when can birds eat seeds

6. The wrong seed or blend is being used. The wrong feeder/seed combination can result in poor bird activity. Every type of bird has preferred foods, so figuring out what those are is a good place to start. Additionally, different feeder designs can’t distribute food equally, so even the right food in the wrong feeder will prevent access to it. Ask the experts at WBU to help you choose. Note: Junk grains, which are frequently present in blends from discount stores, are not included in WBU seed blends. Most songbirds avoid these fillers altogether.

2. Seed is stored improperly. As with human foods, heat and humidity will spoil seeds. Purchase no more than you will need in four weeks in the summer or six to eight weeks in the winter, and avoid keeping it in a heated garage or shed. Food for birds is not similar to human food, which we wouldn’t store in a warm place and expect it to stay fresh. If you must store it somewhere other than the best, purchase only enough for roughly two weeks at a time. WBU receives two shipments of bird food per week, so when you purchase our seed, you can be sure it is fresh. 4. The feeder is brand-new or hasn’t been filled in a while. Because birds only use their sense of sight to find food, it may take them some time to notice it. For an all-purpose feeder, three to four weeks would be typical; for a specialty feeder, that time could be doubled. Since birds are primarily hunters, they may need some time to get used to new things, even if it’s just a brand-new feeder to replace an outdated one. Refer back to rule #1 during this time.

8. Feeders are positioned in areas unsuitable for the species or too close to one another. Certain types of feeders can be combined, but specific feeders—like finch feeders—perform best when placed at least ten feet away from other birds. Each bird species has its favored feeding spots. For instance, goldfinches usually like to be outside, but woodpeckers will be happiest close to trees.

9. Natural cycles. All year round, birds will feed at feeders, but during the nesting season and in colder climates, their activity will be at its peak. If there are plenty of natural resources, birds may visit less frequently (for instance, finches enjoy ripe coneflower seeds, and woodpeckers and jays gorge on autumn acorns). When winter winds come, yards with little natural cover for protection might be peaceful.

1. The seed is no longer fresh or has gotten wet. Seed in a feeder is only good for two to three weeks when it is exposed to the sun and humidity. In a matter of days, seed will deteriorate if rainwater gets inside the feeder. Just as people are hesitant to return to a bad dining experience, birds will also stay away from a “bad” feeder. Only put a small amount of seed in the feeder at first, and change it frequently until the birds are eating well and the seed is still fresh when they do find the feeder.

Where should I put bird feeders?

Wherever they feel safe from predators—including roaming cats—birds are most likely to feed. Set feeders 12 feet away from bushes, trees, or brush piles. Predators are unable to conceal themselves within striking distance of the feeder, but birds can swiftly fly the distance of 12 feet to reach safe cover. Place thorny branches or chicken wire around ground-level feeders for additional protection.

Are any human foods unsafe for birds?

Yes. Many of the foods that humans eat shouldn’t be given to birds.

  • Both fresh and stale bread have little nutritional value for birds, and moldy bread can be harmful to them.
  • Due to the theobromine it contains, chocolate is poisonous to birds just as it is to dogs and cats.
  • Table scraps: the majority will draw mice or rats, and some may not be healthy or safe for birds to eat.


When can baby birds eat seed?

Indian Ringneck (Indian, African)
8 to 10
Conures (all)
8 to 10

How old does a bird have to be to eat bird seed?

At 4 weeks, the birds can be put in a cage with low perches. Water in a bowl may be placed inside. Five to six weeks – Feed the birds twice daily. A pelleted bird food and other foods may be placed in the cage to encourage the bird to eat on its own.

When should I start putting out bird seed?

Bird feeding is most helpful when birds need the most energy, such as during temperature extremes, migration and in late winter or early spring, when natural seed sources are depleted. Most birds don’t need your help in the summer.

What months should you feed birds?

A bird table will be at its most popular when natural food is in short supply, usually between October and April. But food shortages can happen at any time, so feeding all year round is best.