Cole’s Wild Bird Food: What’s HOT & What’s NOT?


Turn up the heat with Cole’s hot and spicy line of wild bird feeds, suets and the famous Flaming Squirrel Seed Sauce. Nutritious sunflower meats infused with fiery hot habanero chilies, Hot Meats are a great no-waste, no-mess feed. Why do birds love the spicy flavor? Well, the chili pepper plant evolved over time to be attractive to birds that make it a meal. When a bird eats a chili, the seeds remain intact and pass through the bird’s droppings where they are spread over a wide area to grow and multiply. So chili peppers may taste hot to mammals, like people and squirrels, but birds do not feel the heat at all – all they taste is “Mmm Mmm Good!”
You may see different animal visitors trying the hot feed over the first few weeks, but what you shouldn’t see is any one animal emptying out the feeding in one sitting. You may see them sneeze, wipe their noses or run to your birdbath for a drink of water – all perfectly harmless to the animal. What you will see is a significant increase in bird visits and maybe even a few species you have never seen before at your feeder. Bluebirds and cardinals are especially fond of the hot Cajun flavor. With Cole’s Hot Meats you’ll get more bird visits than ever before!
It’s fiction that feeding wild birds will make them too lazy to find food on their own. Despite years of research, they can find no evidence of any harm from feeding wild birds and studies show birds use feeders for only about 25% of their diet. According to the Humane Society of the United States, experts still disagree about whether feeding backyard birds will increase bird populations overall; however, they say feeding birds can certainly help the birds in your neighborhood. In fact, the Humane Society encourages people to feed wild birds, especially in the winter.
Birds are most likely to eat where they feel safe from predators, including free roaming cats. Place feeders twelve feet from a brush pile, evergreen tree, or bush. Birds can quickly fly twelve feet to reach the safe cover, yet predators cannot use it to hide within striking range of the feeder. As further protection, place chicken wire or thorny branches around ground-level feeders.
Bird Feeding Chart (click on image to enlarge)

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