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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,220

    The little suet pellets sometimes block the holes on standard feeders. I use them loose on the ground, mixed with the other food I use,  rather than in feeders. 

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

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BLTBLT Posts: 525

    I think I will go back to the seed type// I have to use enclosed feeder cos ofsquirrelsswiping the food and scaring the birds off.. Thanks glad I'm not the only one to have problems with those suet pellets..

  • MarygoldMarygold Posts: 331

    Keep trying BLT and you will eventually find the best food and method of feeding. I also put a mix of seeds, suet pellets, mealworms and chopped peanuts in a ground feeder but only a little at a time so that it's not left hanging around too long. Magpies are my pests!

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,808

    Hello everyone, Could anyone tell me please if it's okay to put brown linseeds out for the birds - a friend has given me a bag as she doesn't eat it anymore.


    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,537

    Very pretty if the birds don't eat them all



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  • BLTBLT Posts: 525

    Thanks Marygold..


    Re the Linseed, I used to add this to chicken feed  as it helps regrow feathers after a moujt.. But do garden birds moult??

  • I'm very fortunate that living in a semi rural location we get a good variety of birds here.  I have the pleasure of watching our bird feeder from my office window (I work from home)  Right now I have put out peanuts, fat balls, a berry fat block and a generic seed mix i bought from the garden centre which has mealworms in it.  The feeding station is very busy this morning - we have robins, dunnocks, pigeons, blue and great tits and a flock of longtails (who like the berry fat block!)  We also see woodpeckers, crows a jay and pheasants.  I've also noticed the very occasional sparrow hawk and I see buzzards over the adjoining field.  So far I've yet to put out a variety of food that doesn't get eaten!

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I like those bird feeders that stick to the upstairs windows. Not only are the birds safe from predators on the ground but also my cats get hours of amusement watching them and are never bored while I am at work.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737
    BLT wrote (see)

    Thanks Marygold..


    Re the Linseed, I used to add this to chicken feed  as it helps regrow feathers after a moujt.. But do garden birds moult??

    Yes, they moult just as other birds do.  If they didn't their feathers would deteriorate and they would suffer from cold and wet and they would become ill and die. 

    Interesting info here


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