Posted: 01/09/2012 at 17:05
I have, for many years, made fat balls for the many little birds which come to our garden. This was great, until the squirrels and magpies found them, and then it became impossible, because a) they ate them all in ten minutes and b) the little birds were too aftraid to come near. I bought a peanut feeder with a very wide mesh cage around it, the small birds are supposed to go into it to eat, the bigger creatures are not supposed to be able to get in. However, it has hung in the same place as the original feeder for 4 months, and the small birds sit around looking at it, but none will go in to feed!! The metal mixed seeds feeder gets emptied much as ever - with a little help from the squirrels, but on the whole that is OK. How on earth can I get the little birds to go inside the cage and use the fat balls? Anyone any bright ideas about it - thanks.