Bring cheerful chickadees to your backyard with these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Chickadees are a fan favorite among backyard birders. The petite, cheerful birds are especially welcome in the dreary days of winter. With a few tips and some basic bird supplies, you can attract chickadees to your yard all year round. Your Blain’s Farm & Fleet animal experts are here to help.
Chickadees are busy little birds, so they’ll need plenty of food to give them energy. Like many birds, they prefer black oil sunflower seeds. However, they’ll happily eat peanuts, regular striped sunflowers and suet. There’s also specialty bird seed, blended for chickadees and other wild birds.
Clean, fresh water is essential for attracting a chickadee. They don’t migrate south, even in the deepest cold of winter. A shallow bird bath is a great way for the birds to bath and drink all winter long. You may want a heated bird bath or a bird bath de-icer to keep the water from freezing over. You can also put out small dishes of water. Remember, they’re small birds so their water source should be shallow.
Shelter and Nesting Areas
Chickadees like cavities for nesting, so a bird house with a nesting cavity is a perfect place for the small birds. The nesting box should be 8-10 inches tall with a 4 inch square bottom and a 1-1/8 inch entrance hole. Hang the nesting box on a tree trunk. You can even smear peanut butter or soft suet on the tree trunk to bring the birds right to the bird house. To encourage nesting, leave wood shavings or sawdust on the floor of the nesting box. As far as natural shelter, chickadees are drawn to thick cover. Coniferous and deciduous trees are both natural shelter options for chickadees.
Backyard birdwatching is a great hobby that everyone can enjoy. To learn more about bringing wild birds to your backyards, visit our Wild Bird Care blog.