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Birds are noble creatures that make our lives happier and better through each song and sound they make. Most of them are majestic, displaying vivid colors and making us only wonder how is it to fly.

And while birds have survived (even better) without human interventions in the past, this doesn’t mean we can’t make their staying better and more welcoming, especially during the winter season.

Most birds are migratory, meaning they change territories as seasons come by, in order to not remain without food and water, and freeze to death. However, the birds that choose to stay during the winter do require proper care, so why not try to make their stay better?

So here are the best way to look after birds during the winter season.

Building bird houses

This is the best and easiest way to ensure birds get through the winter season safely.

However, before building birdhouses, you need to take some things into account like the types of materials you are going to use and the size of the houses. Metal and plastic should be avoided from the beginning as they don’t offer much protection against wind and excessive cold. I suggest sticking to regular wood to provide the best shelter against nasty weather conditions and offer a warm environment to sleep and rest.

The size of the house is also important, so choose it carefully depending on the bird species you wish to shelter. Before building, make a quick review of the bird breeds that live nearby in order to know how big the houses should be.

Also, the place where you will be positioning the house is of great importance, as not all birds are the same. For instance, wrens and robins are mainly land birds so they will appreciate houses up to 2 meters above the ground, preferably hidden in vegetation. Sparrows and starlings aim a little higher, so their houses should be around 3 meters above ground.

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What to feed?

The greatest concern during winter is that birds won’t find enough food to eat, and they will starve to death. To avoid this, make sure to refill sed holders and bird feeders regularly. If you’re not sure what type of food to feed, it is best to just seek a local pet shop and purchase qualitative and nutritious food for birds.

Peanuts are perfect for birds during the cold season because they contain plenty of vitamins and nutrients to keep birds satiated. Dried and fresh foods like apples and pears are easy to find year-round and will also represent the perfect snacks for birds during winter.

Other types of food that are worldwide accepted by birds are grains, beans, and even uncooked rice, without any added salt or flavors, as well as bread (again, without too much salt or preservatives).


 

Having a pet is a great responsibility but also a terrific idea to get rid of loneliness and actually have a purpose in life. If you’re a parent and want to teach your kid to have some responsibilities, you can buy them a pet, as long as you won’t mind still being the one who feeds it, walks it, and cleans after it.

Nevertheless, no matter the size and the breed of the animal you choose, they will always bring joy and laughter into a house. And, while dogs require plenty of walks outside and cats leave a lot of hair, you can start by adopting a smaller-sized animal, such as a hamster. So, here is everything you need to know about your furry fellows.

How many types of hamsters are there?

There are numerous subgroups and breeds of dwarf hamsters, but most of them derive from four large groups – the Siberian Hamster, the Russian Hamster, the Desert Hamster, and the Striped Hamster. The latter is the most common type you will usually find in pet stores.

Each of these hamster groups comes with its own characteristics, so it is important to know what to expect. For instance, the average lifespan of the Siberian and the Russian hamsters is approximately 1.5 years up to 2 years, while other hamster groups like the Striped one have a prolonged lifespan of approximately 3 years.

It is important to know what to expect, especially if you are planning on buying your kid a hamster. If your children get easily attached to animals, you should tell them from the beginning that their fellow companions won’t stick around forever.

 

How to look after a hamster

Each individual will require a permanent source of fresh water and food, as well as a comfortable environment to grow. Keep in mind that each hamster requires its own type of cage, crafted to fit their specific dimensions.

Thus, you will require special dwarf hamster cages for these individuals, complete with self-feeding and water systems. The cage should also come with a comfortable bedding. I recommend choosing cellulose instead of wood dust because the latter can still contain larger parts that can cut or harm your hamster.

 

What accessories should a hamster need?

Keep in mind that your dwarf hamster is a nocturnal creature, meaning it will mainly be active during the night. Thus, it should have a constant source of lighting and plenty of leisure activities to embrace.

A hamster wheel is the most common type of fun accessory that will keep your friend busy and in shape. Remember that hamsters have a tendency to overeat, so you must watch your pet’s diet and make sure he or she performs plenty physical activities to avoid overweight and obesity.