It generally takes about 2 weeks for birds to start regularly visiting a new bird feeder.
Following the tips below will help reduce the time and draw in your feathered neighbors.
- Wild birds are more likely to find and use bird feeders that best meet their needs.
Place the bird feeder with 12 feet of a tree, tall grass or other cover. The nearby cover allows birds to feel comfortable being out in the open while visiting your feeder.
- Place a bird feeder where you see birds regularly.
If you see birds visit an area of your yard or a particular tree then that is the ideal place to put a feeder.
- Put some seed under the feeder to attract birds.
Birds find food by sight, so starting the seed in a wider area will help draw them to the spot.
…and of course put your feeder in a spot high enough for cats and dogs not to reach it, and in a place squirrels can’t easily reach.
Who will be your first visitor? Very possibly a chickadee! Chickadees are extra curious birds and often the first to visit a new spot.