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#1 7birdmadgirl7

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:56 PM

So I've heard that lots of people smear peanut butter on trees for the birds. Does this cause a problem with ants? If so, do the birds just eat the ants too? I'm thinking about trying it but I don't know if I want to deal with a sticky mess of ants. Can anybody who has tried this give me some feedback on this technique?

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:24 PM

I have spread peanut butter on trees and had no issues with ants but I found that the birds weren't too fond of it. (Maybe I get the wrong brand.) I also spread bacon grease on the trees during the winter. All the birds love that and of course, no ants during those cold months anyway.

I'd rather be birding.


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:29 PM

LOL. That's the other thing I'm worried about....if they don't like it and then I just have a messy tree for no reason.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:31 PM

I have done it and the birds love it. I use organic peanut butter. THe only ingredient is peanuts. No presevatives, no sugar no palm oil and no artificial sweeteners. Those darn birds eat better than most humans...
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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:34 PM

spyonabird: Mine eat better than most humans too! Only the best for my feathered friends! Do they prefer crunchy or creamy?

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:35 PM

spyonabird: Mine eat better than most humans too! Only the best for my feathered friends!

You should see what I feed my dog. :) . Plus he had more MRI's than most people and has an Ophthalmologist.
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Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:56 PM

one way to do it is cut a piece of limb or branch maybe 3 inches in diameter and a foot or so long. screw a hook eye into one end and drill holes up and down the sides and fill with peanut butter or homemade suet mix hang it on a pole or from a limb. and you can take it down easily and hose it off.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 07:17 PM

The peanut butter I used was chunky Jiff. Choosy mothers choose Jiff. :)

I'd rather be birding.


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 07:29 PM

The peanut butter I used was chunky Jiff. Choosy mothers choose Jiff. :)

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 02:14 PM

id be more worried about attracting bears into my yard. last thing i wanna see at 6 in the morning while im taking the dog out to pee is momma bear and her cubs munching on a tree in front of my house

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 03:13 PM

LMAO. We don't get bears where I live, but yeah that would definitely be scary!

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:41 AM

As soon as I saw the title of this thread, I thought not here, it would be ant city!
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:21 PM

id be more worried about attracting bears into my yard. last thing i wanna see at 6 in the morning while im taking the dog out to pee is momma bear and her cubs munching on a tree in front of my house

Nope......I don't think you need to use peanut butter. lol We don't have any that come in our area. So I'm good.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 05:42 AM

You should see what I feed my dog. :) . Plus he had more MRI's than most people and has an Ophthalmologist.


I'm in rescue and boy, does this sound familiar:) I haven't been to a doctor in ages and need to see the dentist. But the dogs have dentals all the time.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 05:44 AM

The alternative is to spread it on a board and HANG it on the tree and take it down at night. I DO put peanut butter out.

Another alternative is peanut butter blocks. They work great.

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