Know Your Bird Feeders; Part 2


Article by: Ronald Patterson

In my last article, I mentioned the popularity of tube feeders and what to look for.

Other feeders like hoppers and platform feeders serve a purpose and need as well. Today I will discuss platforms and what to look for in a quality platform feeder.

A platform feeder is self describing. It is a platform made of wood , Pond Spitters Are The Perfect Way To Accentuate Your Pond With Style or screening with four sides about two inches high. Platforms usually sit on four legs or some are hung by a cord or metal , Balcony, Patio, and Courtyard Gardening chain.

Platform feeders serve a purpose and can attract the greatest variety of birds , Spring Wedding Flowers and other wildlife. , Growing Sweet Peas Squirrels, deer, chipmunks, rabbits and mice find grazing on your birdseed as easy pickings and will continue to return.

Platform feeders are open to the elements where seed , Preformed Pond Liners can get wet and buried in the snow. , Have Fun and be Creative - Get the Look for Less

Platforms require more frequent cleaning as seed , Orchids Plus More Newsletter - December, 2004 can sprout and mold quicker. Not to mention that birds , Spring Wedding Flowers will hop around in the seed, , Transplanting Trees often leaving a calling card. Others birds , The Truth about Bulb Flowers hop in and peck around, eating seed , Winterizing Tips for Your Lawn and Garden and other birds , Gift Ideas for Lovers droppings.

To many sickness and diseases , Making Memories with Flower Gardening are passed this way, that is the main reason for keeping a platform feeder clean.

I personally put less birdseed out and clean it every other day

What to look for when you are ready to purchase or build a platform feeder.

Look for durability. Is the feeder made of recycled plastic? If it is wood, , The Basics of Mulch is it made of cedar or redwood. Anything less wont do. Recycled plastics , A Home Garden Fun for the Whole Family will last a life time. Redwood and cedar have their own anti bug and anti rot chemicals built in so they too should last for years and years if taken care of properly.

Look for or build with these quality products , Daylily 'When My Sweetheart Returns' and make sure it is held together with stainless steel or zinc coated screws. , Pond Spitters Are The Perfect Way To Accentuate Your Pond With Style Regular screws , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction to Hydroponics Gardening for Beginners (Part 12) H2O2 will rust away and staples will pull out leaving your feeder a crumbled mess.

Are you planning on hanging your platform feeder? Make sure it has a stainless steel or powder coated chain. Cords will rot and can be chewed off.

Most important of all, is a screened bottom. Anything less will not do. My platform has a removable screen. A screen I can slide in and out. A screened bottom allows for drainage after a rain. It also allows me to remove it to scrub and sanitize as often as needed. Cleanliness is important.

Are you going to paint , Outdoor Furniture: Exploring the Benefits of Teak or stain your platform feeder? If you chose to do so, be sure to use a water , 5 Must Know Tips For A Better Looking Landscape base paint , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes or stain. Oils can penetrate birdseed or rub off onto feathers and brought back to nests.

Birds and small wildlife , Barefoot at the Cottage are more susceptible to predators when feeding from a platform feeder. Placement of all your feeders should be close to protection. Place , How to Grow Cucumbers feeders near your trees , The Rich History of Wild Roses and shrubs , Canopy Swings - Escape the Weather with One for protection, yet in a place , Growing Nostalgic "Old Roses" In Your Garden where they are easy to get at and enjoy.

Always use a quality feed for your birds. , Orchids Plus More Newsletter - December, 2004

To sum it all up. You want a platform built to last and with a screened bottom or platform. Taking that extra time or dollars to buy or make your platform feeder is worth it in the long run.
Ron Patterson has been feeding and caring for wildbirds for more then 40 years. His experience of caring for birds , Orchids Plus More Newsletter - December, 2004 and owning his own wild bird , Why Do Flowers Inspire Me So Much? specialty store prompted him to become a Michigan Certified Nurseryman. As a nurseryman, he know what and where to plant , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers to attract more birds , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction to Hydroponics Gardening for Beginners (Part 12) H2O2 to your yard. , How to Grow Cucumbers As one of America's backyard , Transplanting Trees birding experts,Ron has a weekly newsletter called "Backyard Birding Tips" you can find Ron at Email

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