220 - Seed mixes, fruit, and Feeding

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General comments suet, suet mixes and feeding them to wild birds.

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From Sue Thuener, Mohawk, NY, (Central NY), Zone 4a-5a, zwjz40a@prodigy.com

Fabulous new recipe!! Birds go wild over it!!

1 small jar of commercial mince-meat
5 tablespoons of chunky peanut butter
1/4 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats
enough mixed birdseed to hold it all together

pat into pie-tins or whatever

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I found this recipe in Dec/Jan99 copy of Birds & Blooms & it's proven to be big hit.

1 cup cornmeal
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
1/2 c. flour
1 c. birdseed (I'd try more seed next time)
In a microwave safe bowl combine all but birdseed & nuke on high for 3-5 (4 min worked well) After warmed, add birdseed, let cool & press into an appropriate size container about the dimensions of a suet feed. Stick in the frig and when hard enough put in a suet feeder . This was an immediate hit w/the juncos, chestnut-backed chickadees, stellar jays & a squirrel. ----------------------------------------------

Suet Recipe (this is my own)

1 pound lard
2 cups crunchy peanut butter
4 cups cornmeal (I use real cornmeal, not cornmeal flour
4 cups oatmeal ( old fashioned kind)
2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 jar Crushed Red Pepper (omit if you have no squirrels to repel)
6 cups of Black Oil Sunflower seed
(some people add raisins also but they are expensive)

Melt lard and peanut butter in a large dutch oven type container (you will need the room), then I add the sugar and the jar of Crushed Red Pepper (buy it at the $1.00 store) so that the sugar melts and the hot pepper is distributed throughout the mixture. (if squirrels aren't a problem you can delete the hot pepper) Stir in all the other ingredients. I add the sunflower seeds last. If it is too crumbley I add just enough water to make it stick together. I put it in the commercial plastic trays that I have saved and store in the freezer until I am ready to use it. I get 12-14 trays per batch and if there is any out in my suet feeders the birds won't touch the commercial stuff until there is nothing left of the homemade. Have fun, and enjoy the birds.


Does Pure Peanut Butter Choke Birds?

There have been cases of birds found dead with pure peanut butter in their mouths. Speculation has been that the pure peanut butter is too dry on its own. Mixing suet or other fat, along with grains (corn meal, oats, ...) to the p- nut butter seems to work great. Some people like to include seeds also. I have been feeding this to birds for many years & have had no casualties that I know of.

Jill Noblesville

another man says no deaths.


Subject: [BDFR] Kinglets Date: 13 Jan 99 09:26:14 -0500 From: birdfeeder@UserHome.com To: Indbio

Dear Friends,

I have never had Ruby Crowned Kinglets before coming to my feeders until recently. I decided to make my own mixture of seeds for feeding and I have found that the Kinglets like it! Here is what I use: several pounds of safflower, about 3/4 lb. buckwheat, 3/4 lb. oat groats, 1 lb. flax, and 1 lb. hulled peanuts. I bought all of these at a store specializing in pet birds. I am thinking of trying other seeds to see what else will come to my feeders. I'd be interested to know if anyone else uses something special in their feeders.

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Ruby Crowned Kinglets Love My New Mix

I have never had Ruby Crowned Kinglets before coming to my feeders until recently. I decided to make my own mixture of seeds for feeding and I have found that the Kinglets like this:
several pounds of safflower
3/4 lb. buckwheat
3/4 lb. oat groats
1 lb. flax
1 lb. hulled peanuts
I bought all of these at a store specializing in pet birds. I am thinking of trying other seeds to see what else will come to my feeders. I'd be interested to know if anyone else uses something special in their feeders. Name withheld.


From: mitchhisnhers@arkansas.net

> > mitchhisnhers@arkansas.net wrote: > > > > We are in Bentonville, Arkansas which is in the northwest corner of the > > state and closely borders Oklahoma and Missouri. I believe all your > > birds must be down here. We have several pairs of cardinals, lots of > > sparrows and chickadees, some European starlings, red-bellied and downy > > woodpeckers, not to mention a variety of juncos, the occasional blue jay > > and the world's known supply of finches, plus we have seen a couple of > > bluebirds. We are feeding with thistle feeders, also a mix with > > sunflower, cherries, raisins and peanuts. This is a busy place! > I am hoping to improve my yard habitat. I have been a serious bird > watcher 50 years. > I noticed you feed cherries, and raisins. Last summer I froze some red > tart cherries whole for me to eat. I put a few in the feeder tray > yesterday but only a blue jay came since then and it does not appear he > took any. (I have no birds at my feeder this year--had flocks other > years.) > I am starting a bird habitat site with feeding. Nothing install yet. > The URL will be as below. I plan to have lots of info from other people, > I would like to use you message above with some editing perhaps. > You are first person I have seen mention cherries. Are they the red > local fruit or the black michigan sweet cherries? What birds eat them. > When I get the pages up, folks can edit what I have said or add more. > -- > Harold Eddleman Ph.D. Microbiologist. mailto:indbio@disknet.com > http://www.disknet.com/indiana_biolab Location:

The mix I am feeding is Super Premium Nutritionaly Fortified Cardinal/Songbird Food and is made by 3-D Pet Products of Stephen, MN (800-543-3308.) I buy it at the local Wal-Mart supercenter. It contains sunflower, safflower, shelled peanuts, dehydrated raisins and cherries and other nutrients. We have seen finches, nuthatches, titmice, cardinals, chickadees, hairy, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, jays, juncos, doves, bluebirds, sparrows, starlings, and what may be a wren. The feeders I have out are "Perching Room Only" for the finches as they frequently battle for position. I have also had success with feeding them sunflower chips. The mix that really goes fast is called "Nuts and Berries" and again, it is available at Wal-Mart and contains raisins and peanuts. It smells good enough to eat! I am still a "rookie" at this, but have a pair of binoculars and several different types of feeders and am enjoying the entertainment.


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