KAYTEE FIESTA YOGURT & ALMOND LARGE BIRD TREAT STICK, 2.25 OZ.

KAYTEE FIESTA YOGURT & ALMOND LARGE BIRD TREAT STICK, 2.25 OZ.

Kaytee Fiesta Yogurt & Almond Large Bird Treat Stick. Kaytee Fiesta Treat Sticks are a fun-to-eat way to add variety and activity to your pet?s diet. Fiesta treat sticks are a healthy treat made from fortified, nutritious ingredients. Kaytee treats are a great way to bond and play with your pet bird. Ingredients: Sunflower, Safflower, White Millet, Small Yellow Corn, Canary Grass Seed, Wheat, Oat Groats, Milo, Ground Corn, Raisins, Red Millet, Buckwheat, Gelatin, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Almonds, Corn Gluten Meal, Honey, Dextrose, Dehydrated Carrots, Ground Wheat, Maltodextrin, Calcium Carbonate, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Soy Oil, Wheat Middlings, Sugar, Dicalcium Phosphate, Ground Rice, Ground Oat Groats, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Salt, Ground Flax Seed, Reduced Lactose Whey Powder, Whole Cell Algae Meal (source of DHA), Vitamin A Supplement, Choline Chloride, Wheat Germ Meal, L-Lysine, Dried Beet Pulp, Brewers Dried Yeast, Sun-cured Alfalfa Meal, Fructooligosaccharide, Dried Whole Egg, Dried Nonfat Yogurt Powder, Yeast Extract, DL-Methionine, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative), Lecithin, Titanium Dioxide, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Propionic Acid (a preservative), Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Niacin, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), Calcium Pantothenate, L-Carnitine, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Beta-Carotene, Canthaxanthin, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Artificial Colors, Natural Flavors.

Top 3 Tips For Feeding Wild Birds in Winter

Wild birds

As the Winter Solstice approaches, the chances that cold weather will strike, even here in Florida, are increasing. Our Wild Bird populations typically count on their native habitats to provide food for the Winter – and increased fat and protein intake is essential for keeping birds warm.

But as their native habitats are being given over to development, and developed land is being wiped clean of their natural food sources (berries, insects, etc.), it’s a good idea to give wild birds a little helping hand, especially if you enjoy bird watching.

Today I’ll give you my Top 3 Tips for Feeding Wild Birds in Winter. Think of it as a holiday gift for your feathered friends.

For more information about feeding wild birds, you can take a look at my previous article on this topic, the Shell’s Feed Bird Food Guide.

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Tip #1: Increase the number of wild bird feeders (and your stock of wild bird food)

Wild Birds needs MORE food to keep warm on cold days. They stay warm by retaining their body heat within their fluffed feathers. They generate body heat through movement, shivering (quick flexing & relaxing of muscles over and over again), and increasing their heart rate.

Birds burn fat and protein for warmth.

This activity of warming themselves burns more fat and uses up a lot of protein to keep them at optimal temperature, so having extra fat and protein calories available from you is super helpful to wild birds on those cold days.

One way to give them more food is to position more feeders in your yard. Add a few larger feeders this time of year so that you don’t have to refill as often.

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One of the large feeders we carry at Shell’s!

Can birds survive without your help? Sure. Nature finds a way. But the benefits of feeding wild birds aren’t just for them, they’re for you too! The joy of watching these small creatures is immense – and better than television!

Shell’s has many kinds of feeders available for you!

There’s even a workshop this Saturday 12/14/19 from 9a-1p to decorate your own, and learn about what birds like which seeds too! Link below in the text.

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Attend our Holiday Maker’s Workshop this Saturday, December 14th, from 9a-1p (come any time during that time) to Decorate a Bird Feeder. See more details here. We’ll be showcasing our feeders and wild bird homes too, and letting you know about our Bulk Seed Weigh Station, where you can learn about making custom seed blends for your backyard critters!

Tip #2: Use Suet & All-Natural Peanut Butter as Wild Bird Supplements

Suet – a natural fat source

Adding more seed is great for wild birds, but during the coldest days of the year, additional fat is definitely helpful. Using suet – which is like lard, the remnants of beef fat after processing – and all natural peanut butter (NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS OR HONEY! TOXIC TO BIRDS!) is a great way to add extra fat to your feathered friends’ diets.

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Red-headed woodpecker on a suet cage.

Commercial suet is the safest form of suet – it contains the proper ingredients to keep it from turning into a liquid a higher temperatures.

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Try one of these for your suet needs, brought to you by Kaytee:
Positively Peanut High-Energy Suet
Suet & Seed
Orange Harvest Suet
Cherry Harvest Suet
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In a state where the temperature can fluctuate nearly 60 degrees in a day (from freezing to the 80s isn’t uncommon, right?) commercially-produced suet blocks are the best bet. And here’s a cage to put it in.

Peanut Butter, Fat & Protein Source

For peanut butter, you can use things like pine cones to load up with a peanut butter and seed mix to place out into the yard – they’re easy to hang on tree limbs or from other feeders. There’s lots of recipes for peanut butter bird mixes online and ways to present them to the birds too.

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Pine cone filled with peanut butter and seeds

A couple of other fun DIY ideas:

wild birds apple bird feeder

Take an apple, cut it in half, scoop out the core, and fill with peanut butter and seed mix. Some birds really like fruit so nothing goes to waste! Place on a flat surface for birds to enjoy. Or, you can use the stem to hang it, or use a stainless steel screw and screw it in (it can be used again in the future!)

