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21/02/2014 at 18:59
I try and do my bit and the birds happily eat all the seeds and fat balls provided
However my peanuts are hardly ever eaten and go mouldy . They are in
a regular peanut feeder and in the same location as the other feeders,
Any suggestions ?
21/02/2014 at 19:02

I had the same problem in my last garden. I  just gave up in the end.

I use seed, fat balls and nuts here now but note that at different times of the year, the birds have different preferences.

I love the birds in my garden. They give me so much pleasure.

21/02/2014 at 19:03

Do you fill the feeder up to the top? I had the same problem, with the lot going mouldy. I decided to give the birds one more go with the nuts but only half filled the feeder. For some reason they ate the lot. Now I don't ever fill it to the top 

21/02/2014 at 19:10

Panda's right. Just put a small amount in your feeder and top up when necessary. If you get squirrels they can scoff them, but sometimes birds leave them alone in favour of suet treats tasty mixes in seed feeders. 

21/02/2014 at 19:18

Last year (or maybe the year before)  Pnuts were much more popular, I was filling daily. This year it's sunflower seed that's disappearing quickly. I seem to have the same bird mix but the weather is very different. Would that make a difference?

21/02/2014 at 19:42

nut - I find peanuts get eaten much more readily if it's cold, frosty or snowy weather. We get so much rain here that peanuts do go mouldy very quickly if there isn't an army of squirrels around to eat them. 

I actually don't feed peanuts on their own at all now, I just add the nibbed ones to the seed mix.

21/02/2014 at 19:47
Yes Nut could be the weather as I don't recall it being a problem last year . Although I do have more food variety to offer this year.
Thank you for the advice - reduced portions until the
Plate/feeder cleared. Nuts are too expensive to
21/02/2014 at 22:31

I've been making fat balls with left over fat from cooking & these get eaten much faster than the shop bought ones. I mix the fat with ready mixed bird food but I also add raisins & chopped up bacon rind. The robins in particular love them,but that's possibly because they are put on the bird table rather than hung up.

21/02/2014 at 22:34

Home made food is always better than shop bought

21/02/2014 at 22:59

I say fat balls....more like fat muffins as we use those silicon muffin cases!! My kids have got really into saving fat & bits of stuff for the birds. I've found it to be something we all get involved with. Great for tearing my 12 year old son away from his PlayStation!!

09/03/2014 at 01:12
My birds (sparrows, finches, robins and 2 doves) are finicky, they will not eat fat balls, will eat peanuts and sunflower seeds only.
09/03/2014 at 01:32

Do they have to be chocolate coated yvonne? 

08/01/2015 at 22:17
Fatballs, reasonably firm porridge mixed with mealworms, sliced apples, bacon rinds, suet nut and mealworm stuffed into log cracks and shallow drilled holes, all go to a veritable smorgasbord for the feathered fiends oop t'lotty. I also leave a few smashed fatballs on the lawn area, for the ground feeders, like dunnocks, blackies and suchlike.

Funnily enough, this year, the tits have been making a remarkable comeback. Fighting for feeding rights on the picnic table and around the shed door, where we sit and watch them all come in for the scoff. Clean drinking water is looked after too. We've had a travelling group of long tailed tits visit for a day, and some coal tits today.(Thursday)
09/01/2015 at 09:10

I noticed in the summer that the birds locally seemed to be doing very well rearing  young, I'm sure the numbers are up this year. 

Mine scoff peanuts like there is no tomorrow, I wonder if a particular food is ignored that they perhaps have another local supply? It's mixed seed that is always slow to go at my feeders.

09/01/2015 at 10:01

In my new house with its woodland garden I have over 20 bird feeders of differing types over 4 different positioned bird feeding stations.  All of the feeders are emptied in approx. 2 days!!! It is costing me a fortune but giving me a huge amount of pleasure!  I have moved from the centre of town where sparrows, starlings, blackbirds and wood pigeons were the norm to now having all tit varieties, finches, jays, spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, collared doves, blackbirds and lots of robins who constantly fight over the 'prime' locations lol!!.  I have taken to going to B&M Bargains and Home Bargains for the nuts and seed as they are massively cheaper than the local garden centre and they are eaten just as quick.  I have also purchased some hanging 1/2 coconut fat hangers which have now been eaten.  I have saved the 1/2 coconuts and now refill them using my own fat hangers with oats, bacon rind, mealworms, seedmix and peanuts to name but some.   It does save a little money and keeps the kids amused.  Does anyone know where is cheap to buy a bulk / large sack of peanuts as these are particularly expensive!!

09/01/2015 at 10:11

Amazon have 25 kg sacks from several suppliers for about £30, works out a lot cheaper for me than picking them up at local garden centers.

09/01/2015 at 10:41

Sounds like you'r enjoying the birdlife Hippyness, like you we have moved from the city to (out in the sticks) and see a larger varieties of our feathered friends. When in the City I use to fill up a stainless steel meat carver dish with drinking water, it was so large that the birds could have a bath if they wished.

13/01/2015 at 09:42

Thanks Gemma JF - will certainly give amazon a go at that price!! 

13/01/2015 at 09:44

Thanks oldgreenfingers - I am loving my new types of birds - I have a date with some more home-made coconut bird feeders this weekend and trying to get hold of a lot of bird food again !!!!


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Sounds like you'r enjoying the birdlife Hippyness, like you we have moved from the city to (out in the sticks) and see a larger varieties of our feathered friends. When in the City I use to fill up a stainless steel meat carver dish with drinking water, it was so large that the birds could have a bath if they wished.


13/01/2015 at 11:35

We buy peanuts (Aflatoxin tested) and sunflower hearts in bulk from GJW Titmuss, good value and free delivery for orders over £19.   I am delighted to see that goldfinches love sunflower hearts, it means I can stop feeding so much nyger feed, and don't have to grieve over the absolute carpet of uneaten nyger seed which poured out of the nyger feeder while birds were eating.   You have to choose your nyger feeder carefully, I have found, go for the small round holed variety instead of the slit one.   Mind you,  the carpet of uneaten food did bring a carpet of goldfinches, which was fine in dry weather, but now everything is sodden and I worry about rotten food lying there.

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