apples, avocados, and even peaches.  She absolutely loved it, even if she'd hold it upside down half the time and chew on the handle.  Multipurpose product, I suppose.  But it's also nice to put frozen or partially frozen foods in there to help her with teething.  When she was at her most miserable, chewing on something seemed to help, particularly something cold.  A lot of people recommended a cold washcloth, but that just didn't do it.  This did. It is a limited use product though.  At least, it was for me.  My daughter quickly gained a few teeth and this product became unnecessary probably by 9 or 10 months of age.  They are practically impossible to clean and it's hard to find replacement netting in the store.  I think if you can one like the Sassy product, in store, then I would go with that since it's similar.  But the concept is a good one!

Sykesville, MD



I got one of these at my baby shower and was excited about using it when my baby was old enough because I had heard such good things, but we only tried to use it a few times before we gave up on the whole idea. My baby did not care for it at all. I tried it with fresh fruit, and with some frozen fruits when she was teething. She was not very excited about either. One thing that really bugged me is that after I washed it, some of the soap must have stayed in the netting, and I couldn't get it out, because the net then on tasted like soap. No one wants to suck on a soapy netting surrounding fruit. Gross. On top of that, I don't know what this thing is made of, but I started to get skeeved out when I thought that my baby might be sucking on something that has weird chemicals in it, unbeknownst to me. Also, the fruit stained the netting. And the little bubble that is supposed to get cold in the fridge/freezer and keep the fruit cold did not work as far as I could tell.

Cincinnati, OH


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  • Why do we need feeders?
  • Types of feeders
  • Selection and installation guide
  • Things to remember
  • Which feed can be used
  • Useful findings

"Small little birds are chilled,0022

and Blizzard with a roar frantic Knights Svetnoy

Remember these lines from Yesenin's poem? In winter, birds have a hard time. Lack of food becomes a problem. Food is needed in order for the body to produce heat. Ornithologists have calculated that in frosts 90 percent of birds die from lack of calories. The task of a person is to come to the aid of birds. One feeder , hung behind a window or on a tree, provides food for several hundred birds.

Why do we need feeders?

1. This is to help flying friends get the food they need for life.

2. Making or attaching feeders together is an excuse to spend time with your family. nine0005

3. Children will be happy to follow the replenishment of food . This will teach a responsible attitude towards our smaller brothers.

4. Knowing that there is a feeder on your site, the birds will fly in in the summer and protect the trees from insects

5. Feeders can become a beautiful element of decor in the garden.

6. For pecking feed Birds are interesting to watch for both children and adults.

When we were kids, we made bird feeders out of milk cartons. Today, it can be made from a variety of materials or you can choose a ready-made version that will decorate your backyard or apartment window.

Possible materials are wood, metal, cardboard, plastic, plywood.

Basic types feeders :

1. Suspended. Such models are hung on a tree branch. They have an elongated shape and mesh sides, from which it is convenient for birds to get food . It is desirable that feeder be wide enough to accommodate several birds.

2. Platforms . They are a flat plane on which feed . Such feeders have a number of disadvantages - the grains get wet in the snow and rain, scatter from the wind.

3. Trays. Pallets with sides and a roof are not only a place to eat, but also protection from the weather.

Feeders-trays and trays are large, so a dozen birds can eat on them at once. nine0004

4. Peelers. Designed for small birds. In such feeders it is better to put bread, which will be held by a metal mesh. Birds will peck out food from the cells.

5. Hoppers. They are small in size, so feathered friends will have to queue up to peck at the grain. There are models with automatic grain feeding, which is practical, since the feed will not scatter. nine0027

6. Cottages. A suitable option for a summer cottage. These are flat areas with a roof, so the bird's meal will not be spoiled by moisture.

Selection and installation guide

1. Decide where feeder will be installed. Small options are suitable for the apartment window - peelers, bunkers, hanging ones. Large ones will look good on the plot - houses, trays, platforms. nine0027

2. Locate the "refectory" in a place where food will not get wet from snow or rain. If this is not possible, consider options with a roof.

3. Birds can be easy prey for cats and small predators. Feeder must be installed so that the animals cannot reach it.

4. The product must be well reinforced. You can screw it to a tree, but there is a chance of damaging the trunk. Much more efficient to attach feeder to a free-standing pole, which must be well dug into the ground.

