It’s winter which means the weather is getting colder and harsher. when the weather gets bad, it can be hard for birds, especially small garden birds, to keep warm and safe in the conditions.

You can help birds this winter by making sure they have a place to stay that is warm and dry, and you can do this by putting a nest box in your garden, however, you need to be aware of how nest boxes can be affected in winter and winter nest box care.

What is a Bird Nest Box?

A bird nest box is a small birdhouse, often made of wood or plastic, that will make an ideal place for a garden bird to make its home. You can purchase a birds nest box or make one your own and place it in your garden for a bird to come and make your garden its new home.

A bird net box can be a huge help for birds in winter. In winter, a lot of trees lose their foliage and because of this, there is less coverage in trees and bushes for birds meaning they are exposed to the cold elements. With a birds nest box, the birds in your garden can have access to a warm sheltered place that will be safe for them in winter, but if you are planning on putting up a birds nest box this winter, then you need to know about birds nest box care.

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Winter Bird Nest Box Care

Make sure the bird’s nest box is clean and sanitary. If it is a brand new box then it should be ok, but it is quite an old one then you might want to give it a quick clean with some hot soapy water.

Birds feel safer the higher up they are so it’s a good idea to place the bird box around 10 feet above the ground. Make sure that you nail the bird box down and place it in a place it is going to be safe, like a sturdy tree or on a protected wall. This is because winds can get quite bad in winter and bird boxes can get blown loose if they are not nailed down properly.

Prepare the box for winter. A lot of bird boxes are well ventilated and have air holes all over so that the box does not overheat in summer. In winter this is not an issue, and you might be better filling in or blocking the holes so that the birds are protected from the cold whilst they are in the box.

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What Should I feed The Birds in Winter?

Winter can be a tough time for birds as the temperature can drop to seriously low levels and it can be hard for them to find food and stay warm.

This is why it is important to make sure that you leave food out for the birds that visit your garden and more importantly that you use flood that is going to help the birds survive the winter.

Here at Kennedy Wild Birds Food, we have a range of food, specially designed for birds and to help them get the protein and nutrients they need to survive.

Mixed Birdseed

Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Feed, we have a variety of mixed birds seeds available. our bags of mixed birds’ seeds are specially designed to give birds all the energy and protein that need.

Mealworms For Birds

Some birds prefer easting insects, like mealworms, over birds’ seeds. That’s we sell both dried and live mealworms for birds so that the bird that visits your garden can have food that suits their natural diet.

Peanuts For Birds

Peanuts have all the good fats and proteins that birds need to stay strong healthy especially in the colder months. Remember, peanuts from regular shops often have flavourings and coating that are unsafe for birds, so always go to a bird food specialist when buying peanuts for birds.

Plain Wild Bird Seeds

Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Feed, we have a wide variety of different seeds for you to choose from. Our plain wild bird seeds are perfect for any bird that is visiting your garden and will help keep them happy, healthy and well-fed throughout the winter months.

Suet For Birds

Our range of suet products are the perfect thing to leave out for the birds as the weather gets colder. suet is full of fat which birds need to store and keep warm in the winter.

Sunflower Seeds For Birds

Sunflower seeds are possibly the healthiest thing you can feed the birds that come to your garden. They have a soft shell that the birds will need to break through, which is great for strengthening their beak. If the birds that come to your garden are little on the small side and don’t have the strength or power to break the shells, then you can buy sunflower hearts. Sunflower hearts are just the meaty insides of the sunflower seed that have all the good proteins and necessary calories that birds need to stay strong and healthy all year round.

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