Tag Archives: Bird Food

DO CAGED GROUND FEEDERS FOR GARDEN BIRDS WORK?

Hi Trisha, 

does anyone recommend the use of an adjustable caged ground table feeder to keep predators and the like out?

I just wondered if the birds inside would panic and not fly out easily if threatened by a hawk etc. I am thinking of purchasing one thats adjustable to let thrushes etc in but not bigger birds such as the pigeons but don’t know anyone who has or is using one at the moment. Any help will be much appreciated.

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Hi,  I find ground caged bird feeders really useful.  I’ve had one for years. 

In winter I put a ‘cover’ over the cage and that keeps the snow and rain off the food inside.  My garden birds have their own little igloo!

My problem is that blackbirds cannot get into bird feeders.  I like blackbirds and have a few in the garden hopping about.  To solve that problem I’ve put some canes in a small circle and then put wire round the outside of the canes.  I put bird food inside this cane circle.  The canes get narrow at the top and this means that all types of birds, including blackbirds, can fly in and get the food from the top.  Pigeons cannot get through the wire and they don’t have the sense to figure out a way to get in from the top.  Blackbird problem solved!

I now have my camera back in action – so photos to follow

Cheers for getting in touch

Has anyone else got any tips and advice?

Trisha

BIRDS WILL SURVIVE THE WINTER IF WE PUT BIRD FOOD OUT

Please click on this link and and see some ways we can help British Birds this winter

BIRDS CAN SURVIVE THE WINTER IF WE PUT FOOD OUT  –  

If we put bird food then birds don’t have to spend hours using their engery scratting for food.  They will have more engery which will help them to survive the freezing nights

DO NOT USE VEGETABLE OIL WHEN FEEDING BIRDS -THEY NEED FAT SUCH AS LARD

Hi Trisha,
a new member here. Can I put Trex into my bird cake as
I’ m a non meat eater and don’t usually have lard, although I will make an exception for the birds

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Hi,

It’s great that you are feeding birds and care enough to ask this question. It must be difficult for you to think about using lard.

Birds do need fat. They do not need vegetable oil.

Lard or dripping is good.

Amazing Fact –

A BLUE TIT SPENDS 85% OF ITS DAY LOOKING FOR FOOD

So if we put bird food out (with lard if possible) we can help birds and help them save their energy and use it to see them through the freezing winter nights

Lard is good for birds in winter. I often melt some lard. When it is melted I pour it over bird food and mix it together. This does not make a fatball – it just gives birds fat coated bird food.

My daughter is vegetarian and I understand the reasons for being vegetarian.

I am a meat eater and think that as long as an animal is looked after properly then it is OK to eat meat and use lard or dripping. There are so many hilly / upland parts of Britain that cannot grow any crops, so grazing animals is a good way to feed the Nation.

Vegetable oil is not any good

Let me know how you get on.

Trisha

PEANUT GRANULES FOR BIRDS

Peanut Granules are brilliant bird food  they are power packed with proteins and oil which makes them a nourising nibble for our garden birds.

  Peanut granules  give birds  energy for the day and night ahead.  This is important at any time of the year,  but more so when it is winter  because in winter birds need high protein to survive the dark, cold nights.  So peanut granules are a good all round bird food

Peanut Granules - Energy Food for Birds

Peanut Granules – Energy Food for Birds

PEANUT GRANULES ARE

  • Bite sized pieces of peanut heart
  • Easier for bird to eat and digest than whole peanuts
  • Packed with protein and oils
  • Appeal to all garden birds not just birds that can feed from peanut feeders.
  • Can be fed from bird tables, the ground, ground feeders and also tube feeders – which is why peanut granules attract more garden birds.
  • An energy food that helps birds survive the winter nights

PEANUT GRANULES WILL PROVIDE AN ALL YEAR ROUND (ESPECIALLY  WINTER)  BANQUET FOR –

  • Robins
  • Dunnocks,
  • Chaffinches
  • Blackbirds
  • Blue Tits
  • Coal Tits
  • Great Tits
  • Greenfinches
  • Sparrows

 

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CLICK ON THIS LINE FOR PEANUT GRANULES FROM HAITH’S

Haith's - Trusted Bird Food Since 1937

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Oyster shell Grit

Oyster shell grit is full of calcium and all birds need calcium.

