How to Help Birds in the Winter: Advice from Wing & A Prayer

Contrary to what some people think, birds need our help in the winter when it is cold and the snow stays on the ground for weeks. You may ask how do they eat or how can we help; below is a guide to assist you in answering these questions.  Information is provided by Tom Schultz, owner of Wing & A Prayer, inside the Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market.  Check out his shop (#81) for a large selection of bird food, houses, and other accessories for your winged friends.

1. Providing Food

  • Check your bird food mix to see if it contains grit, which is necessary for digestion.  If the birds do not get any grit they can starve, or even freeze to death.  Food provides necessary warmth for them during the winter.


2. Water

  • Make sure there is an ample water supply at all times.


3.  Egg Shells

  • Egg shells are very important before nesting time.  Save your egg shells and crush them to add to your bird food. (Especially in the months of January-April.) Doing this will provide calcium to help make harder shells on their own eggs.


4. Birdhouses and Roosting Pockets

  • Make sure to provide plenty of birdhouses and roosting pockets for the birds.  These provide extra protection from the winter elements.  When purchasing a bird house try to stay away from houses that are all metal.  If the house has a metal roof only, make sure it has space for ventilation at the top and the bottom.  Entrance holes need to be appropriate sizes for the birds you wish to attract.  ALL holes should be at least 2 1/2 inches from the bottom of the house.  Stay away from houses that are glued together.


5. Bird Feeders

  • We do not recommend wooden feeders.  A few years ago there was an epidemic that was linked to wooden feeders, and thousands of birds died due to the virus.  All feeders must be kept clean as food can get wet and stuck in the feeders which causes harmful mold to form.




The HartvHartville Chocolate Factory Treatsille Chocolate Factory was founded and opened to the Hartville community by Bob Barton in 1986.  The factory was originally started to specialize in making plastic chocolate molds, but soon expanded into a chocolate shop as well.  As of today, the Hartville Chocolate Factory consists of a chocolate-making facility, a custom mold division, a manufacturing plant for chocolate machinery and has expanded into two retail shops within the Hartville area.  Recently, ownership of the Hartville Chocolate Factory was transferred from Bob Barton to Scott Huckestein who has developed “Cocoa Concepts,” where the company headquarters resides.  This new facility features a museum with chocolate tastings and tours, and provides a location for private celebrations, themed events and after-hours corporate gatherings.

The Hartville Chocolate Factory is unique on an international level because they are involved in so many different areas of the chocolate industry.  Besides producing and selling delicious chocolates, we work with large corporations and with small “mom and pop shops.”  We are not worried about our competition, as we are usually
working alongside them to help them succeed!  We reach out to other companies, even those located right down the road, and provide them with molds, machinery, private labeling and any other resources they may need.  We will even sit down with them and help to customize a store floor plan together.  We enjoy helping smaller companies thrive, it’s what we do best and it is what makes our company unique!

On a local level, the Hartville Chocolate Factory is set apart because of our commitment to offer quality products at an affordable price.  When making any of our treats, we use only the best all-natural products.  Our ingredients include: real milk chocolate, dark chocolate, butter, whipping cream, peanut butter, salted nuts, coffee beans and fresh strawberries.  All of our products are made with no artificial flavors or preservatives. Hartville Chocolate Factory Candies Our peanut clusters are made by hand.  Our amazing fudge and vanilla caramels are cooked up in a large copper kettle right over an open flame.  Even our fresh buckeyes and chocolate-dipped strawberries are individually dipped, by hand.  All of our wonderful chocolates are made with love, the old-fashioned way and still our prices are lower than those found in most quality chocolate stores.

The Hartville MarketPlace location of the Hartville Chocolate Factory offers many benefits for every customer we serve.  With ample parking and handicap accessibility, it makes shopping easy for everyone.  In addition to our sweet treats, we also offer jellies and jams, plush animals and a variety of appetizer and dessert mixes.  The chocolates and candies here are packaged fresh and ready to go for those who are excited to check out the amazing variety of shops at the MarketPlace.  Only footsteps away from our store, shoppers can find fresh deli meats and cheeses, produce, dry goods, jewelry, handbags, home decor, books and more.

We invite you to stop in during your next visit to the Hartville MarketPlace.  We always have plenty of samples and smiles for all of our customers, many of whom can remember visiting our store when they were just children.  We are an inHartville Chocolate Factory Shopternational company with small-town values.  Whether you are looking for fine chocolates, delicious candies, chocolate supplies, or just a little bit of nostalgia, we have what you are looking for at the Hartville Chocolate Factory.  On behalf of our twenty company employees and their families, we thank you for your kind support.


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