Feeding the birds in your garden with organic wild bird foods is as important to their health as eating organically is to yours. Toxins and pesticides in commercially prepared foods can cause illness, reproductive problems, and even death.
Feeding the Birds
Bird watching is an educational and relaxing hobby. Having a bird feeder set up near a window in your home can provide you with hours of entertainment. It is relatively easy to pick up a bag of commercial bird seed when you go to the store, but before you do, consider the wellbeing of the birds you are feeding.
An estimated 67 million birds die from being exposed to pesticides every year. The birds that don't die from the pesticides can literally poison the predators that eat them. This is a result of the high levels of pesticides and environmental poisons in their bodies. This endangers wild animals as well as cats and dogs.
Organic wild bird foods are a great way to ensure that healthy bird populations are maintained as well as safeguarding pets.
Homemade Wild Bird Foods
As long as the food you are eating is organic, there is no reason not to feed scraps to the birds. Some great foods to feed the birds from your table include:
- Organic fruit
- Organic vegetables
- Organic whole grains
- Organic nuts and seeds
- Fat scraps from organic meats in moderation (though these may also attract rodents and other animals)
You can make wild bird mix with organic seeds that you choose yourself. The benefit to this is that you can tailor it specifically to the diets of the birds in your area or the varieties that you hope to attract.
Be sure that the seeds you are getting are not genetically modified and are organic. Here are some suggestions that you can try.
Black oil sunflower seeds, cracked corn and millet attract a wide variety of birds like:
- House finches
- Wax wings
Don't forget the hummingbirds! Homemade hummingbird nectar is easy to make organically.
- One part organic cane sugar
- Four parts filtered water
Boil the mixture for two minutes and then cool to room temperature before filling feeders. Do not add red dyes.
Commercially Prepared Organic Wild Bird Foods
Finding commercially prepared organic bird seed mixes can be difficult. Some companies are beginning to manufacture it but they are hard to find. As more consumers ask for these products, more companies will step up to the plate and create organic bird seed mixtures.
- Wild Wings Organics has a large selection of organic wild bird foods to supply hours of bird-watching fun. Nine different blends attract numerous types of birds to your feeders.
- Natures Choice Essentials has over 30 varieties of organic seeds to mix and match to your own needs and specifications.
Keep Feeding the Birds
Once you have your organic seeds and have encouraged birds to come to your garden, don't stop feeding them. Birds begin to depend on the feeders as a food source. Keep the feeders full of organic seeds and food scraps and they birds will continue to charm you with their antics. As autumn approaches you should begin to slowly decrease the food available so that the birds are not discouraged from migrating.
Remember to plant things that produce food for the birds in your organic garden. Certain flowers and fruits supply birds with needed nutrients without you having to buy a thing. Providing organic foods, fresh water, and desirable habitat will keep the bird population at your house in tip-top condition.