Can’t I Just Place Feed on The Ground?
Whilst it is possible to place bird feed directly on the ground, doing so can encourage predators, rats and pigeons – especially if you use low quality bird seed/food.
To avoid this, make sure you only provide high quality bird food to your ground-feeding birds. This will help to prevent pests, as well as unwanted weeds popping up all over your garden. Mixes such as our Robin and Songbird No Mess Mix, Premium No Grow, No Waste, No Husk and Premium Hi Protein Robin insect mixes are the perfect choice.
If you live in an area with a lot of cats roaming around, then the guardian feeder will also help to give your unsuspecting garden birds more safety while they feed. Please note always avoid placing ground bird feeders without havens away from trees, vegetation and fences to avoid predators.
What Do I Feed Ground Feeding Birds?
Most bird feed can be fed on ground feeders. But we recommend avoiding seeds still in their husks such as black sunflower seeds, as the husk is not readily degradable by the soil and can lead to bacterial growth, as well as preventing other plants beneath it from flourishing.
Our range of bird tables and feeding stations with feeding trays are ideal for preventing these issues happening. Plus they make it harder for rats and mice to access and prevent seeds sprouting (look for a ‘No Grow’ mix to avoid this).
One final tip – remember to move around your ground feeders from time to time. This helps to prevent disease and bacteria from developing and potentially infecting your garden birds.
Good luck and enjoy your garden birds whilst you help them thrive!