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Top Bird Feeding Myths


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Feeding animals or birds makes for a pleasant experience, where you offer food to your furry and feathery buddies. Many individuals like to indulge in bird feeding in particular. Nevertheless, they are commonly unaware about the truth behind certain misconceptions revolving around it. Here we look at some of the universal misconceptions pertaining to bird feeding plus the genuine facts behind them.

Speaking about bird feeding myth, the first thing that arrives to mind is dependency of birds on handouts. It’s frequently said that birds become dependent on the feeder once they begin taking the feed. Nevertheless, this is not the condition at all. The feed that you provide to a bird does not equate to its required feed. What you offer to the bird commonly compensates just for 25% of the total feed. It is a proven fact by several researches. It just implies despite being fed by you the bird will still search for other avenues to meet their daily food necessities.

An additional myth surrounding bird feeding is that rice is unsafe for birds. There are many who’re of the opinion that feeding rice to birds will cause them to swell and could also lead to their death. This too like a number of other bird feeding myths isn’t true. Any kind of rice makes for a nutritious feed for birds. So, whether you are feeding birds with uncooked rice or leftover kitchen scrap, you do not have to bother about any unfavorable fitness implications.

Peanut butter adds to the complete no-no list of the bird feed, for many. Nevertheless, this too isn’t anything but a big myth. A lot of people cease from feeding peanut butter to the birds thinking that it will get trapped in the throat of the bird and could thus contribute to conditions such as suffocation and choking. However, here too the fact is stark opposite as peanut butter is good for the birds in every sense.

It’s thoroughly enjoyed and relished by majority of the bird types in terms of flavor. In addition it additionally meets the nutritive need of the birds by providing calories and fats in generous quantities. A few birds which favor peanut butter as feed are woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees and jays. If you discover peanut butter too sticky and thus challenging to feed, you can add some cornmeal to it in order to make it crumbly.

Yet another myth about bird feed is that the birdseed never turns bad. It’s vital to understand that birdseed is just like any other food. So, it is equally at risk of damage as the other food items are. In case you don’t pay attention to the proper storage of the birdseed, the chances of it turning bad increase all the more.

In case the birdseed is left stored for extended time, it results in the drying of seeds. This simply means a dip in the nutritional worth of the feed. To avoid this, it is advised to store the bird food in a suitable method. Perfect is to keep it in a dry and cool place.

Get rid of these misconceptions and go on with your love affair with birds.

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