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Crushing peanuts

The RSPB says we shouldn't offer whole peanuts in an open feeder, because small birds may try to swallow them whole and choke.  So, how can I make peanuts available to birds that can't cling on to the recommended metal mesh feeders?  Does anyone supply good quality broken peanuts?  I'm currently buying whole peanuts and laboriously crushing them by hand, a few at a time in a pestle and mortar.  Is there any alternative?


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,448
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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,053
    Have you got a food processor?
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,850
    or a pestle and mortar?
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  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,287
    edited November 2018
    Most birds seem to take sunflower hearts here. Not sure of the nutritional or fat values compared to peanuts. I do use a feeder for peanuts in small amounts.  If I have been short of sunflower, put a couple of handfuls of peanuts in a strong bag and bashed with a rolling pin or mallet to break them up a bit.

    Our peanut feeder is metal holey one with a saucer on the base so most birds can get at them.  You can put a perch on most, even mesh ones if you get a thin garden twig or wood skewer like chop stick or kebab type, to push through the whole feeder? Or a more permanent perch of some kind?
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,448
    edited November 2018
    My birds round here have never taken to peanuts from a feeder but I make up my own ground mix with the granules and they seem to go that way!
    If I ever get round to making my own fat balls or bird pastry I add them to that as well.
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,134
    I put my peanuts in the food processor, just a couple of whizzes, cheaper than buying them ready chipped.
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,830
    I used to use a plastic bag and a rolling pin but I bought the granules that madpenguin recommended recently when they were on offer. GW magazine readers get 10% discount at Garden Bird too. Their peanut pricing has gone a bit random recently though. I don't know how fresh the granules stay compared to the whole nuts though so if you don't use much it might be better to smash them fresh when you need them.
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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    Thanks everyone.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,544
    edited November 2018
    I just put some whole ones in a bag and stand on them to crush them so the ground feeders get some peanuts too.   
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