Birding & Wildlife Supplies

Hicks Nurseries offers a wide selection of bird feeders, bird seed, suet feed, bird houses and more.

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Feeding birds and wildlife can provide a number of benefits, for both animals and humans:

 

  • Nutritional support: Feeding birds and wildlife can help provide a nutritional boost to animals that may be struggling to find enough food on their own, particularly during times of drought, cold weather, or other challenging conditions.

What’s the difference between bird seed and suet?

Both bird seed and suet are foods that can be used to attract birds to your backyard, but they serve different nutritional purposes.

Bird seed is a mix of various seeds and grains commonly fed to birds, such as sunflower seeds, millet, and cracked corn.

Suet feed, on the other hand, is a high-energy food made from animal fat, often mixed with other ingredients such as seeds, nuts, and fruit. It is a popular food for birds during the winter months, as it provides them with the extra energy they need to keep warm.

 

  • Conservation: By providing supplemental food, you may be helping to support the survival of local wildlife populations. This can be especially important in areas where habitat loss or other factors have made it difficult for animals to find enough food.

 

  • Education and enjoyment: Feeding birds and wildlife can be a fun and educational activity, particularly for children. It can also provide opportunities for nature watching and photography.

 

  • Pest control: Some species of birds and wildlife are natural predators of insects and other pests, and feeding them can help encourage them to stick around and provide natural pest control services.

 

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It’s important to keep in mind that feeding wildlife should be done responsibly and with consideration for both the animals and the environment. Overfeeding can lead to health problems and can also attract predators or unwanted pests.  Before starting a wildlife feeding program, it’s a good idea to research the specific species you want to support and to follow best practices for responsible feeding.

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