Feeding Birds in Winter

Feeding Birds in Winter

Although experts keep coming back that it is not necessary to feed birds in the winter, since the animals that stay here in the winter, so would find enough food in the wild, the Germans can cost this every year up to 20 million euros. But when feeding the birds in winter, you can do a lot wrong, from the choice of food to setting up the birdhouse. Therefore, in the following guidebook we will tell you what you should be aware of when it comes to winter feeding and where dangers lurk.

Is feeding really useful in winter?

The supply of birds is significantly worse for birds in winter than from spring to spring into the fall. This is a fact that is undeniable. This is exactly why many people in Germany decide to support the birds in winter, for example by hanging dumplings or bird feeders, so that the robins, sparrows and finches do not one day fall off the branches because they are starved.

In general, no one can really say anything against winter feeding, even though even experts and even animal lovers are increasingly saying that this is not necessary. However, it is true that the species that we support through winter feeding are by no means threatened with extinction, which is why we have to make a clear distinction between animal welfare and conservation. After all, there is no such thing as "natural selection", which is why even those animals that are sick and weak will survive the winter, which would otherwise naturally die. So while there are many opponents, there are many advocates who are clearly in favor of winter feeding. Already alone, they feel encouraged in their opinion that by spraying weed killers, the living conditions for our domestic animals are enormously burdened, as the feed supply is severely restricted.

When should winter feeding begin?

In general, it is best to start winter feeding only when domestic birds are unable to find food due to frost and snow cover. However, there is also the possibility of providing food throughout the year.

Once you have started winter feeding, you should always top up fresh food regularly. Birds that have found the food source rely on the fact that they can always find food here. However, if the feeding point suddenly becomes empty, it can quickly kill the birds, as they often do not have any passing points.

The right feeding place

When choosing the feeding place, make sure that the birds can not walk around in the feed. The risk that it will be contaminated with feces, which can eventually be transmitted diseases is very large. If you offer loose grain mixtures, then you should use special covered feed silos, where the food can slide by itself.


To avoid a transmission of diseases, you should clean the feeding area regularly.

Bei When choosing the location, you should take care that the feeding place

  1. is not placed near a glass pane
  2. Can not be reached by animals, such as cats
  3. Protected from rain and snow, so that the Food can not soften

Which food is best?

The question of the right food can generally not be answered in a general way, because there are grain eaters, such as finches and sparrows, and there are soft-food eaters, such as blackbird and Robin. For grain eaters, it is, for example, cereals, dried berries or sunflower seeds offer. On the other hand, soft-food eaters prefer oatmeal and fruit, which is best provided in the whole. It is often observed that even bread is fed. However, this is unsuitable because it triggers a fermentation process in the intestines of the birds and also provides a breeding ground for bacteria and pathogens.


Feeding birds in the winter is an issue that many people care about. However, if you do not do it right, you will do more harm to the animals than they will do them good. With the right approach, however, winter feeding is no obstacle.

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