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Keep your wild birds healthy this Spring

March 8th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge

According to the RSPB, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the best way to ensure that wild birds are kept healthy is to feed them all year around. However with spring just around the corner they have some advice on how to change from high fat foods for the birds to higher protein sources. If you are novice at feeding birds like I am you would probably not have realised how complicated it can be making sure we get it right for our feathered friends, so here is some advice from their wild birds section.  
 
Birds in the spring and summer months require high protein foods whilst they are moulting. The best foods for birds at this time of year are black sunflower seeds, pinhead oatmeal, soaked sultanas, raisins and currents, mild grated cheese, mealworms, wax worms and mixtures without peanuts. They also state that some fruits, including soft apples, bananas and grapes offer a good source of nutrients.
 
It’s best to avoid feeding the birds nuts, fat and bread at this time of year, because they could feed them to their nestlings, which could result in them choking. If you would like to feed your birds nuts, then put them out in metal wire containers, which will ensure that they cannot be eaten whole.
 
Homemade fat balls can go rancid in the summer months, so this could make a bird unwell if consumed.
 
Temporary food shortages can occur at any time of year according to the RSPB so ensuring that you give a steady supply of food to wild birds is essential, as it could make a difference to the survival of the young.
 
If you would like to find out more about the RSPB and how you can help wild birds to survive then why not visit their website @ http://www.rspb.org.uk/
 
Source:RSPB