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Feed birds with bird feeders that are easily cleaned and large enough to hold plenty of bird seed. Use a variety of bird seed, and have a water source and brush pile nearby the feeder. Clean bird feeders about once a month with instructions from a professional wildlife biologist and naturalist in this free video on bird feeders.

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Hi, my name is Bo Brown, and I'm here to talk about backyard bird feeding. First thing you want to do is buy some feeders that are easily cleaned and large enough to hold plenty of seed for whatever type you're putting in there. Multiple feeders will work best and a good just general variety birdseed to put in them is the Black Oil Sunflower Seed. I would avoid the commercial mixes that have Millet and Milo because they will attract Starlings, Grackles and other undesirable birds like that. A good thing to have is a water source nearby for bathing, and brush piles and some sort of cover for, to get away from predator birds whenever they come in. The few things to mention are the care of your feeders. It's very good to wash them out periodically, on a monthly basis, with a, like a quarter of a cup of bleach and a gallon of water solution to avoid alpha toxin, which can be deadly to birds. A good thing to have also, is a pair of binoculars and some good bird guides, like the National Geographic is my favorite. Peterson field guides, Stokes and there's several to choose from, from that. It just makes it much more enjoyable, to know what you're looking at.

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