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.
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
I sometimes recycle my kitchen scraps and put them out as birdfood instead of throwing them in the bin
- Stale cake,
- Bacon rind (chopped up small)
- Appple cores
- Ham fat
I’ve been baking and have a bit of pastry left over so I’ll add that to the list
I know there are a lot more scraps that can be fed to birds, but just can’t think at the moment. Will add more later – please let me know what scraps you put out.
Thought I would start a list of kitchen scraps that can be put out to feed the birds.
Here’s a basic list of food I sometimes put out for the birds.
Blackbirds, song thrushes, robins and dunnocks like cheese.
If you have the time grate some cheese, put it under a hedge or shrub – that will attract wrens.
I’m putting out grated cheese at the moment and am getting loads of blackbirds and thrushes
A lot of birds like fruit. I’ve videod a bird trying to eat an apple – it was amusing.
Birds like fresh apples and pears. Starlings, tits and thrushes seem to enjoy rotten or bruised apples and pears.
Bird cake, fat balls: These are very good in winter especially. It’s very convenient to buy them but they are easy to make as well.
- Melt some lard.
- Add oatmeal, cheese, seeds, nuts, dried fruit and even cheese.
- It needs to be one third fat and two thirds needs to be the mixture.
- Put it in a container to set.
A bird-meal in minutes (well not quite).
I was told that it’s best to soak bread in water before putting it on the bird table. I have also been told that it is not a very nutritional feed. But I find it gets eaten.
I’m trying to find more home made feed for the birds. Someone told me they put out grated carrots. I did that a while ago and it got eaten for a while, then the grated carrots got left so I stopped.
Please let me know what scraps you put out for the birds. I can add it to the list. Cheers.