5. If you are going to install a feeder in the forest, but do not have the opportunity to add feed daily, choose models with automatic grain feeding.

Things to remember

1. Birds find food thanks to their sharp eyesight. Feeder must be bright. Another way to attract attention is to hang a bright ribbon on it. nine0027

2. When making a "dining room" on your own, give preference to safe materials. Staining is permissible only on the outside - lacquer or paint contains toxic substances.

3. It is more difficult for large birds to find food than for small ones. Sparrows love to swoop down on food in a flock and quickly peck everything. If you do not have time to constantly replenish feeder , choose smaller models, such as hoppers. Only one bird can eat at a time. nine0005

Which food

can be used

It is recommended to feed the birds with grains and some types of natural food.


  • wheat, millet, oats;
  • frozen or dried berries;
  • bread crumbs;
  • fat - for tits;
  • pumpkin and watermelon seeds;
  • sunflower seeds. nine0008

Not recommended:

  • moldy bread;
  • rice, buckwheat;
  • chips;
  • fruit and vegetable peel;
  • certain kinds of nuts;
  • fried and smoked natural food.

If you are afraid of making a mistake with the choice of ingredients, you can purchase ready-made bird food . A mixture of grains, dried vegetables and fruits contains all the necessary nutrients that will saturate the body of birds. nine0004

Useful conclusions

  • in winter it is difficult for birds to get food without human help;
  • feeder you can make yourself or choose a ready-made option;
  • "dining room" for winged birds must be protected from predators, snow and rain;
  • Not every kind of food is good for birds. Opt for prepared foods containing grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts. nine0008

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Good deed or how to help birds in winter

In this article, in brief, we will try to answer the questions: what birds winter in central Russia; the meaning, diet, features, timing and norms of feeding birds in winter; types of bird feeders; how to properly place the feeder. What is it for? It is necessary in order, first of all, not only not to harm the birds, but also to facilitate their existence in difficult winter times. nine0005

Birds are one of nature's natural self-regulators.

Some birds destroy insects, thereby saving trees and shrubs from harmful insects. Others feed on the fruits of trees and shrubs, spreading them around, increasing the forest zone. Still others are mostly birds of prey, they are called feathered orderlies, live in forests, feed on mice and small birds, mostly sick or weakened.

More than 300 species of birds are found in the Moscow region, some of them constantly nest here, others can be seen in the warm season, others, on the contrary, only in winter, others migrate in transit and can be seen when they stop to replenish their strength between flights. nine0005

All this variety of birds has its own habitat - some settle everywhere, others prefer a certain habitat: reservoirs, bolts, forests, meadows, farmland places and cities. This is largely due to the "diet" of birds.

In central Russia, in addition to a large and diverse family of passerines, you can meet representatives of various waterfowl, predators.

The seasonal behavior of birds is greatly influenced by the diet of birds. nine0005

Those birds whose diet is based on a pronounced seasonal nature (insects, frogs), almost all migrate to where they can find food - to "warm lands". These include birds whose habitat disappears with the onset of cold weather. Starlings, wagtails, larks, black-headed gulls, warblers, swans, etc. are prominent representatives of this group.

Birds with a plant-based diet are most often sedentary (for example: fieldfare thrush, spotted woodpecker, black-headed goldfinch), although some may migrate to places where they can find their favorite food (for example: long-tailed tit ). nine0005

Birds of prey can also be divided into migratory and sedentary. The reason for their migration is mainly the presence or absence of food supply. Their migration is mainly related to the search for food.

There is another category of birds, the so-called "city dwellers", which lead a settled way of life and are a constant companion of man. These primarily include the gray crow, pigeons and sparrows.

