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How much bird food do burds eat a day?



  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    I make my own it's cheaperimage
  • ecokidecokid Posts: 138

    I only get through a feeder a day or so, but I live in a town setting and have only started feeding the birds this year. I have 3 feeders dotted about the garden. However, I've seen a massive increase in bird visitors as a result (mainly sparrows and tits, but I have two male blackbirds and a robin visiting), but i've also had an increase of cats so I'm wary about attracting more birds. I'm so impressed by people on this forum - you  guys spend a small fortune on bird feed at this time of the year! image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,708

    did someone mention cats?image

  • My cats love watching the birds. I think they've managed to catch a few fledglings and a couple of sickly adults over the years but that is about it. I keep the mogs locked indoors when it is peak fledgling time, and keep them in again over winter. f



  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    The goldfinch pic is gorgeous Frankieimage.  The birds aren't too hungry here .... yet, so I don't need to top up every feeder every day.  I feed them peanuts, Niger seed, homemade fatcylinders and husked seed and anything else I think they'd like.  I found some dried up raisins before Christmas, soaked them overnight and made a cake.  A huge chunk of cake lasts under an hourimage.  I think they send scout outimage.

    Enjoy your birdsimage

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,708

    I love goldfinches. In my garden they always head for the seedheads of verbena bonariensis.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,221

    Yet to see a goldfinch here - they were thin on the ground when I lived round the corner too. Plenty of 'em in the NT garden nearby - no need for them to look further afield for food I expect. Not been much activity in the garden today - too mild for them to need extra rations.

    Lovely pic Frankie. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    Ooh Fairy - I read on another thread a while ago that nuthatches are rare up here.  I saw one, ages ago on one of the feeders, probably September, but didn't realise It was worth mentioningimage.  Cameras are never handy when you need themimage.

  • Thanks Lesley - the quality isn't good as it is through double glazed window, and I took it in the dull sunshine today. I usually do 2 top ups a day. It took me years to realise that about a fifth of the birds visiting in winter were actually siskins. I get a pair of bullfinches too. I used to faff about with nyger seed, peanuts and suet balls but then discovered they all like sunflower hearts, so now that is all they get. 

  • Depends on the season dude!!!

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