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Old 05-21-2019, 04:42 AM
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we have some bluebirds and Finches we feed,
Have been feeding them mealworms- kaytee brand-
a month ago both walmart and amazon at same time raised the prices from about $10, to $18 for a one pound bag- quite a per centage increase.
wonder why? seasonal- ?? do they come from China? Tariffs?
amazon has some other brands at 5 pounds fr $28- any favorites brands?
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Birds really don't care about brand they care about what your feeding them.
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Get suet for the bluebirds and black oil sunflower seeds for everything else. I couldn't imagine spending more for bird food than people food.

And yes, I do feed wild birds and am loaded with pretty much every bird from the area depending on the season.
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I have 3 feeders out, I put black oil sunflower seed, fruit blend w/seed and regular bird seed in them. I get cardinals, blue jays, orioles (separate feeder for them) hummingbirds, and finches every day.

I put out a bath last year, tons of fun watching them splash around in there.
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Black oil sunflower seeds are the best.I keep one squirrel proof feeder with the sunflower seeds and one with regular songbird mix.Also a suet feeder for the woodpeckers.
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I’m over/run with House Wrens this year. Every house full.

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Originally Posted by avenger79 View Post
I have 3 feeders out, I put black oil sunflower seed, fruit blend w/seed and regular bird seed in them. I get cardinals, blue jays, orioles (separate feeder for them) hummingbirds, and finches every day.

I put out a bath last year, tons of fun watching them splash around in there.
Same here, the only downside is the seed draws mice and those damn squirrels. Love to find a way to catch the seeds before they hit the ground. Have tried a few different ways, but none have worked. The birds just eat on the edge of the pie tin or funnel. I just gave up on the squirrels, they are way smarter than I am.
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I buy 50lbs of sunflower seeds from the local feed and seed store for $20. I mix in some song bird food. All kinds of birds from chickadees to wrens. Woodpeckers and bluebirds really like suet.
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Originally Posted by STEELA View Post
I’m over/run with House Wrens this year.
Those are the worst about building nests in the boat at my house
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I feed mostly Seed blends and find the best prices at Tractor Supply. At about 28 cents a pound. This is a blend including sunflower. I did put out thistle for the finches from time to time but I don't get a lot of visits from them. They tend to hang out on the field edges and I think the other birds run them off. We have a lot of Gold and Indigos. I also feed Hummingbirds and I also put out Suet cakes. I go through about 40 pounds and three cakes a week. They flood in. I keep it central with three seed feeders and three suet cake cages so the squirrels knock the seed onto the ground and the Doves clean that up as well as others. I also maintain a bunch of Blue Bird houses and a Wood Duck nesting box.
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Originally Posted by raystein View Post
Those are the worst about building nests in the boat at my house
and their songs suck
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Black oil sunflower seed in most feeders. I have tried mealworms in another. The wrens and bluebirds love 'em, but the crows clean me out fast.

I have a couple of really smart wrens around: I have a Dyna-Trap for bugs. It uses UV and CO2 to attract them and a fan to suck 'em down into a cage where they desiccate and die. Larger moths and crane flies are too big to go through the grid above the fan, but are held there by the vacuum. The birds happily fly in an pick 'em off.
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I usually buy what ever is cheap at hd or tracter supply. Here lately I think a wood pecker is mad cause every morning he is pecking on our gutters. Not sure if its 2 but the sounds is back and forth from the front to the back the of the house.
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I stopped using a mix when I noticed birds kicking out half a cup of it just to get to one sunflower seed. I go through about 10 lbs of sunflower a month; I think the blue-crowned conures eat more than the squirrels. Have a garden of 3 foot high sunflowers under the feeder.

Tried suet a few times with hopes the downy woodpeckers would want it but never witnessed a single bird on that feeder. Have tried hummingbird feeders off and on for at least five years. Last week the one and only hummingbird I've ever seen in the yard visited morning and afternoon one day. Rushed out and hung a second feeder but he hasn't been back.

Have too many minnows in the pond; an egret visits occasionally but hasn't made a dent in them. Saw a pair of bluejay wings on the ground yesterday; assumed it was a hawk and not a cat.

Planted a beautyberry because they're supposed to attract birds. Didn't think it was doing much until I got some scarlet tanagers passing through; they didn't care for the sunflower seeds in the feeder.
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
Same here, the only downside is the seed draws mice and those damn squirrels. Love to find a way to catch the seeds before they hit the ground. Have tried a few different ways, but none have worked. The birds just eat on the edge of the pie tin or funnel. I just gave up on the squirrels, they are way smarter than I am.
surprisingly I have no squirrels. I seen one at the feeder a couple weeks ago, pretty sure the tom cat seen him too because he is no longer around.
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Good on the Tom cat. The tree rats around here drive our dog completely bonkers. She could very easily become a great squirrel hunting dog with a little training.
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When my kids were young we had bird feeders and the weeds to go with it. Now we just have plants that attract hummingbirds.
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We have a seed feeder with suet block hung below. The feeder gets a feed store mix with extra millet and sunflower seeds added. Fun to watch the variety of birds and more fun to watch the tree rats attempting to get to the feeder. Best day was when a red tail hawk decided to join the party and was right up against the glass attempting to snare a victim.

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