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Egrett

House Finches eating and feeding like crazy

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We have had a feeder up for about 4-6 months now and have been pleased with the variety of birds.  To the best of my identification abilities, we have seen Black Capped Chickadees, House Finches, Scrub Jays,  Robins, Eurasion doves, and maybe a Hairy Woodpecker.  We are in Utah and in the late August and early September I have been filling up the feeder about every two days and what I am calling House Finches seem to be voracious eaters.  Is this normal?  I have also noticed juveniles being fed by adults.  Should I just keep filling up the feeder? I have been using the black oil sunflower seeds.

Please advise 

Thanks

 

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Yep just keep filling it if they are eating. You might wanna add some suet to your buffet. I've noticed here in the Dallas are they are really eating a lot of suet lately, and I think a lot of it has to do with migrating birds from the north, coming thru the south. If you see adults feeding the young, suet (cakes/pellets/balls) would be a great addition. If you have squirrels or larger birds you dont want to feed, there are squirrel proof suet feeders out there.

 

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And I was going to say, I didnt think birds here in Texas would eat suet because its so hot here during the summer months, but it's a waiting game with the suet. I was surprised to see a lot of birds come out of hiding that I never saw here before, but they were just hiding in the trees where I couldnt see them. Lots of woodpeckers here in Texas. I use the no melt suet which is good for hot climates, and I had to try several different brands to figure out which one they liked. I even make my own suet sometimes as a treat for them. Right now their favorite is orange suet and berry suet comes in 2nd. After that anything with a lot of peanuts and mealworms and/or bugs. I would've never guessed that. The cheapo ones they wont touch, and if you see a lot of corn on the bottom, they wont eat those either. At first they loved the peanut and mealworm, and turned their noses up at the orange and berry, but now all of a sudden they decided different. They keep a long time in the fridge too. And bark butter is also a big hit I've found out recently. I make DIY and use.

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Wow... I have so much to learn.  I am filling up the feeder about once a day now.  Will keep doing it and look into what suet and possibly suet feeders are available locally.

Thanks

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I'm learning too all the time! If you've just got one feeder, then yeah it will probably get to a point where you fill it up daily if thats all you're feeding is seeds. The suet is a good addition, and also they have seed/nut/fruit/bug cakes which are getting popular too. With fall coming on birds are looking for that extra fat content. 

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And I was going to say, I didnt think birds here in Texas would eat suet because its so hot here during the summer months, but it's a waiting game with the suet. I was surprised to see a lot of birds come out of hiding that I never saw here before, but they were just hiding in the trees where I couldnt see them. Lots of woodpeckers here in Texas. I use the no melt suet which is good for hot climates, and I had to try several different brands to figure out which one they liked. I even make my own suet sometimes as a treat for them. Right now their favorite is orange suet and berry suet comes in 2nd. After that anything with a lot of peanuts and mealworms and/or bugs. I would've never guessed that. The cheapo ones they wont touch, and if you see a lot of corn on the bottom, they wont eat those either. At first they loved the peanut and mealworm, and turned their noses up at the orange and berry, but now all of a sudden they decided different. They keep a long time in the fridge too. And bark butter is also a big hit I've found out recently. I make DIY and use.

How do you make your bark butter?  The over-the-counter stuff is too expensive for my tastes.  I'm not spending more on PB for the birds than I do on myself!

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How do you make your bark butter?  The over-the-counter stuff is too expensive for my tastes.  I'm not spending more on PB for the birds than I do on myself!

Get you some lard, or you can save up old grease if you want, usually any type of used fat will work. Just mix it with some cheap peanut butter, small jar is fine, corn meal, flour, quick oats, and some cheap bird seeds (or your choice of seeds and/or nuts, I use Royal Wing Shell Free mix) and you can make a huge tub of it that lasts awhile. I keep mine in the fridge in a big rubbermaid tub with a lid. 

You can vary the ingredients to make it the consistancy you like, but start out with a cup of each. I usually add a little more seed to mine to make it go longer because im just smearing it on the tree bark anyhow. There are a lot of DIY suet recipes on the internet, and I just go by them and mix in the stuff I want. Sometimes I put raisins, or dried fruit in it. Get you a really big bowl and just mix it all together. It's a lot cheaper route than buying store bought.

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