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I've just woken up to over a foot of snow and no television! Spare a thought for the ground feeding birds such as black birds, and put a box, small table or tray outside for them to feed from.
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Quote: Spare a thought for the ground feeding birds such as black birds
I've bought a pack of lolly sticks and some rubber bands so they can make stilts... any other suggestions?
In all seriousness, quite agree and also some fresh water too
Already been out and taken care of this for our brood Becky.
Just done that.
Me too I dont want them to suffer
Wilkinson's are selling tubs of 50 Fat balls for only £7, well worth it for our feathered friends. They also sell the Fat ball hangers for around £1!
Em and I are making fat balls for our birds .
Quote: Em and I are making fat balls for our birds .
put a bit of oil in the fat to keep them squidgy (fat freezes too), please take the nets off the commercial ones as they can break those little legs so easily
the birds are eating better than us at the moment! Agree with the comment about taking the nets off the fat balls for the ground feeders. Don't forget they like old fruit and scraps too, cereal , cooked rice,pasta etc
This morning we have 6 blackbirds, starlings, Fieldfaire,great/blue and cole tits, Jay ,woodpecker,chaffinches,2 types of sparrows, 4 robins in a territory battle, long tail tits and a wag tail
I'm having to get up 20 minutes earlier each day to de-ice the car then de-ice the bird table! Not sure how long the two bird baths last during the day before they start to refreeze but our back garden seems to be more popular than ever this year.
We have 2 hangers for fat balls, 2 hangers for seeds, 2 trays for scraps and seeds. Not great on identification of birds but we've had the robin territory battles too. Doves are here, crows, blackbirds, blue tits, yellowhammers, and a few others. Oh, and a squirrel.
Wilko's good deal on fat balls. You can get the same from InStore/Poundstretcher and even Pets At Home have had a box of 100 for £14. We've also used some Bill Oddie packets of seed stuff, mixed them all together in a tub, and sprinkle some on the trays. Very popular.
Quote: please take the nets off the commercial ones as they can break those little legs so easily
I always do, even when hanging them! ;0)
Just a thought, try to find a cat-proof location for all the feeding.
We have two nearly Feral cats locally and they are killers at the best of times.
These conditions could make it even easier for them (and others like them) to take more birds than usual
Our pond is taking a hammering even more than normal in the last few days. Mind you the blackbirds aren't all that keen on sharing it.
Yep, Fatballs, Sunflower seeds and fresh bread, water in pond is clear thanks to a mist machine, & chased the fat cat away.
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