We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
#13-33324 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2B4
Phone: (604) 852-1960
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
8810-C Young Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 4P5
Phone: (604) 792-1239
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Willowbrook Park Shopping Centre,
#2-6131 200th Street
Langley, BC V2Y 1A2
Phone: (604) 510-2035
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Now that you have your new feeder, it is time to accessorize!
Most feeders will benefit from the addition of domes and trays. Domes are important to keep the rain off (no west coast feeder should be without one!) and, depending on the size of dome and feeder, can also act as a squirrel deterrent. You can get the domes in several sizes with either a top slit (to slide overtop feeders) or with a hook to hang feeders from. You can also purchase them for hummingbird feeders. These help keep both the sun (possibly prolonging the life of your solution) and the rain out of your feeders.
Keeping the ground underneath clean of seeds and debris is important for the health of your birds. Trays accomplish this well. Some feeders, like Aspects, allow you to attach a tray directly to the tube feeder. For most other feeders, we recommend Seed Hoops. Seed hoops are a plastic mesh tray that is suspended by adjustable ropes below the feeder. Very easy to clean! They come in 16", 24" and 30".
Feeder Fresh is a non toxic, fine sand that you add to both your seed and bird feeder. This works to absorb moisture that enters your feeder from rain, humidity, and condensation - in other words, a typical year on the coast! This product, by keeping the seed drier, keeps any dangerous mould and toxins from affecting your birds.
No matter what feeder you have, it is important to keep it clean. One of the best ways to do this is with a long handled brush that cleans the hardest to reach places. Hummingbird feeders need a shorted handled brush, but also need small brushes to clean the feeder ports.
It is not just hummingbirds that like the sweet sugar solution! Ants, wasps, and bees all would like to use your hummingbird feeder as well. Ants can be deterred with an ant trap: a plastic dish that traps and drowns them while they are on their way into the feeder. You can also make it difficult for bees or wasps to become a problem. We recommend using Aspects high-top, decorative, or window feeders as you can use Nectar Guard Tips with these ones. The Nectar Guard Tips are a soft plastic sleeve with a small slit. They fit over the small "knobs" on the inside of the feeder. The long tongue of the hummers will push through but insects are too large and stay out.
Cleanliness is always important when you are offering birds food, water or shelter. But using toxic chemicals, such as bleach, is not always desirable unless you are dealing with a widespread illness like salmonella. Cleaners are now available that use organic components to clean away parasites, bird droppings and other organic contaminents that affect the health of our birds. Simply spray and clean as normal (always follow the instructions on the bottle for the correct procedure). You can also add a similar solution to your bird baths to remove algae, bird droppings, etc.