How to care for the birds in winter

How to care for the birds in winter

During cold months, wild birds need a helping hand to find enough food to keep them warm.

In winter there are less natural foods available and shorter days mean there is also less time to forage. As a result of this, wild birds often lose a substantial proportion of their body weight from November to February.

Why do birds need extra food in winter?

The cold weather also has an effect on their metabolism. Small birds have very fast metabolisms, so the small amount of  calories and fat they consume during cold weather is needed to convert into heat to keep them warm.

Suet products, such as Peckish Energy Balls, and Peckish Energy Candles are excellent ways of providing the calories birds need to survive the winter.

High energy seed mixes, such as Peckish Winter Warmer are also ideal winter foods as they contain a substantial amount of oils, such as hulled sunflower seeds and kibbled peanuts. It really is the bird equivalent of a cosy apple crumble!

Our Peckish Winter Warmer Easy Feeder is an easy way of feeding the birds during winter if you're in a hurry. This is a pre-filled feeder, full of our premium Peckish Winter Warmer seed mix. Simply unwrap and hang on a tree!

How often should I feed the birds in winter?

Bird food is best left out twice a day during winter months, in the morning to replenish energy lost overnight and in the afternoon to build up energy before birds roost for the night.

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