The sight and sound of birds is a signature of New Zealand’s wonderful gardens. Putting out wild bird food will attract more birds to your garden. It is a great way to encourage children’s interest in nature and the outdoors, and can provide a great deal of entertainment. Also by attracting birds to your garden you will effectively reduce the number of pesky insects because birds are their natural predator.
More than 70 of New Zealand’s native bird species are on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red list of threatened species. If we do not want this list to grow, we must care for the wild birds that visit our gardens, especially during the winter months, when food is scarce and the weather is cold.
What can I feed the birds?
Oderings stock a wide range of Wild Bird foods from Topflite and Tui. The Topflite Wild Bird Energy range of products, will keep both native and introduced birds happy and has a range of seed, nectar and bar options. Wild bird seed is the most commonly fed food supplement. It is suitable for many birds, including finches, sparrows, rosellas, doves, pigeons, and yellowhammers.
Wild Bird Nectar suits New Zealand’s native nectar-eating birds, such as bellbirds, waxeyes, and tui. Be sure to use it especially during autumn and winter, since nectar is least available then.
Gourmet treats, available as a hanging treat or a table cake, contain a mixture of fats, fruit, and seeds that appeal to all bird species. The key ingredients in the Wild Bird Energy range of products are vegetable fat and peanut flour, flavours that birds love. There is no palm oil in these products.
Providing a clean feeding area is crucial to preventing the spread of diseases. If providing water or nectar, ensure it is replenished regularly and is kept in a cool area of your garden.
Keep feeding tables and water dishes/baths off the ground. You need to ensure they are not placed where bird droppings could contaminate them, i.e., not directly under trees or where birds are likely to perch.
Help nature and bring the wild birds to your backyard with a range of energy-rich nectar, seed, and suet (fat) wild bird food and feeders, all available at Oderings stores or online under bird food & feeders.
Bird Feeder Houses
We also have on offer a variety of bird feeding houses to provide shelter for birds visiting your garden. Topflite’s new Naturals feeder range has been carefully developed to make the most of a sustainable raw material – the humble bamboo plant. Bamboo was chosen by the New Zealand company for both its sustainable origins and enduring strength. Fast growing and self-regenerating, bamboo is an ecologically sound basis for these stunning feeders. It wasn’t just good looks and sustainable origins the range was designed for. Each feeder needed to be easy to install and simple to use. This functionality was a key factor for ensuring a wide range of feed and treats could be quickly and easily placed to keep hungry birds happy. The three designs of these feed houses are the Lantern Feeder, the Chirpeteria and the Bird Bach.