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    Raising_4_Birders
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    If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive food for the rabbits they love oats, preferably whole, not quick oats.  We would offer this to our pet rabbits when we had them and they would gobble it up.  I’d only put out about a quarter cup daily for 1 wild bunny.  Otherwise they also like the black oil sunflowers, also something we’d give to the rabbits in small amount.  With the bitter temps we’ve been having I’ve been throwing extra seed on the ground for the animals.  I prefer to do that vs worrying about the squirrels trying to find a way on to my feeder!


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    Sherry8___WI
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    I feed all winter but I did have to drop the water this year, just because I couldn’t keep walking out there to keep it full and clean in the snow. With our cold temperatures it would of been impossible for me to keep it going.Our weather has been very cold and the coopers hawk has been here alot. My small dog cannot run out there through all of the snow to scare it off like in the warmer months…


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    PAgrandma
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    Good morning,

    I’m in SE Pennsylvania, and feed the birds year round on my eleven wooded acres.   The birds have been very active and VERY hungry.  I’ve had to fill the feeders twice a day instead of the usual once.

     

    Fortunately, I have a spring near the feeders which runs constantly year round… so don’t have to supply water.

     

    What, if anything can I do about the grackles and blackbirds that are such piggies.  I’ve been banging on the window , which scares them some…but can’t spend my whole day doing that.

     

    ~ Joyce


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    Hiker07_IL_5
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    What I wouldn’t give for wooded acres but I’m stuck in town. Son has that many but there were no trees when he moved there so he’s working at doing that, does get a lot of different birds because he’s surrounded by cornfields. He’s in the country but surrounded just outside of Indianapolis so it probably won’t be that way for long, big cities to close.


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    PAgrandma
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    Hiker…yes, acres are wonderful…

     

    I can’t even begin to count the number of trees as I look out the window. Probably 500 or more.  BUT, you know what that means in the fall.  My deck gets buried in foliage!


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    steve232__nc
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    Pagrandma all those leaves are just fertilize for your yard and garden.


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    onetuffgoob
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    Hi everyone.

    Since I live in SC, I am able to feed all year long.

    This time of year is prime season for visiting birds.  We had an ice storm a few weeks ago — y’all might have heard about ice in the south! — and since work was shut down, I was able to catch sight of birds I have not seen before.  The cold/snowy/icy weather must bring them out.  Briefly, a brown thrasher came in and a northern oriole (female) has decided to stay a while.  The abundance of cardinals (my favorite!) was overwhelming to my senses.

    My backyard slopes down into woods that then flow downhill to a “holler,” as my neighbor calls it.   The cow birds are the pests, IMO, who swoop in and clean out my seeds from time to time.   I am trying to get bluebirds to come by, but I hesitate to put nesting boxes out due to a neighbor who has cats, and those cats have ventured into my yard looking for birds already.

    Last spring, I had a painted bunting stop by and I just couldn’t believe my eyes!  I had a summer tanager and the nut hatch(es) have been more regular this winter.

    I am becoming the crazy bird lady according to my kids.  LOL

    Good evening


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    Posynut_NY_zone4
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    Welcome Poppy.  I live in western New York State in a village on an acre of land.  I have several bird feeders in the front and back yards.  I feed black oil sunflower seed (bird’s favorite), safflower, fruit & nut, finch food, songbirds seed, peanuts in the shell.  I sometimes mix the seed for the feeders.  I also have several suet feeders, and I feed year round.

    I have cardinals, bluejays, juncos, mourning doves, chickadees, red and white breasted nuthatches, house finches, gold finches, sparrows, starlings right now and grackles sometimes.

    Starlings can not crack open the BOSS.  I can tell those as they have a yellow beak that stands out next to their black bodies.

    Fun to watch the birds.  I also toss bread out for the crows.  I have dry ear corn in the cornfeeders that hang fom the spruce limbs for the squirrels….I think the jays eat it, tho.  Squirrels are around here often and deer are eating during the night in the yards on our street.  They go after the shrubbery and arborvitaes.  They destroy a lot.  They nibble on birdseed on ground or at feeder, too, sometimes.


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