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Category Archives: Troubleshooting

The Most Effective Squirrel-Resistant Feeders

In our opinion, Squirrel Busters are the most effective squirrel-resistant feeders around. Along with their ability to foil squirrels, the Busters have a great design promoting air circulation to prevent seed spoilage and are easy to clean. They’re our best-selling feeders, so our customers must agree! Plus—The Squirrel Buster Weather Guard The UV-protected polycarbonate Weather […]

A Seed Mix to Discourage Starlings

Try Bye, Bye Starling If you’ve had problems with the European Starlings mobbing then emptying your feeders, we have a solution for you. Our Bye, Bye Starling seed mix has black oil sunflower, striped sunflower, golden safflower and white safflower all in the shell. Starlings have beaks that were designed to open softer-shelled seeds. Starlings prefer […]

Turn Your Starling Problem Upside-Down!

As the autumn migration ramps up, you may find that you have increased numbers of European Starlings passing through your backyard. Starlings’ greedy and aggressive behaviors can intimidate other feeder birds and drain your food sources. Here’s an easy tip for serving suet to your smaller clinging birds while discouraging starlings.

Squirrel-defeating Birdfeeding

As with real estate, it’s “location, location, location” when feeding birds but defeating squirrels. A pole system feeding station set up 12 feet from over-hanging limbs or deck railings with a baffle on the pole 5 feet off the ground provides for squirrel free bird feeding. If your yard does not allow such a set up, there are […]

Hang a Feeder and They Will Come?

A Novice Bird Feeder’s Journey to Successfully Attracting Birds by All Seasons Wild Bird Store (in Eagan) employee, SANDRA TOCKO If you are reading this, you are either currently feeding birds or aspire to do so. Hopefully you are not in the same position I was four years ago—throwing money into the bird feeding industry, […]

I found a baby bird! Now what?

We get this question quite a lot from our customers, and it’s no wonder — most of us are passionate about our backyard birds and want to help the best we can to make sure they’re healthy. To help you out, we’ve prepared this flow chart. Plus, check out the video from Slate Magazine on the […]

Summer Tips for Nectar Feeders

As summer temperatures heat up, your nectar feeders may need some additional care. Here are some tips! Clean nectar feeders about every 2-3 days during 90 degree summer heat waves. Even sooner, if the nectar looks cloudy. Hummingbirds are very sensitive to the quality of nectar and will reject feeders indefinitely if they determine your […]

Feed the Birds with Less Mess!

If you’re interested in keeping your lawn and garden free of sprouts and shell mess, there’s a birdseed for you. Kracker Jax is a mixture of sunflower hearts, peanut hearts, a touch of cracked corn and hulled millet. Because all the seed is hulled you will have no shells on the ground and absolutely no […]

Help! Woodpeckers are Pecking on My House!

By Wayzata Manager and Backyard Habitat Naturalist Melissa Block Woodpeckers love suet. They love peanuts. They may even love the side of your house. Peanuts and suet are great, but we’re guessing you’d prefer they leave your home alone. As with most animal behavior, it’s not random – they have their reasons. In the spring, […]