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Birdseeds and Feeders by Sherry Versluis from the Preferred Perch
by Sherry Versluis via Patti Johnson
March 21, 2003

At last month’s meeting, was very impressed with the presentation about Birdseeds and Feeders by Sherry Versluis from the Preferred Perch. Took notes about the do’s and don’ts at the meeting and checked the notes with Sherry when later visiting her store. These following notes might be helpful to other club members. If not, just giggle and delete them!

Thanks again for all .

Patti Johnson ------------------------------------

Birdseeds and Feeders

Don’t buy wild bird seed mixture. Only visitors will be sparrows wanting the millet. Other birds will stay away from the aggressive sparrows. Seed will be “kicked” out of feeder and wasted . Glorious weeds will grow in summer!

If feeding sparrows is desired, buy white millet and use in a separate feeder far away from feeder(s)) for other birds.

Use black oiled sunflower seed for smaller birds and striped sunflower seed for larger birds Cracked corn is excellent in winter. (Don’t use corn in summer). The seeds should not be mixed. Place in separate piles on a platform feeder.

Niger seed should be placed in a finch feeder.

Use safflower seed and canary seed for mourning doves.

Blue jays love peanuts. They will bury them and will remember where to find the peanuts.

Use a mesh feeder for shelled peanuts.

Suet should contain nuts/fruits, not mixed seeds. Logs with summer suet plugs are great for woodpeckers and robins.

Robins like raisins and currents.

Window feeders filled with sunflower meats will attract finches. Sparrows won’t come to window feeders. If using a window feeder attached with suction cups, lightly pat the suction cups with cooking oil to ensure cups sticking to the window. Spit doesn’t work!

In spring, put out a plate with grape jelly for orioles and half oranges for finches. Give these treats only at the beginning of the season before flies, wasps, etc. arrive.

Use proper feeders for various seeds and birds. Feeders come in various shapes and sizes. When hanging feeders, use a short wire or cord to prevent feeder from swinging. The old standard feeder (roofed , Plexiglas sides and narrow ledge) is messy as birds will scatter seeds. Much food will end up wasted on ground. Clean feeders frequently. Inexpensive non-toxic disinfectants are available.

If feeding hummingbirds, use commercial hummingbird nectar, or mix four parts water with one part white sugar. The mixture can be kept in the fridge for two weeks. Change the nectar in the feeder every second day. FOOD COLOURING IS EXTREMELYHARMFUL TO HUMMINGBIRDS AND MUST NOT BE ADDED TO MIXTURE.

Suction cup window feeders are available for hummingbirds.

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