Take the Blue Tit for example.  There is about 0.6 grammes of calcium in a Blue Tits skeleton.

The amazing fact is that a Blue Tit needs about 0.5 grammes of calcium to lay a normal clutch of eggs so oyster shell grit is a useful bird food.

Blue Tit near my garden

A photo I took of a Blue Tit near my garden

We can help all  these  busy garden birds by putting out birdfood with oystershell grit in because it has calcium in it or using oyster shell grit on its own.

The first 30 days of a young birds life are important.  If they survive the first 30 days they have a good chance of surviving.

We can’t do anything about predators or the weather.  What we can do it provide bird food that helps the parent bird and makes the parent bird fit and strong  so she can  rear a healthy clutch of fledglings.

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Have a good day!

P.S. Here is some more information about oystershell grit

Kitchen scraps for our garden birds

I often put kitchen scraps out for birds.  In these days of recycling it seems a good thing to do.

Bacon Rind for Birds

  • Should be cut into small pieces
  • Popular with nearly all birds
  • Can also attract magpies, gulls and other larger birds

Fruit for Birds

  • Cut and sliced apples can be put out any time of the year
  • Apples, pears and grapes are all popular fruit

Cooked Rice for Birds

  • Avoid putting out hightly flavoured rice
  • Rics is a favourite of house sparrows and starlings

Cooked Potato for Birds

  • Potatoes are high in protein
  • If putting out jacket potatoes many birds will peck at the soft potato and leave the hard skin
  • Cooked potatoe is popular with many birds

Dry cheese for birds

  • Protein rich food for birds
  • Can be a life saver for some birds in bad weather
  • At the moment it seems to be one of the favourite foods on my bird table
  • I always put out grated cheese

Cake for Birds

  • Cake is a good filler food and I put out a lot of crumbs and stale cake.

Bread for Birds

  • Best to soak bread in water first
  • Is a good filler food

Carrots for birds

Last year and this year I have put out grated, raw carrot on the bird table.  It has always been eaten, but I don’t know which birds have eaten it.

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These are some of the kitchen scraps that birds will eat.

Have you anyspecial scraps you put out for birds?

 

 

  • Popular with nearly all birds
  • Can attract larger birds such as magpies, gulls

Haiths Bird Food and other Wild Bird Products

 If you buy through this link that takes you to Haith’s Shop  you will know you are helping British Birds. 

  This is because  if I make any commission I will  put it towards bird tables, bird boxes, bird food etc for my garden.  There is always something that needs doing in my garden – bird wise. 

 Haith's - Trusted Bird Food Since 1937

 Also, why not click this below link and take a look at an easy to assemble bird table which you can buy direct from Haith’s

 EASY TO ASSEMBLE BIRD TABLE

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This is a photograph I took last year.  Thought you may like to see it.

Blue tits often feed at my feeders

Blue tits often feed at my feeders

I often get blue tits, robins, great tits (plus others)  inside the meshed feeder.  It’s amusing to watch them.  I never seem to get a photo, but it’s good to see the bird food I put out  being frantically eaten by our British Birds!  Bye for now

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Oystershell grit

Birds that have survived the winter  now need energy to bring up their young.

Everywhere birds are nesting! Even rooks ( who are a nuisance in my garden) .  I see them swoop down, pick up a big stick off the ground and fly off again in one smooth movement.

Oystershell grit provides calcium for birds.

Oystershell Grit

The days are getting longer and warmer, but for the birds the breeding season is a stressful time.  It makes a lot of demands on the parent birds.

Putting any sort of bird food out helps but it is a fact that at this time of year calcium provided by oystershell grit is important for birds because –

  • All parent nesting birds need calcium to produce eggs. 

  • New born and young chicks  need calcium for  their  bone development and to give them a good start as fledglings.  

  • Calcium gives parents and chicks a good start to the breeding season. 

We take the fact that birds lay eggs for granted, yet the female bird uses a lot of energy whenshe is forming eggs and laying eggs.  

The number of clutches  of eggs and  number of eggs she lays  depends on what food is available.  With some birds if there is not enough food a nesting season may be lost. 

Garden Bird Supplies sell oystershell grit  .  This is a good source of calcium for fledgling birds.   Garden bird supplies realise bone and feather growth is dependent on calcium which oystershel grit supplies

 CLICK HERE TO BUY OR FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OYSTERSHELL GRIT.