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This also works with oranges & citrus fruits.

Another idea: Use a paper towel or toilet paper roll to coat with peanut butter, then roll it through a seed mixture. The more peanut butter you have on there the more seeds will stick to it. Then string a string through the tube and hang!

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Make sure you get a custom seed mix from Shell’s for this! Make different ones for different birds!

Use a jar or tin can or an old coffee cup to make different variations of bird seed feeders!

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You can glue a matching saucer to the side of the cup to replace the stick for extra cuteness factor! Use STRONG super glue adhesive if you do this.

Tip #3: Wild Birds Need Consistent Access to Clean Water

Seems counter-intuitive to us, since we don’t typically bathe outside when it’s cold out, but birds require access to clean water on a consistent basis, not just for drinking, but for bathing too.

wild birds bird bath

Regular bathing keeps their feathers working properly, allows them to fluff and retain the heat that they generate to keep warm. If their feathers are not clean and fluffy, this doesn’t work.

Luckily for us here in Florida, we don’t usually get enough long cold freezes to ice over a bird bath or pond for long periods of time. But, you will need to still keep the water clean and debris-free during the winter so that your birdie friends can come take a sip, or a nice bath, whenever they need it.

Those are my Top 3 Tips for Feeding Wild Birds in Winter! I hope this was helpful to you.

We want you to share the love of bird watching with us! It could easily become your newest favorite past time.

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Mockingbird, the Florida State Bird.

We here at Shell’s have an extensive variety of seeds for your bird friends as well as different kinds of feeders for you to present that seed mix.

Our ever-popular Shell’s Wild Bird Mix (25 and 50 lb bags) has a great variety of seeds to attract the most colorful and lively birds to your feeders – an easy mix at a fantastic price! Order online and pick it up at the store, we’ll even load it for you. It comes in 25 and 50 pound bags – let us recommend a container to store the extras in to avoid attracting the wrong critters!

If you have questions about your birds, reach out to us! In store, on the phone, or leave a comment below – we’re here to help!

Until next time,

Marissa

KAYTEE 13 IN. MEGA RUN ABOUT EXERCISE BALL

KAYTEE 13 IN. MEGA RUN ABOUT EXERCISE BALL

Description:   

The Super Pet Mega Run-About Ball, is a large size 13 in. diameter exercise ball for your small pet such as a hamster, guinea pig, rat, chinchilla, ferret. Provide larger caged pets with the freedom to roll around. Excellent source of exercise and entertainment. They will enjoy playing inside the ball or exterior fun just rolling around play.  Ideal to keep your pet entertained while you clean their cage.  Made with durable plastic with ventilated slats.  Measures: 14L x 12.5W x 13.75H inches. 

About Super Pet
It’s simple – Super Pet loves little animals. That’s why, for the past 20 years, the folks at Super Pet have been creating quality products, from habitats to hutches, accessories to exercise balls. Birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, and more all are of top priority at Super Pet. You’ll love what they have to offer.

KAYTEE CEDAR SUET AND SEED FEEDER

KAYTEE CEDAR SUET AND SEED FEEDER

Eco – friendlyMade from renewable, durable red cedar feeds more birds from all sides. Height: 10″ Length: 6-3/4″ Width: 12″ Capacity: 2 lb Weight: 3.5 lb Color: Cedar.

KAYTEE POSITIVELY PEANUT SUET

KAYTEE POSITIVELY PEANUT SUET

Made of rendered beef suet and roasted peanut chips, This special blend attracts a more select group of insect and grub – feeding wild birds, Great for year round feeding. Bird Type: Wild Birds Net Weight: 11 oz.

KAYTEE SUET & SEED HIGH ENERGY FOOD

KAYTEE SUET & SEED HIGH ENERGY FOOD

Great for year round feeding, Made of high quality rendered beef tallow, Provides needed energy to wild birds. Bird Type: Wild Birds Net Weight: 11-3/4 oz.

KAYTEE 71859154329 11.75 OZ CHERRY HARVEST SUET

KAYTEE 71859154329 11.75 OZ CHERRY HARVEST SUET

This Product Measures Cherry Harvest Suet is made of high quality rendered beef suet white millet corn and processed cherries. This suet meets the demands of a large variety of birds year-round. Cherries are a favorite food of wild birds.

KAYTEE HONEY SEED TREAT BELL SUNFLOWER 1 LBS. (CASE OF 8)

KAYTEE HONEY SEED TREAT BELL SUNFLOWER 1 LBS. (CASE OF 8)

Kaytee Honey Seed Treat Bell Sunflower 1 lbs. SOLD ASCase of 8 PRODUCT DETAILS Bird Type: Assorted Species Primary Ingredient: Millet Container Size: 1 lb. Other Ingredients: Sunflower, Milo Contains white millet, oil, sunflower, red millet, milo, gelatin, honey and dextrose Honey and gelatin binder Shrinkwrapped.

KAYTEE NUT AND FRUIT SEED TREAT BELL, 15-OUNCE

KAYTEE NUT AND FRUIT SEED TREAT BELL, 15-OUNCE

KAYTEE Nut and Fruit Treat Bell is a convenient, ready-to-hang, instant feeder. It’s made with the finest ingredients and held together with a binder that includes real honey. Our new packaging features eye-catching graphics and is sealed air tight to prevent infestation and preserve freshness. Recommended for wild birds.

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