Importance of bird nutrition in winter

Many have thought about how hard it is for birds to survive in winter?
It has long been known that many birds die in winter not because of the cold, but because of the lack of the usual good nutrition. Therefore, in order to preserve the bird population, many of them need additional feeding.
Winter is a difficult time of the year for all birds, but not because of the cold and frost, but because with the onset of cold weather, their food supply disappears or is significantly reduced. In order not to freeze, they need a lot of energy for warming, and for this you need to constantly replenish it - eat, and more often and more than in the summer. “Frost is not terrible for a well-fed one” - this can be said about birds. The winter day is short and the birds have little time to search for food. Therefore, birds tend to go where it is easier to find food and where you can hide from the winter cold - to cities, towns, villages closer to people. nine0005

Feeding birds in winter taking care of nature

Bird feeders are not just about taking care of our little brothers, but also taking care of yourself.
Imagine if all the birds destroying pests disappeared at once - the consequences would be simply catastrophic, which would threaten humanity itself.
First of all, this applies to small representatives of the feathered family remaining for the winter, in the diet of which there is plant food, as well as various insect pests. In winter, many of these birds move closer to humans, to cities, towns and villages, because here it is easier for them to feed and survive. nine0027 Properly organized top dressing will help more birds survive in winter, their gratitude in summer is the destruction of pests in forests, parks, squares and household plots.

Wintering birds or which birds stay wintering

To begin with, let's look at some birds whose food is based on insects, they are most vulnerable in winter. Usually these are representatives of the sparrow order and more than others need human help. These birds can be attributed both to urban birds and to the inhabitants of parks, alleys, gardens and other urban green areas of large and small cities. nine0005

Great tit

Long-tailed Tit

In summer it lives in forests of various types, outside settlements, in large parks, rarely near human habitations. In winter - lives closer to people.
In winter, tits keep in flocks of 6-16 individuals. In addition to seeds, they like raw unsalted lard or meat. Around the feeders behaves quite carefully. nine0005

Lives in different types of deciduous forests. In Moscow and the Moscow region, it can be found in birch and alder forests of forest park areas. Some birds lead a sedentary lifestyle, stay for the winter and live near their nesting sites. In winter it eats small seeds. Often they can be seen in flocks of great tits.

Great spotted woodpecker

Lesser spotted woodpecker

The most common type of woodpecker in the Moscow region. Inhabits various forested areas. In winter, it feeds on pine and spruce seeds, and is a frequent visitor to bird feeders in parks.


Common for the central European zone, found on forest edges, in river valleys, in parks. It does not fly away for the winter, a frequent visitor to bird feeders in parks.

Muscovy or Little Tit

Blue Tit

In Moscow and the Moscow region - a common species, found only in large forest parks, where coniferous trees predominate. Food is prepared in the summer. Spruce and pine seeds predominate among the stocks, but there are also stocks of animal feed. A very rare visitor to the city feeders.

nine0020 Common inhabitant of Moscow region and Moscow deciduous forests and parks; in the city often settles in the yards. It nests in hollows of trees, in holes in concrete lampposts, in chimneys of fences. For the winter, some birds remain in nesting places, some migrate. Titmouse flock to bird feeders, especially often in years of poor seed harvest. Here they feed on peanuts, sunflower seeds, unsalted lard and leftover food.


Field and house sparrows

Our winter guest from the Arctic, migrates to central Russia with the onset of the first cold weather. They live in small flocks of 7-10 birds. The bullfinch feeds more often on seeds, buds and berries. nine0005

The most widespread birds in Russia. The field sparrow is a common inhabitant of the countryside and Moscow parks, the brownie is a resident of cities and large towns. Lives everywhere in Moscow.

Fieldfare thrush nine0027
Black-headed goldfinch

A typical view for the Moscow region. Lives along the edges of the forest or in copses, next to fields and meadows. In summer, the fieldfare feeds on insects, worms, mollusks, spiders, and in the fall it switches to a variety of berries, especially loves mountain ash. In winter, many birds roam the gardens, parks and yards in search of food.


Common bird for the Moscow region. It occurs along the edges of forests, in copses; often settles on the outskirts of villages, in gardens and parks. In winter, it keeps to wastelands, where weeds stick out from under the snow, but sometimes it is not averse to feasting on the contents of bird feeders.


Let's talk about other wintering birds

Pigeons and hooded crows are typical city dwellers.

Gray Ravens

These are one of the most intelligent birds, the main habitat of large and small cities. They are omnivores. Choose places where they are least disturbed. Mostly kept in packs, in which a hierarchy can be traced. Very often they behave aggressively, especially during the period of rearing chicks. nine0027 It does not need feeding, because it will always find where and what to profit from. They can also be called the city feathered orderly.

