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I have been feeding wild birds and squirrels in my yard for almost a year. I think i mainly continue to feed not out of enjoyment but now out of pity or something similar.  In march i would put out 4 solo cups of food, which equates to about 1 lb a day.  This has attracted hundreds of birds and maybe a dozen squirrels.  I did not feed for 2 days and I went out and theres at least 10-15 birds (sosp, wtsp, deju, noca) hiding in the bush near where I feed waiting for food.  The last time I tried to quit, 10 days later there are 6 or so cardinals beeping in the yard seemingly not doing anything but perching and chirping incessantly.  the research i do online mostly says you can stop feeding at any time, that birds only get 30% of their food from the feeder. Will they all eventually get the hint?  Should I just stop cold turkey?  One other concern I have is pesticide will be sprayed in April (not my choice), which I am worried could be disastrous.  Anybody have experience stopping feeding that could lend me advice?

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Yep, cold turkey.  Just stop putting the stuff out.  As your research shows, birds get a minority of their food from feeders.  Yours aren't the only feeders they're visiting., so you're not even providing most of that 30% by yourself.

As to those cardinals hanging around singing, they're establishing territories for the breeding season; they're hanging around and singing in locations that never had feeders.

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Thanks for your reply Charlie.  

The Cardinals hanging around for days was actually back in July.

I have been putting out half as normal until I run out, and will see how it turns out

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