Archive for February, 2018

Let’s Ask Sandy: Episode 4 – Suet or Seed

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Sandy Shull is back! In Episode 4  – Suet or Seed of the Let’s Ask Sandy series, she talks about suet. Are you feeding suet? Questions about your backyard birds or their care? Post them below and we’ll *Ask Sandy* for you!

Hi! I am Sandy with Birds and Beasleys. Today I want to talk to you about suet. Suet is a lard product that is used as a supplemental bird feeding, so you can feed seed or you can feed suet.

Suet tends to come in different directions of feeders, we have, this is pretty much a typical one, it has large holes, where a bird can cling on like a chickadee non-hatch or a woodpecker. We also have upside down suet feeders, this is designed for keeping some of the Clark’s nutcrackers up. So, a chickadee and a woodpecker can hang down below but a nutcracker and magpie have to be on top and reach down. So, suet is used a lot, especially in the winter. Also, when young birds are nesting and they have young babies, people will use it, it is a high fat, and the baby birds see it as an equivalent to a bug.

What we have is our favorite suet, suet made by one of my employees Susan, the birds love it. We can feedback all the time about how they love Susan’s suet, whereas it is hard to keep in. So we have in stock, a large variety that goes in a larger cage and a smaller one. Especially in this cold time of year, if you haven’t done suet, think about it. I also need to add, if you live in town and you don’t like the Magpies, don’t do suet. It does attract Magpies and Clark’s nutcrackers. But certainly, if you are at the edge of town and in the woods, think about Susan’s suet at Birds & Beasleys.

Spring Products at Birds & Beasleys

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Spring ProductsTemperatures are getting warmer in Montana! Spring is around the corner and Birds & Beasleys has a variety of spring products available for this season.

Wanting new artwork in your home to display the spring season? Check out the “Spring Awakening” for $80 here. This art piece is one of the many pieces Birds & Beasleys carries.

Birds & Beasleys carries a variety of pottery from local artists. The cream and green pottery collection would look great at your table for your upcoming Easter meal.

Stop by our store or check out our online store to see more spring products available. If you have any questions, give us a call at (406) 449-0904.

 

Let’s Ask Sandy: Episode 3 – It’s Bird Bath Time

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Arctic blasts are common in Montana! In Episode 3 of our “Let’s Ask Sandy” series, Birds & Beasleys owner, Sandy Shull, talks about how to care for your bird baths in the depths of winter, and which variety is her favorite.

Today, I want to talk to you about heated bird baths. Today is certainly the season for heated bird baths, so if you are thinking about doing something for the birds, this is the best thing right now.

All birds, whether they’re seed eaters, berry eaters, all need water. So, if you can provide water for your birds all year-round, you will have more birds in your yard than just with a traditional feeder. It is simple, these are bird feeders that we love, it is easy, we can see the open water, you take a brush, clean it out, get rid of the extra bird poop, I put a rock in the middle of mine in case the bird falls into the bird bath they have another place to stand and be safe. It also means they can stand here on the rock and look out so they feel safe. Then, it is simple, all you do is fill up the bath like this.

Now, the secret about this bath is that it is a heated bird bath, it is plugged in, it has a thermostat. So, it will turn on when it drops below 32 degrees and it will turn off when it gets warmer. A typical Montana day, cold at night, the bath stays open, morning comes around, the water is still available. Let’s say it’s 40 degrees, it turns off, so it is not using your electricity.

What’s also wonderful about these particular bird baths, which are my favorite, which are Allied Precision Baths, they come in two sizes, you can then unplug it in the summer and use it as a bath all year long. Sometimes I tell people, you know, bring your bath up closer to your house where your outlet is, where you can fill it up because you do not necessarily want to walk around in the snow with water, come summer, push it back out into the yard. So, if you want to do something for the birds right now, think heated bird bath, we have plenty to show you, but my favorite right now is the Allied Precision.

Let’s Ask Sandy: Episode 2 – To Feed Birds or Not to Feed Birds

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Episode 2 of our Let’s Ask Sandy Series. In this episode, Sandy tackles the ongoing question of whether or not to feed birds in the wintertime. If you have questions you’d like Birds & Beasleys owner, Sandy Shull, to answer, message us. We get the best questions directly from our followers and customers.

Hi! I’m Sandy, the owner of Birds & Beasleys. People ask us all the time when is the best time to feed birds, we, of course, are going to tell you to feed them all year long. But there are different schools of thought.

There are those that say, don’t feed at all, it’s up to nature. And we say, that’s true, nature does provide a lot, but we have encroached as humans on nature, so we like to help supply some extra feed. But you don’t need to, the birds will be okay if you don’t feed them.

Then, we have the folks that say I only feed in the spring because there are young birds, baby birds, and nesting birds, so that’s a good philosophy. The other side is I only in the winter because the birds need it and it’s cold outside. That’s when I do suet and sunflower seed.

So, again, feed how you want to. Don’t let them take advantage of you. Do it so you can enjoy them, put it out where you can see it. If you only have a budget of X amount a month, use that, ration it out. The birds will not starve if you do not feed them. They are not stupid, they will move on to another feeder and when you put your feeder back out, they’ll be there.

I would say, if you don’t want to put out food, put out water. That’s the next best thing you could do, all birds need water. Put out something for the birds, put a little sanctuary, call us if you have any questions.

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