City pigeons

Man has had a very great influence on the distribution and population of these birds, these are the most numerous city birds that originated from the wild rock dove. However, before these birds learned to live next to humans, they went through a long history of domestication.
City pigeons want to eat all the time, but they don't make feeders for them. In addition, these are collective birds, and if at first one dove appeared, then in a couple of minutes a whole flock of them can fly together. City pigeons remember very well the places where they are fed. The average life expectancy of urban pigeons is 2-3 years, while wild pigeons live 12-15 years. This is primarily due to nutrition and population density. Pigeons, like other birds, are contraindicated in “crumbs from the table” and any other food containing various fats. It is best to feed pigeons with various cereals, grains and legumes, seeds that are not fried or salted, as well as raw chopped vegetables and fruits. nine0027 City pigeons are probably the only bird that is highly dependent on humans. Therefore, to feed or not, everyone decides for himself.

Wintering water birds include:

They dominated the ice-free city ponds.
The basis of their diet is vegetation (seeds, leaves and stems of grasses, sedge, duckweed, hornwort, pondweed, mustard, cereals, rice-like leersia, strepoloist, barnyard), insects (grasshoppers), mollusks, fish caviar, earthworms, frogs, tadpoles, snails and slugs (especially for young birds). nine0027 For feeding, it prefers shallow water (no deeper than 35-40 cm), so that it can reach the bottom with its beak.


Second in number, but still a common inhabitant of city ponds and rivers.

Feeds mainly on aquatic invertebrates. In summer, the basis of the diet is insects and their larvae - caddisflies, bloodworms, water beetles, dragonflies, bedbugs, midges, etc. In winter, it eats more mollusks and crustaceans. It also feeds on earthworms, amphibians and small fish; in autumn, small amounts of seeds, roots and vegetative parts of aquatic plants. nine0005

City ducks are very often killed due to malnutrition.

It is not recommended to feed ducks, oddly enough - bread, it does not contain elements useful for the bird and creates a feeling of satiety, as a result, the duck stops looking for other food. It should be noted that soaked bread pollutes the water and leads to the death of some inhabitants of the aquatic environment. It is advisable to avoid peanuts, milk, and any foods that contain saturated fats.


If you really want to help waterfowl, the best food to use is:

- grated cheese;

- soft fruits and vegetables (for example, strawberries, or soft apples), exotics are also allowed, for example, bananas;

- oatmeal, in the form of cereals or breakfast cereals.

It is useful to give these products to ducks, especially in spring, when the chicks are hatching. Of the neutral products that at least will not harm the birds, but will not bring any benefit - potatoes, cabbage, worms, small fish. nine0005

Feeding birds in winter

Our desire to help birds can be described as a "good deed". Many of us arrange feeding grounds and feeders for birds. But in order for our good intentions not to turn into disaster for the birds, it is necessary to follow some rules in feeding:

1. Constantly, as the feed is used up, but not more than once a day, replenish the feeders. Moreover, it is desirable to do this in the morning, approximately at the same time. nine0005

2. It should be borne in mind that fried or salted seeds, lard, meat are contraindicated for birds - this is poison for them.

3. Do not feed the birds with crumbs of black or rye bread, this can lead to their death.

4. Never give rancid grain, moldy, musty food to birds, as they produce toxins that are deadly to birds.

5. Millet should not be given to birds, as it does not have a shell, which leads to the oxidation of fats on its surface, the appearance of toxic substances, pathogens. nine0005

6. You can not just overfeed the birds, so it is recommended to renew the contents of the feeder no more than once a day.

Best for feeding birds:

1. Millet, oats, wheat - the most versatile food that attracts birds that feed on various seeds and cereals.

2. Sunflower seeds - universal food for wintering birds. A large amount of vegetable fats contained in them are an important source of replenishment of energy in conditions of winter cold. nine0005

3. Lard, meat - can also be used for winter feeding of birds. They are very fond of some types of birds. But it is worth remembering that this food should be unsalted and not subjected to heat treatment. This top dressing should be placed in such a way that it would not go to crows, magpies, jackdaws, cats and dogs. Usually it is hung on ropes near the feeders or on special perches in bird feeders.

4. Dried rowan and hawthorn - you need to prepare and dry in advance, from autumn. They attract the most beautiful winter feathered representatives - bullfinches and waxwings. nine0005

5. Maple and ash seeds - their seeds are also called lionfish. They mostly fly from trees in autumn and become inaccessible to birds. Lionfish are harvested in autumn and hung on feeders.

