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Sbiriguda

Best design for feeders to hang on balcony

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Hello everybody, this is my first post

This winter is cold in Italy and blackbirds are hungry. I left some fruits for them in a box on the balcony and they came to eat

Which is the best design for a feeder to put on the balcony? Please consider that it must be big enough for blackbirds, it must not make them poop on my neighbours' balcony on the lower floors, and preferably it should not require me to clean up on my own balcony or at least make it fast and easier

Thank you for any suggestions

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Welcome!

Many birds poop when they take off so they'll weigh less.  It does not matter what feeder design you choose; there is no design that will stop them from doing that.

If you still want to feed blackbirds, consider a tray feeder.  This is basically a shallow box, maybe 1 foot (30 cm) on each side and maybe 1 inch high (2.5 cm).  This will be easy for blackbirds to use.  There are bird foods you can buy for desk, balconies, etc.  They are labeled 'Deck and Patio' or ''No Waste'.  These have seeds that have already been removed from the hulls and seed cases.  You'll still have to clean up bird poop but you won't have to clean up seed hulls.  These bird foods cost more than regular foods but the birds eat everything so you aren't paying for the seed hulls the birds don't eat anyway.

I hope this helps.

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Thank you very much for your useful answer! Perhaps if i put this feeder in the middle of the balcony they will poop while taking off that is still over my balcony, and maybe it is less likely they do that over neighbours' balcony. Otherwise the best option would be to put these feeders somewhere else like in a public park and hope people will not remove them

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Hi @Sbiriguda - sorry about the delay in approving your post. Sometimes we overlook them when there are a lot of new members, as there have been the past few days! 

Good luck with your feeder. I wonder also if you could somehow have your tray feeder extending past the balcony so the poop will not land on balconies, but on the ground? But yeah, when a bird's gotta go, he's gotta go!

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On 1/13/2018 at 5:55 PM, Sbiriguda said:

Thank you very much for your useful answer! Perhaps if i put this feeder in the middle of the balcony they will poop while taking off that is still over my balcony, and maybe it is less likely they do that over neighbours' balcony. Otherwise the best option would be to put these feeders somewhere else like in a public park and hope people will not remove them

If you're going to a public park, it would be easier to bring seed and scatter it on the ground.  The birds will still eat it, and you won't have to worry about people taking the feeders.

Does your building have a courtyard, plaza, or other common area?  Maybe management would allow you to install a feeder.

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