A. Some of the most watched and beloved of Canada’s wildlife species are the birds we see on our properties. They bring hours of enjoyment as we watch their antics, especially at our bird feeders. According to a recent study, one in four Canadians either buy bird feed or bird products and the average amount we each spend is $1,000 a year.
In today’s economy where the price of everything seems to be going up, I understand that while you would still like to feed your backyard birds, you’d also like to do it at as low a cost as possible. Below are some suggestions that will hopefully allow you to spend less and still enjoy your feathered friends!
1.Spend your money on good quality seed rather than on seed mixes with lots of fillers. Mixes with fillers will result in a lot of the mix ending up on the ground, uneaten and a waste of your money. Spending money on quality seed like sunflower seeds will ensure that most of it is eaten, with little tossed on the ground. Too save even more money, you can buy seeds that are still in the shell.
2.If you are limited in the amount of seed you can put out each day, put smaller amounts out at around the same time. The birds will get used to when the feeders are filled and may attract a more manageable number of birds.
3.Buying in bulk often saves time and money. You’ll often get a better price per pound and won’t have to purchase it as often.
4.Just like we look through the weekly flyers to find the best price on butter, check your flyers to see if any of your local stores has bird seed on sale. If the price is right, it might be best to stock up!