6. Cones, acorns, nuts are the main diet of some birds. Having prepared them in the fall, you can attract woodpeckers and jays to your bird feeder.

Many specialized stores sell ready-made bird food, which makes it much easier for you to feed birds in the winter. nine0027

Terms and norms of feeding birds

In central Russia, the duration of the feeding season is 180 days (October-March).

The total length of the feeding season depends on climatic conditions, natural forage yield, and other factors.

It makes no sense to start feeding the birds if the weather is calm and warm in October, and there is still enough natural food in nature. Top dressing in the month of October should be started under adverse weather conditions - early cold, rainy weather, early snowfall, as well as crop failure of natural fodder. nine0005

The most difficult period - absolute starvation comes only with the freezing of the soil or the fall of deep snow cover.

Therefore, the feed rate should be distributed over periods:

The first period - bait, is approximately 30-45 days (from October 15 to November 30). This is the time to accustom the birds to the feeders. Feed is laid out in an amount of no more than 15-20% of the norm (as long as the birds are reluctant to eat them).

nine0002 The second period is the main, the most responsible and lasts about 90 days (approximately from December 1 to March 1). At this time, the birds are especially in need of feeding, so they need to be given a full feed rate. However, it is not recommended to overfeed birds, especially with sunflower seeds - birds stop consuming a variety of natural foods (believing that they are well fed here), and this reduces their natural resistance to infections, and they become overly dependent on feeding and as a result - when it is stopped, although For 2 days the birds often die. nine0005

The third period - the final one, lasts about 10-25 days (approximately from March 1 to March 25). During this period, 60-80% of the total norm should be laid out. But this period very often depends on the vagaries of nature, but in any case, top dressing should be continued until the first thawed patches appear on the ground.

In places where it is necessary to attract birds, it is possible to place not individual feeders, but entire feeding areas.

nine0002 Stationary feeding grounds - areas approximately 5x5 or 7x7 m in size, feeders should be evenly spaced over this area. Feeding grounds for birds are usually arranged in places where it is convenient to serve them, and the birds will be the least disturbed. Usually these are alley parks, etc.

Approximate bird feed rates

Cereal mixtures (millet, oats or oatmeal, hemp or sunflower, oats, crushed wheat): nine0027 For one feeder per day - 200 g
For the whole season - 11.2 kg
Weed Seed Mix:
For one feeder per day - 200 g
For the whole season - 11. 2 kg
For one feeder per day - 50 g
For the whole season - 2.8 kg

In this case, top dressing should be organized in such a way as to attract no more than five birds to one feeder, because. the accumulation of a large number of birds in one place increases the risk of infection with various diseases. nine0005

Types of bird feeders

This is where the fantasy can unfold!

Various materials can be used to make feeders - wood, plastic, cardboard and various combinations thereof.

The simplest options are feeders made from plastic bottles, milk or juice bags.

It should be cautioned that those feeders where continuous (permanent) addition of feed in excess of the norm are provided are very undesirable. As mentioned above, birds need to be fed, not overfed. An overfed bird moves less, which is why its metabolism slows down in its body, resistance to diseases decreases and they die. nine0005
When making bird feeders, there are a few simple guidelines to follow:

1. Feeders should be sized for the birds you choose to feed. Everyone knows that where crows and doves appear, there is no place for other birds.

2. The feeder must have a roof (canopy) to protect the feed from precipitation (rain, snow). Wet food spoils quickly, and snow that has fallen makes access to food much more difficult. nine0005

3. It is advisable to pour the bird food into some small containers, which allows more economical use of food, because. it is less scattered and lost, and also not to overfeed the birds.

4. If the feeder is of a closed type, then the holes for the birds should be such that birds can freely get inside, but you should not get carried away with large sizes, because. food can spill out through them, especially in strong winds.

nine0002 5. Consider in advance how to attach the feeder. On a suspension bracket, to a wall, a post or a tree.

