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Jeannette  (Level: 114.5 - Posts: 1735)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 5:01 AM


please dont forget our feathered friends in this adverse weather you can use left over christmas cake and food stuff such as that try mix some fat in it as it helps them to keep warm any seeds sultanas raisins mix them all up x

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 5:45 AM

my poor birds get nothing but seed

Irishpainter  (Level: 164.7 - Posts: 224)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 5:45 AM

Just soffening some nuts in hot water to put out on the bird table when I noticed your thread Jeannette. i think last night was the coldest we have had yet. -12c. brrr..... Better keep the cat in for a while, little minx is begining to chase the little birds

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 6:39 AM

Did you have a good crop of pine cones and acorns where you are? In the east our mast was so heavy the squirrels couldn't chose! Our winter birds aren't coming to any but the fanciest feeders I'm told.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 6:49 AM

wow, maybe that's why I have less than usual!

Jeannette  (Level: 114.5 - Posts: 1735)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 7:18 AM

i havnt got as meny either only seen the robin twice but the foods going proberly black the bigger ones getting there first

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 7:56 AM

I have been feeding regularly for about 35 years and always include the squirrels along with the birds. I put about 2 cups of raw shelled peanuts and 4 cups of stripe sunflower in a squirrel feeder that has an opening on both ends plus 2 ears of corn mounted on home made nail platforms every morning. This helps keep them away from the bird feeder. We have counted up to 13 squirrels running around the back yard and have even given names to a few. My big bird feeder is mounted on 4" PVC pipe that the squirrels can't climb. Once in a great while a real athletic squirrel can make the jump from the fence gate to the feeder but by this time of year they are so fat that they just bounce off the post and wind up eating the ground seed with the doves. My feeder is the type that will close a bar over the feeder tray if anything heavier than birds sit on it. So far this year I have fed over 350# of seed plus 100# of sunflower, 40@+ of peanuts. I also put out Ritz crackers spread with P-butter occasionally.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 7:59 AM

I think I need to be nicer to my birds!

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 8:14 AM

I take the French bread that is wrapped in plastic wrap,and put q string through the top of the wrap,and tear a hole in the middle and hang it on a tree they go crazy over it

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 9:01 AM

I have to agree strongly, feed the birds! We have two feeders and generally have some food out most of the time, but with all this snow for so many days in a row, I have noticed the birds repeatedly coming back to the empty feeder when we ran out of birdseed..... a behaviour I have never witnessed before.... usually if its empty, they don't come back, but they seem desperate this winter!

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6770)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 9:14 AM

Let me put the alternative point of view.
Pigeons are flying dung-spreading rats, spreading disease, and should be discouraged by all legal and illegal means.
Tom Lehrer got it exaqctly right, when he sang about poisoning pigeons in the park.
People who feed birds in the big cities -- as opposed to gardens in non-urban areas -- should be prosecuted.

Kimoira  (Level: 212.9 - Posts: 1195)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 9:52 AM

I started hanging corn logs with the suet and seed feeders hoping the squirrels and chippies would leave the seed and suet alone. Boy was I wrong. In addition to gobbling the corn logs, they have a little smorg going with the seed and suet as well. My new strategy is only hanging Hot Pepper suet from now until Spring. The furries won't touch it and maybe the birds can eat in peace for a change.

M48ortal  (Level: 261.7 - Posts: 3827)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 10:20 AM

I put out the last of our bird seed yesterday. Pretty soon we'll be using table scraps if we have them. Our local roads are so slick that even four-wheel drives are sliding off the road.

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 10:39 AM

I think this may be your link, Mike! Couldn't get the other one to work!


M48ortal  (Level: 261.7 - Posts: 3827)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 11:01 AM

We'll try this one:

Both work from my screen, but the one Marilyn posted show the whole gallery, which I probably need to update.

Christiansinger  (Level: 93.7 - Posts: 61)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 12:23 PM

We keep a large feeder full of sunflower seeds year round here in Florida. The cardinals love it - there is a tree near the feeder and they have a whole path of branches they jump to on the way to the actual feeder. If a bird tries to get into the feeder without waiting his/her turn, the others get very upset. It is very interesting to watch. We also have humming bird feeders a little later in the year.


1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 12:32 PM

I make sure my feeders are full every morning and also I put out cracked corn and the squirrels and a lot of the birds love that.

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sun, 10th Jan '10 2:05 AM

We put canned corn out for the birds and couldn't believe how many birds were in such a small area for the corn. I told Tony he was crazy to think CANNED corn would attract birds. Now we use 6 cans per day..2 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also put a jar of peanut butter out for the squarls and chipmunks along with the shelled peanuts, every day. Our critters come right up to the door until Tony opens it. I'm scared to open the door when they are hungry. Ha ha ha

Aristotle  (Level: 72.7 - Posts: 191)
Sun, 10th Jan '10 7:15 AM

I'm so glad there are so many kind-hearted souls out there! I saw this report this morning and it made me panic a bit:

M48ortal  (Level: 261.7 - Posts: 3827)
Wed, 13th Jan '10 1:05 PM

We can survive when the electricity is off, when the pantry is low, and even when we run out of coffee filters (we just rinse, dry, and re-use). But when we run out of bird feed, my wife makes a list and pushes me out the door.

Does anyone have a source that is cheaper (cheeper?) than WalMart? I got a 50# bag of sunflower seed, but at $25 a bag, it's a strain on the budget. Especially since by the time I've filled all the feeders, the bag is almost half gone. We also had raccoon and deer tracks in the snow this morning.

The temp is supposed to reach 40F today, so maybe I can get back to work tomorrow.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 13th Jan '10 4:03 PM

Go to a farm supply mill store that has a retail outlet. I pay $15 per 50# bag of good mix. That same bag costs $23 at regular retail. I also get one free bag for every 9 that I buy and my next trip will get me the free bag. If you live in a small town or rural area you should be able to find a mill supply or grain elevator with the above mentioned retail store. They are also a good source for pet food. Some of the seed that is sold in the regular stores is full of filler junk that they just kick off the feeder.

Summertime  (Level: 115.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 13th Jan '10 4:51 PM

Did you know if you microwave fresh seed before filling your feeders, the seeds which fall to the ground will not germinate? The ground feeders do a fairly good job with the seed kicked out of the feeder by persnickety birds, but if copious amounts of sprouts are not wanted...zap 'em!

Place seed on a microwave safe plate, spread out to one layer, zap for 30 seconds on medium low...this works!

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