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Platform Bird Feeders

What's a platform? A raised, flat, horizontal surface, as we know. So what's a platform bird feeder? It's simply a raised, flat, horizontal bird feeder, of course. Easy? Well, you've got the basics, but this article intends to take you a little further. So read on, and by the end, most of your questions ought to have been answered.

Essentially, platform bird feeders are of two types: elevated and ground level. Different species of birds prefer one or the other variety, so for the maximum bird visits, why not install both in your garden? Whatever you do, don't simply scatter birdfeed on the ground. Not only is it unhealthy for the birds, a fortnight's sunshine and rain will make your garden look like a mini jungle because leftover seeds may start to sprout!

The best thing about platform bird feeders is that they are easy to maintain and they attract a large number of birds because they are so easy to feed off. However, it is exactly for that reason that they attract the non-birds as well! Take squirrels, for example. They love seeds as much as birds do, but they are such voracious eaters and hoarders that a visit from a squirrel drives most birds away from a feeder. Also, platform bird feeders need protection from the elements - in other words, since they are open, they need shelter from rain, snow and high winds.

Obviously, you need to keep these factors in mind when shopping for platform bird feeders. The best investment, in my view, would be a feeder with a roof and a rudimentary drainage facility, for both elevated and ground level platform bird feeders. Of course, ground level feeders are not a good idea if your household includes predatory pets like cats. Typically, the newest range of platform bird feeders cost between $25 and $55 and come with accessories like squirrel baffles, drainage facilities, a wire mesh net for catching uneaten seeds and all-weather protection systems.

With elevated platform feeders, the avian guests to watch out for are the popular cardinals, chickadees, titmice and finches. However, bird species like quails, doves and sparrows almost always feed off the ground in natural conditions, so a ground level feeder works best for them. Knowledge of what species likes what kind of feeder also helps you decide what to put on the feeder trays. As a thumb rule, however, you can opt for white proso millet for ground level feeders and sunflower seeds for elevated feeders. Just keep in mind that you should keep the platform clean and put out not more than two days' supply of food at a time.

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