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‘Rice Kills Birds’ and Other Bird Feeding Myths Debunked

Dove eatingBird feeding is a hobby capable of attracting a diverse flock of birds to your backyard. The sight of colourful canaries flocking over the flowers is a sight worth the time and effort. Unfortunately, a number of bird feeding myths discourage novices from giving the hobby a try.

Do not let myths stop you from feeding your feathered friends. By understanding the facts, you enjoy the most of this worthwhile hobby.

Can Rice Kill Birds?

One of the most persistent lies haunting UK bird feeders is the myth of uncooked rice killing birds. In other versions, rice can apparently make birds explode. On the contrary, a number of birds eat different grains, which also include rice.

There are no reports of birds suffering from ill effects or exploding because of it. In fact, rice is a nutritious addition to the bird’s diets. You can also add leftover rice to the feeders, just do so in moderation.

Feeding the Birds Stops their Migration

For some amateur bird feeders, as long as there is available food, the birds will not leave their gardens. They believe that continuous feeding may interfere with the bird’s scheduled migration.

Some bird species, such as Bohemian Waxwings, are nomads in terms of food sources. Most birds, on the other hand, migrate due to weather conditions and their genetic instincts. Instead of preventing birds from migration, feeding them supplies them with the energy they need for the journey.

Is Red Dye a Necessity for Hummingbird Nectar?

The colour red easily attracts hummingbirds, which explains the abundance of red on most feeders. Years ago, researchers believed that red dye was toxic to both humans and animals. Feeders then assumed that using red dye can kill their feathered friends.

Today, red dyes are safe for consumption, even for birds. While hummingbirds do not need the red dye to find the feeders, digesting it will not hurt them at all.

Mixed Seed is not a Good Option

On the contrary, offering birdseed blend is a sure way to attract more birds to the yard. There are numerous types to choose from: sunflower seeds, cracked corn, fruit bits and millet. Select a formulated type for the birds you wish to attract.

Maximise the most of this joyous hobby by separating the truth from the facts. This helps you enjoy nature’s precious gifts of birds flocking in your garden.