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3820 FM3009, Suite 152
Schertz, TX 78154
Phone: (210) 566-8808
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
If you've just purchased the feeder, it may take the birds some time to get used to . It may take days, or even weeks.
There are several factors that may contribute to the lack of birds at your feeder:
If none of the previous scenarios apply to you, the best thing to do is wait. Put out minimal amounts of seed so that if no birds visit your feeders, large quantities of seed do not go to waste. You can try moving the feeder, but the best bit of advice is to simply wait and have patience.
If the cat belongs to you, the best thing to do is to bring the cat indoors. Allow the cat to watch the birds through the window so that your feline stays entertained. If you must let the cat out, try letting him or her out from noon until four, when bird activity at feeders is the lowest. It is discouraged to let cats out at night, since owls (though rarely) have been known to go after small dogs and cats. Keep in mind however, that the city of Schertz has a leash law, which applies to dogs and cats alike.
Suppossing that the cat doesn't belong to you, but rather a neighbor, try talking to the neighbor and working out a compromise. Feral cats are a big problem in some areas. If you have feral cats, try contacting your local animal shelter for tips about live trapping.
In the mean time, you can try setting up some barriers around your feeders (i.e. chain-link fencing). Keep feeding stations 20 feet or more away brush piles or bushes, or try setting your sprinklers to face bushes where cats may be hiding. Cats prefer not to hid in wet, drippy places.
Usually, it's best to leave the bird alone. If the bird has all or most of its feathers, the bird is simply trying to fledge (learn to fly), and the parents are likely waiting nearby for you to leave. As long as the bird is not in immediate danger from cats or dogs, it's best to leave the bird be. However, if the bird has little to no feathers, try locating the original nest and placing the bird back in the nest. The parents will not abandon the young if you touch the baby.
If you find the adult birds dead or the baby has been hiding for two hours, it's best to call a professional. The Wildlife Rescue and Rehab offers tips and may retrieve the young bird. Their number is 830-336-2725. It is not recommended ( and usually not legal) to raise a wild bird on your own.
Whenever you get tired of it. Contrary to popular belief, hummingbirds are not feeder dependent, and leaving a feeder up in the winter will not prevent hummingbirds from migrating. In fact, some hummingbirds stick around in the winter, so leaving your feeder up can provide them with the extra boost they need tomake it through the winter.
Birds either hit the window because they either see a potential rival, are panicking and trying to escape a predator, or simply see a reflection of the sky and don't recognize the window as a solid object.
To deter a bird that believes he/she sees a rival in the reflection, try covering the window with a bedsheet or newspaper for 10-14 days. If the birds are hitting your window due to seeing the sky's reflection, you can try specially designed window decals that help to break up the reflection. Finally, if birds are hitting your windows out of panic, examine the location of your feeders. Feeders placed within ten feet of the window actually prevent birds from hitting the glass so hard. Feeders that are placed 12-30 feet away allow birds to build up momentum before impact. If the feeders are placed even further away, then window strike will likely not be a problem, since birds will find a different escape route.
Here is an example of a window feeder decal that we sell:
The short answer is no. Doves swallow seed whole, so unlike grackles and starlings, who are unable to crack open certain seeds, doves can eat any type of seed. Squirrels seem to not prefer the taste of safflower, but may develop a taste for it if they are hungry.
The best thing to do to deter doves and squirrels is to buy a cage and/or baffel. We have a wide variety of baffles and can help you find the one best suited for your feeder. The Eliminator bird feeder is designed to keep doves and squirrels off, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
More than likely, a raccoon found your feeder and had a snack. There is no hangin baffle (that I know of) that 100% repels raccoons, so the best thing to do is to bring the feeders in at night and put them back out in the morning. If you have a pole system, there are raccoon baffles that wrap around the base and prevent raccoons from climbing up. However, these will only work so long as there is nothing nearby the raccoon can use to jump onto the feeders.
Below is an example of a squirrel baffle mounted to a pole system.
If you have any more questions, feel free to call us at 210-566-8808.
Thanks to City Birds Country Birds, by Sharon Stiteler. We highly recommend this book for novice and advanced birders alike.