Tagged: Winter Birdfeeding
Winter Bird feeding
October 12, 2018 at 7:38 pm #1421
I was wondering what are the best types of food to feed the birds in the winter?
Thank you 🙂This post has received 2 votes up.
October 12, 2018 at 8:26 pm #1425
My birds absolutely love Suet in the winter. They are made of Fat and seed and these things help the birds keep warm during the cold nights. You can also make your own suet. This is a fun thing to do with your kids if you have some 😉
Also, large Sunflower seeds are great because they are already a great source of fat for birds. I would make sure to always leave some out in your feeder for your birdies!This post has received 1 vote up.
October 15, 2018 at 1:57 pm #1430
Thank you. About the homemade Suet, do you happen to have a good recipe that you have tried in the past and was liked by your birds?
Thank you again
October 16, 2018 at 8:55 pm #1453
We always try new ones. But this one was the one we usually stick to-just change it by adding something new each time.
Fat (We used Bacon fat, or coconut oil)
Bird seed (Sunflower was the favorite in our yard)
You want to melt the fat in a pot- and once melted add the try ingrediants (and Peanut Butter), and put it by a window to cool and thicken (remember to stir occasionally, because everything will fall to the bottom of the pot) Once thickened add it to a pan, and freeze. You can cut it to any shapes you want or instead of a pan, put it in some molds. We saw something about putting them in Orange skins the other day, we wanted to try that sometime.
October 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm #1457
Wow, super easy 🙂
Thank you for sharing
January 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm #2686
Gene GriffinParticipant12 pts
I feed sunflower hearts in cheap plastic tube feeders and on plywood on the ground. I feed a Finch seed mix in a tube feeder . My favorite wild bird seed mix is Ace Hardware brand, to it I add some Finch mix and chick size cracked corn that I feed on the plywood on the ground. I also put beef suet out on a raised platform that is 12″x12″ and 4′ above the ground for Flickers, Woodpeckers, Starlings.This post has received 2 votes up.
January 8, 2019 at 8:52 am #2692
I have a few feeders up right now, and I started with BOS (black oil sunflower) which is usually a hit, but no one was coming around! Usually even in the cold months I would get finches at least with BOS. I changed to a mixed seed and now saw a flock, but still not many. Maybe I should put out some suet!This post has received 1 vote up.
January 8, 2019 at 2:12 pm #2697
Gene GriffinParticipant12 pts
What area do you live in? Try my feeding arrangement, you will get results. I’m in Western Massachusetts. Mixed seed should go on the ground because a lot of birds will only pick out certain type of seeds by knocking other seed out of your feeder. Use straight beef fat in your suet feeders, squirrels will not eat beef fat.
January 11, 2019 at 1:39 pm #2733
January 10, 2019 at 1:24 pm #2728
There’s not a whole lot of difference between seasons in what your birds want to eat.
The single most attractive food is now and has always been Black Oil Sunflower.
You can add other feeders to attract different birds. Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches and Woodpeckers LOVE peanut kernels (not in the shell, and not “peanut hearts). You would want to use a separate feeder for these.
Suet is another excellent addition to a feeding station. You want to use a feeder that offers woodpeckers a large landing area, such as a tail prop, to make them more comfortable feeding there.
Also, do not forget that even in winter, birds need water! A bird bath deicer is a great way to increase variety in your yard. Not all birds like seeds, but, all must drink!
Scott EdwardsThis post has received 3 votes up.
January 21, 2019 at 8:36 am #2835
When I use a Red mineral block salt lick for the deer I see birds at it also. Is the red mineral block okay for the birds. Its FREEZING here in the East, Have water going and lost of food for allThis post has received 2 votes up.
January 21, 2019 at 9:15 am #2837
Katie SchmidtKeymaster20 pts
I would recommend moving the salt block to an area where the deer can still easily access it but it is more difficult for the birds to access. Backyard birds can process small amounts of salt, but if they are eating large quantities of the salt block, that would be very unhealthy for them.
If there isn’t a good place to relocate the salt block, I would make sure to set out a bird bath so the birds have a water source. Because you mentioned that you live in a cold area, you will just need to make sure to empty it when temperatures drop to freezing.This post has received 1 vote up.
January 21, 2019 at 9:22 am #2838
I do have an electric birdbath. I love birding and do everything I can for them and the wildlife. Its 3 degrees here in CT and the birds love the water and suet and seed. They eat better than I do… I feel so bad for them as they are so cold. Been birding for 35 years wish more people did it as well. Brings me relaxation and joy and I help all wildlife as well…This post has received 3 votes up.
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