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Benefits of Peanut bird feeders
Discover a wide array of benefits to having a peanut feeder in your garden:
Attract a variety of birds
Peanuts are a high-energy food that's loved by a wide variety of birds, including woodpeckers, blue tits, nuthatches, and more. A peanut bird feeder can help attract these species to your garden.
High nutritional value
Peanuts are a good source of fat and protein, which are essential for birds, especially during colder months when other food sources can be scarce.
Peanuts are a great choice for feeding birds throughout the year, providing essential nutrients during the breeding season and much-needed energy during the winter months.
A significant benefit of many peanut bird feeders is their squirrel-resistant design. Given that squirrels can be quite determined and clever when it comes to accessing bird feeders, a well-designed peanut bird feeder, like our squirrel resistant cage peanut feeder, can save you from the frustrations and costs of squirrels depleting the food meant for your bird visitors.
Peanut Bird Feeder FAQs
Are peanut feeders good for birds?
Peanut feeders can indeed be beneficial for birds. Peanuts are a rich source of fat and protein, which are essential nutrients for birds. These nutrients are particularly important during the colder months when other food sources might be scarce. By providing peanuts, you help birds maintain their energy levels and body heat.
However, always ensure that the peanuts you use are safe for bird consumption. They should be unsalted and unflavored, as additives used in peanuts intended for human consumption can be harmful to birds. Using a proper peanut feeder also helps birds to take the peanuts in small pieces, reducing the choking hazard.
At Haith’s, we offer a range of high-quality peanuts for wild birds and wildlife, available to buy in bulk.
Where do you put a peanut bird feeder?
A peanut bird feeder should be placed in a quiet and safe location that's easily visible to birds, ideally a spot with nearby trees or shrubs that birds can use as cover if they feel threatened. This could be in your garden, on a balcony, or in a courtyard.
The feeder should be hung from a branch or hook at least five feet above the ground to protect the birds from ground predators. Also, It's recommended to place the feeder at least 10-12 feet away from tree trunks or structures from which a squirrel or a cat could jump.
The feeder should also be placed where it is easy for you to access for cleaning and refilling. This can vary depending on your home's layout and your personal preferences. It might be just outside a window, on a porch, or in a tree in the yard where you can easily reach it. For more information on where to hang your feeder read our guide on hanging bird feeders.
How often should I change peanuts in the bird feeder?
The frequency with which you should change or replenish the peanuts in your bird feeder can depend on several factors:
Rate of Consumption:
If you have a lot of birds visiting your feeder, you might need to refill it every day or two. Fewer birds might mean refilling it every few days to a week.
In hot, damp, or rainy conditions, peanuts can spoil more quickly. If the weather has been particularly wet, it might be a good idea to change the peanuts more frequently, even if they haven't all been eaten. Spoiled peanuts can potentially be harmful to birds. Ideally, clean your peanut feeders with Safe4.
If the peanuts in your feeder look mouldy or discoloured, or if they smell bad, they should be replaced immediately, regardless of how recently you last filled the feeder.
As a rule of thumb, it's good to check your feeder every few days, both to see if it needs to be refilled and to make sure the peanuts are still fresh. In addition, cleaning the bird feeder regularly (about once every two weeks) is recommended to prevent the build-up of bacteria or fungus which could potentially harm the birds.
Remember, always discard old or spoiled peanuts far away from the feeding area to prevent disease spread among your bird visitors.