Making a feeder, along with feeding the birds, is an educational process and often labor intensive. In addition, not every parent can entrust "his child" with a hacksaw, drill, jigsaw and hammer, and making a feeder himself in the presence of a child is not entirely correct. Moreover, the manufacture of bird feeders can be made part of the labor education of boys, acquiring the skills of designing, assembling and working with a simple tool. nine0005

It often happens that there is a desire to do a good deed, but for some reason beyond your control, there is no such possibility, then ready-made sets will help you out.

Ready-made sets of bird feeders made of wood are sold unassembled, complete with everything you need, so your child, under the supervision of a parent, will only need to spend no more than half an hour to assemble.

Tenth Kingdom, a Russian manufacturer of educational games, offers ready-made bird feeders

Art. No. 01639 Art. No. 01640 Art.

Feeder dimensions:
- height - 190 mm;
- length - 220 mm; nine0027 - width - 150 mm

Feeder dimensions:
- height - 200 mm;
- length - 135 mm;
- width - 200 mm

nine0002 Feeder dimensions:
- height - 235 mm;
- length - 140 mm;
- width - 240 mm

What are the advantages of these ready-made kits:
1. The material of the feeders is sanded birch board. nine0027 2. Painting was done with harmless water-based paints.
3. Products are certified.
4. Safe for children because there are no sharp and small parts.

All these bird feeders are included in the Good Deed program.
You can buy your favorite bird feeder in the Tenth Kingdom manufacturer's online store.

Placement of the bird feeder

Placement of feeders should be approached no less seriously than production.

The feeder should be placed in a quiet, windless place, always on the south side of a tree, edge (if in a forest clearing) or building.
So, where can you place bird feeders.

1. The first thing many people think of is to hang a feeder outside the window or on the balcony. First of all, because of the convenience of the person himself, but at the same time there are several nuances: nine0027

- The main and essential is garbage, both on your window or balcony, and from neighbors downstairs.
- It is harmful for the birds themselves, because. they do not always feel the barrier in the form of glass and can simply break.
- You should not even think about placing a feeder on the first floor window. In this case, birds can become easy prey for cats.
2. On a free-standing support, pole or tree trunk. For this, closed-type feeders are best suited to make it as difficult as possible for lovers to feast on birds. nine0027 3. On suspension. This is the safest way to place a bird feeder. Also an important feature of this placement is the possibility of birds flying up from any direction.

It should be noted that ornithologists are engaged in placing bird feeders and feeding birds in large forest park areas. They track the number of wintering birds, their species, weather conditions and, in accordance with this, select the composition and amount of food.
If the birds gather at the feeder in winter, it means that they need your help. And by helping the birds, you are doing a good deed not only for wintering birds, but also for yourself. nine0005

Questions and answers

This table contains frequently asked questions and answers to them:

How to make a bird feeder

A bird feeder can be made from any available material. The simplest options are from a plastic 2 or 5 liter bottle, hard (cardboard) milk or juice bags. Feeders made of wood are very popular, they can be given any design and shape, colors. Very often you can see combined feeders made of wood and plastic elements. Today you can buy various bird feeders, the assembly will take no more than half an hour, which even a child can handle. nine0005

How to hang the feeder

First of all, you need to remember that the feeder would be inaccessible to predators, in a quiet, windless place and should be as illuminated as possible. The best option is to hang the feeder on a tree branch. You can place the feeder on the balcony, outside the window or fix it on the wall, pole. nine0005

What birds appear at the feeder in winter

Sparrows, tits, blackbirds, bullfinches, goldfinches, greenfinches and even woodpeckers. It depends on several factors:
1. Type of food in the feeder. Different birds prefer different food. It is best to make feed mixtures, then each bird will find what she likes. nine0027 2. Locations of the feeder, park, garden, alley, city courtyard.
3. Availability of forage base in winter. Many birds prefer to eat various fruits of trees that have remained on the branches.
It is possible to more accurately determine which birds fly to the feeder only with the help of constant observations.

Feeding rates for birds

It is generally accepted that there are about 5 birds per feeder. The daily rate of feeding, depending on the "visitors" of the feeder, should not exceed grain mixtures - 200 gr, weed seed mixtures - 200 gr, meat or lard - 50 gr.

nine0002 When to start feeding birds. When to stop feeding birds.

The feeding season for birds lasts approximately from October to March, but may vary depending on weather conditions. Top dressing should be started when it becomes more difficult for the birds to get their usual food - with the onset of the first frost, snowfall, constant rain.

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