A common question we get in our Wild Birds Unlimited store is "how long will it take for the birds to find my feeder?" We share the "Rule of 2s":
It might take 2 seconds,
maybe even 2 months
for birds to start using your feeder.
I put out this new feeder today at 10:54am. At 11:09am, I had my first visitor - a Black-capped Chickadee. Chickadees are often the first bird to find a new feeder, and this guy came through just 15 minutes after the feeder was hung!
- Place feeders in a safe place, not right above places where ground predators like cats might hide.
- Place feeders within 15 feet or so of a place that birds can quickly fly to to escape flying predators like hawks.
- Spread a little seed on the ground beneath the feeder. Birds find food by sight, so spreading some food might aid birds in finding your feeders.
- Use quality food. A new feeder filled with junk seed (full of stuff they don't eat or filled with old, stale, dry seed) will not attract birds. With birds, it's all about energy in and energy out. Low quality seed that requires more energy to find and eat is just not worth the birds' efforts.
- If it's a new type of feeder for your birds, hang it in a spot where you've had a feeder before. Birds aren't too dissimilar from us: sometimes it takes awhile to get used to new things.
BE PATIENT and hopefully that patience with the birds will payoff with many hours of birdfeeding enjoyment!
This birdfeeder was made in Ohio from felled wood. It is now available for purchase at Wild Birds Unlimited - Saratoga Springs NY. More about the feeder in a future blog post!
Thanks to Bob Shanman of the Torrance CA Wild Birds Unlimited store from whom we picked up the "Rule of 2s".