Originally Posted by jpmcgrew
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.