The key concern is, what would happen to the birds if you stopped feeding them, because there is a real reason to cease feeding them if pests grow rampant in your yard.
The birds won’t starve to death if you stop feeding them because they can easily find other sources of food. Even if you were slow to realize it, the birds in your yard would eventually disappear as they went elsewhere, either to your neighbor’s yard or back into the wild. However, during nesting season, you should never again offer birdseed.
If you stopped providing birds with food, they wouldn’t suddenly cease foraging on their own.
They could simply fly over the fence and help themselves to the bird seed at the feeders, or they might forage in the wild as nature intended.
However, common backyard birds are unlikely to be displaced because they have become reliant on bird feeders and there are likely plenty of other feeders in the area.
Since birds might take up to three days to die from starvation, it’s doubtful that they would give up and stop looking for food throughout the day.
It’s possible that birds won’t completely leave your yard if they can continue to find food there, such as in the grass, plants, or trees.
My best piece of advice is to wean yourself off feeding birds over time, but never during nesting season when the young need a steady supply of food in your yard from their mother.
Backyard birds won’t starve
If you suddenly cease providing bird seed in your backyard, don’t worry about the birds being hungry. Birds are perfectly capable of locating alternative sources of food if they become rare in one area.
You may decide to quit feeding birds for a variety of reasons, including that it’s too much trouble, too expensive, or that your feeding practices are attracting unwanted pests like raccoons or squirrels.
If you suddenly stop providing food for the birds in your backyard, they won’t go hungry since, like any other wildlife, they will find other sources of nourishment.
Common backyard birds would probably relocate to your neighbors’ feeders if this happened.
Since wild birds may go without food for as little as one to three days, it’s crucial that their natural eating habits aren’t disrupted by factors like a protracted summer drought or wet weather.
Do not eliminate their food supply while their water supply is already in jeopardy due to the summer heat.
Go elsewhere if stop feeding birds
Backyard birds have come a long way from the days when people would throw bread to them to the present day when an elaborate bird feeding station is usually installed.
In certain regions, particularly at certain times of the year, for instance, wild birds have come to rely on bird feeders and will therefore continue to visit residential areas in search of food.
If you stop providing food for the birds in your yard, whether you do it gradually or all at once, the birds will either move on to another yard or return to foraging in the wild.
Don’t fret too much about the birds going hungry if you stop providing food for them; there are likely other feeders in the area, either down your street’s row of homes or across the street.
In a situation where you’re already having trouble luring birds to your yard, it’s not a good idea to suddenly cease feeding them. It may be a major hassle if you try to keep the birds away only to change your mind and want them back.
Keeping this in mind, you should know that it might not be simple to entice birds back once you’ve successfully eradicated them.
Continue to arrive days later
It’s likely that the birds that regularly visit your backyard were brought there by their mothers as nestlings and have been coming ever since.
Therefore, it is possible that the same birds may return to your backyard annually (or more frequently) to be fed by whatever means you offer for at least two years.
The regular, daily visits of the birds can be attributed to the presence of a food source, which is why they keep coming back.
But if you quit feeding them out of habit alone, they won’t go gone easily.
That’s why it’s possible to have what seems like the same number of birds arrive to feed in your garden every morning, and then progressively depart over the course of the following days.
At this season, wild birds will return to forage in the woods or on your lawn if they can’t find enough to eat in surrounding yards.
This is especially the case if you’ve stopped providing food for the birds in your backyard but haven’t cleaned up the mess left on the ground where the feeders used to be.
Phase out feeding routine
Birds of the wild may become distressed if they often visit your feeders but find that they have mysteriously vanished.
Most wild birds are resilient and will quickly relocate if they need to.
However, this is not the case for many birds, especially juveniles, who may waste precious foraging time by returning to your yard on a daily basis.
Most of a bird’s day is spent hunting for food, so it’s best not to keep it waiting around.
For up to two weeks, you can gradually reduce the amount of food you leave out, the number of feeders, and so on.
Never cease providing food for birds during the spring and summer months. This is especially important because food supplies in nature may be compromised during this period, and because the young birds need a steady diet.
If you take away the food that the parents of the birds you feed use your feeders or your yard to gather, it can have a devastating effect on the birds and the young they care for.
Despite the fact that birds in backyards have adapted over many centuries to depend on human beings as a reliable food supply, this is more true now than it has ever been in the past.
There is no need to worry about the wild birds in your area going hungry if you occasionally empty your feeder.
Plus, they would just use the feeders of your neighbors or forage for food in the area’s foliage or trees, as is their natural tendency.
There’s no need to worry about your lawn dying of hunger if you stop feeding it. Even if you stop feeding them at the wrong moment, though, you may still cause other problems.
When it’s hot out or there hasn’t been much rain, it can be difficult for wild birds to find food on their own, so it’s important to keep feeding them in a consistent location all year long.
Stopping bird feeding during nesting season is the most crucial thing you can do to avoid problems. What would a mother do if she came to your yard to feed her young and found that the feeders were empty?
Keep feeding backyard birds until at least September, and especially during the hot spring and summer or the cold winter.