How to Get Rid of Blue Jays at Your Feeders

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Free up your feeders for your favorite small songbirds by learning how to get rid of blue jays. One way is to give blue jays their own bird feeder!

blue jayCourtesy Lorraine Lynch

How to Get Rid of Blue Jays

Yes, they’re beautiful and recognizable, but blue jays are known for causing a ruckus at feeders. They are exceptionally smart, so it’s not easy to trick them with fancy jay-proof feeders. The best bet for how to get rid of blue jays is to give them space and a feeder of their own. Serve peanuts in a feeder or put sunflower seeds in a large hopper feeder in an isolated area.

“I call blue jays ‘beautiful bully birds’ because they can empty a peanut feeder in less than an hour. I use a caged peanut feeder to allow only smaller birds, like chickadees, nuthatches and downy woodpeckers, to feed. The jays get their own cage-free peanut feeder,” says Deanna Frautschi, Bloomington, Illinois.


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Another tip to get rid of blue jays is to feed nyjer thistle seed. Blue jays, like lot of bully birds, tend to leave this seed alone. Check out the 3 types of seed and feeders birds love best.

Starlings, grackles, blue jays and the odd magpie come to my feeders and also stop for water. Instead of discouraging them, I spread several feeders full of different types of seed around the backyard,” says Ken Orich, Lethbridge, Alberta.

“We try to accommodate all of the birds, but it seems that in different circumstances any bird can be a bully! My mourning doves are the bullies of the tray feeder. And I’ve even seen a titmouse chase Carolina wrens from the mealworms,” says Boni Trombetta, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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