Feeding the Birds

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Feeding the Birds
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Wed, 09-18-2013 - 4:00pm

I've noticed that over the past couple of weeks my bird feeder does not empty out in a day...maybe the squirrels are looking more for nuts to store away so they're leaving the bird feeder to the "birds"....LOL....

I feed the birds all year long, and put a heater in the birdbath to keep the water from icing up.

Do you feed the birds all year long?

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-11-2012
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 11:15am

I am just now getting into bird feeding and have only put up something for the hummingbirds (astonishing results). I would love to do a year round feeder but not really sure what I am doing.

Any ideas on where to begin?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Thu, 09-19-2013 - 1:01pm

We do, but only sporadically in summer. WE keep the feeders full all winter though, and like you, we have a heated bird bath as well...

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Fri, 09-20-2013 - 10:44am

For real hardcore "birders" there are all kinds of feed which attract specific birds.  Honestly, I buy inexpensive bird food at Walmart and have a small feeder on a shepherd's hook.

When I lived in NJ I had a huge gazebo-style wooden bird feeder on a post with a planter underneath.  But I still bought inexpensive feed because the squirrels ate most of it, even though I also had a corn cob squirrel feeder.

If you have an outdoor store locally, like Wild Birds Unlimited, you can get a lot of great advice from the people there.  I sometimes go there to get special seed "cakes"...they're pricey but I don't do it often.

Good luck...and let us know what you decide to do....

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Fri, 09-20-2013 - 5:07pm

Look for sales --- our county park district has a fall sale of bulbs and bird seed --- in BIG bags that last all winter.

Sunflower seeds are the squirrels' favorites but theya re also what cardinals and other larger birds love. Millet, not so much but the smaller gournd feeders will eat it after the larger birds shove it out of the feeder to get to the sunflower seeds! LOL We buy thistle seed for goldfinches --- there are special feeders just for thistle seed - smaller holes, set so the perches are above the holes because goldfinches like to eat upside down. We often put out suet blocks in winter too --- the woodpeckers and nuthatches love it but so do the racoons.... And we also have a corn cob feeder for squirrels, who totally ignore it!

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Sat, 09-21-2013 - 12:10pm

Actually, in NJ the squirrels used to eat the corn from the squirrel feeder, take the cob....and still eat the birdseed....LOL....

I also put out suet but hang it outside my yard's fence; years ago my lab ^Valentine^ became really ill from licking suet that had melted on the grass.  I definitely know that Cleo would do the same thing if given the chance.

Sometimes I watch the squirrels at my bird feeder; many times one will get on the feeder and throw the seed on the ground so that he and his "cohorts" can get at it more easily....LOL....

Laura