When considering what sort of bird feeder to purchase for your garden, a common question is whether to go "green" or buy one that's made from plastic. On the face of it, these two choices seem fairly similar. They are both low maintenance and efficient at attracting birds into your yard. But which one is better for you?
Plastic feeders have many benefits, but there are some cons as well. For example, they are not very attractive. Many bird watchers will note that even though they are lower maintenance than a wooden feeder, they are just not appealing to birds. That is one of the biggest deterrents to using these.
On the other hand, plastic does not break down. Therefore, if you buy an inexpensive plastic feeder, over time it will start to tear apart. This will happen even if you buy the cheapest type available. Eventually, all that will remain are bits of the plastic. These can attract pests like termites and other insects that can harm your birds.
However, even a plastic feeder will require maintenance if you want to keep it looking nice. There is always going to be a bit of dirt, dust, and grime on a bird feeder. If you simply wipe this away on a daily basis, it is likely that your bird feeder will continue to attract and keep birds. Also, there is a good chance that some small pieces of the plastic will get stuck in the bird's beak and throat. Over time this can result in a small cut, which will require a trip to the vet.
If you are considering buying a plastic bird feeder, consider whether you would like to buy a birdbath or birdhouse instead. The bath is less attractive than a plastic bird feeder, but it will provide more protection for your birds. In addition, a birdhouse provides shelter from predators as well as more places for your birds to roost at night.
Plastic bird feeders come in a wide range of styles and designs. You may choose one that looks like a modern day junkyard. These bird feeders often come with their own canister and some even have perches incorporated into them. On the other hand, you can find birdfeeders that mimic logs or towers.
Some bird feeders also double as water dispensers. This can be handy if you are gone during the day and the birds do not drink out of the feeder. In addition, bird feeders in the wild often double as nesting boxes. They may not have real nesting boxes, but they are still handy when you are bird watching. Whether you want a bird feeder to simply keep birds from eating in your yard or to help with the nesting process, there are a variety of options.
The important thing is to have a bird feeder. If you are thinking about keeping birds in your yard, you will need to get a few different types. There are so many different kinds of birds out there, you will probably never run out of options. In order to get the best choice, it is a good idea to talk to someone who keeps birds. Even though you may think that you already know everything you need to know, you never know unless you actually talk to a bird lover.