We arrived at the cottage, and there … which only birds did not fly! They glued jerkins and cherries in the summer, so we decided to feed them. We quickly made a feeder, poured, which, in our opinion, was delicious, we looked, but the birds did not really like it. I had to figure out a few questions: what to feed birds in winter , Do I need to feed and in what form should the feed be?
Do I need to feed the birds in winter?
It would seem that the question is simple. Of course it is, we think! And we begin to actively intervene in normal natural processes in which we understand little. But even so, they “helped” more than enough: they destroyed the natural habitat, deprived the birds of their nesting places, created dangerous air currents with tall buildings, glazed the windows, rolled the ground together with their food into the asphalt … And now into this space not adapted for animals we begin to lure them, weaning ourselves to obtain the necessary and wholesome food for ourselves, we offer them fried salted seeds and bread. And when we forget about feeding birds, then their canteen, often the last one, becomes trash-ridden with toxins.
As a result – overpopulation of cities with omnivorous birds, crowding out other species by them, epidemics of bird diseases on the technical floors of high-rise buildings, which are etched, contaminated with droppings of sick and healthy birds. In appearance, the birds look very well-fed with dirty fluffy balls, often not afraid of people, aggressive towards each other. A passive bird that does not respond to anyone, or an aggressive, swollen, dead feather with dirty feathers, is most likely a sick creature, and its illness is often based on malnutrition, including that offered by humans. If in nature many birds eat unrefined grains, insects, berries, then we offer them yeast, lard, salty, sweet foods that cause liver and kidney diseases, diarrhea, weakness, vitamin deficiency, and after all, even a slight ailment for a bird in winter often ends fatally.
Therefore, even such a question as feeding birds in winter should be approached by weighing all the pros and cons and making a responsible decision, not only from the point of view of kindness, but also wisdom, remembering that ignorance does not relieve responsibility.
And if you feed, then with what?
There is nothing to consider in the “do not feed” option, so let’s say that we have chosen the second option.
Still, it’s better not to feed, but to “feed” a little and regularly, so that the birds are not too lazy to look for food themselves, and not artificially limit their diet. It will be nice for both birds and children, if they are involved in the process, to establish some kind of feeding regime: for example, every morning on the way to the kindergarten, to put some food in the feeder.
What should not be given to birds:
- salty, fried, sour, spicy, spicy
- peel of citrus fruits – lemons, tangerines, oranges
- black bread is categorically impossible – it contains more salt and yeast than wheat, it causes fermentation and diarrhea, and if it remains to be stored in goiter, then the bird may die
- from nuts – almonds and peanuts
- a white roll is also not very useful, so do not get carried away: it contains yeast and does not contain substances useful for the bird, at the same time it causes a feeling of false satiety, swelling in the stomach. Frozen crumbs of fresh bread can be quite sharp and injure birds, so only small amounts of pre-dried white bread are allowed
- moldy bread, rancid seeds and other stale foods
- food for parrots, food for cats and dogs
What do they love, and, most importantly, what is it good for birds to eat in the winter?