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Old 12-26-2007, 05:27 PM   #1
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Feeding Wild Birds

Just wondering what you can feed wild birds with stuff from your kitchen that is good for them.I buy wild bird seed already.We have come to our yard Pinon Jays,Stellar Jays,Red Winged Blackbirds,Chickadees,Black Collared Eurasion Doves,Flickers some more Im sure.

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Old 12-26-2007, 05:45 PM   #2
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They like peanut butter, suet is good for them in the winter. Put out left over plain toast, crumbled up. Even stale bread. Nuts broken up small. Plain popped popcorn.
Smear a pinecone with peanut butter and roll in seeds and hang in a tree.
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:07 PM   #3
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Cool, I have bird suet with seeds and berries
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:09 PM   #4
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They like peanut butter, suet is good for them in the winter. Put out left over plain toast, crumbled up. Even stale bread. Nuts broken up small. Plain popped popcorn.
Smear a pinecone with peanut butter and roll in seeds and hang in a tree.
Can the popcorn be made with oil?I dont have a air popper.
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:01 PM   #5
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Just wondering what you can feed wild birds with stuff from your kitchen that is good for them.I buy wild bird seed already.We have come to our yard Pinon Jays,Stellar Jays,Red Winged Blackbirds,Chickadees,Black Collared Eurasion Doves,Flickers some more Im sure.
They love corn bread, just as most critters (including people) do.
They also like stale bread crumbs...set them out and let them harden up a bit first, then crunch them up. They don't have to be that small...the birds will peck at them.
They also like stale crackers or certain cereals, like corn flakes or wheat bran.
You can also toast fresh bread, spread it with peanut butter, and set it out whole. They will peck up that peanut butter, which is oily and rich, and a great source of nutrition for them.

Up here, in cold weather, we give them suet, which is made of beef fat with a little seed in it, to help keep them warm. My husband has even set bacon grease out for them when the weather was extreme.
You can make your own suet, but it's not worth it...just buy it. It comes in a little chunk, covered with plastic grid, ready to hang. It's not a good idea to leave chunks of beef fat or grease out, as it tends to attract varmints
(raccoons, stray dogs, coyotes, rats, bears) that you don't want around.

Squirrels like everything birds like, so good luck with them.

DON'T feed the birds rice...supposedly, it swells up in there stomaches and kills them.
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:06 PM   #6
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On the rare occasion that any cornbread is not eaten. They seem to enjoy it.
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:34 AM   #7
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popcorn popped in oil should be ok or you can pop it in a paper bag in your microwave w/o oil. My mom would put out pieces of suet from beef she cut the fat off of..lol..they ate it. Oh..they go nuts for raisens..I sometimes cut up a few and put out for them.
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we used to have some very fat ducks to feed at a local park and they would ignore bread offerings and always go for popcorn but I didn't know that other birds in the wild would, too......our winters are so mild here in Houston that the birds don't really have to forage but it's so much fun to watch them eat from the feeders
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:15 AM   #9
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I feed the meat-eating birds minced lamb/beef/pork and the seed eaters black sunflower seeds. I have fruit trees as well so the high and perished fruit is also available to them. Out of fruit season, I also put out seed bells.

There was a slightly heated debated on the radio on Christmas Day or Boxing Day here (can't remember which) on giving birds bread. They ended up phoning a vet who advised that it is not a good idea to give birds bread. Can't remember the reason he said.
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We dont have many squirrels here so they are not a problem.Thanks for all the great tips everyone.
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