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Old Saturday 24th March 2007, 04:29   #1
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Question what to feed Robins/snow on ground

Hi:

We live in Northern Minnesota-ground still frozen-snow on ground.

The Robins are back and with no worms this time of year what can we feed them till the ground thaws?

Need suggestions quick-they are hungry!!!

Thanks much.
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Old Saturday 24th March 2007, 10:24   #2
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Hi:

We live in Northern Minnesota-ground still frozen-snow on ground.

The Robins are back and with no worms this time of year what can we feed them till the ground thaws?

Need suggestions quick-they are hungry!!!

Thanks much.
Just an idea, but our local walmart stores have night crawlers in the fishing dept. that may help. If you have hollies with berries that will suit them just fine. Here in NJ. the robins arrived in huge groups about 3 weeks ago with snow still on the ground and they quickly cleaned all my holly bush red berries off in short order. They will eat all the berries they can find until they're able to get the worms. They will also dig under leaf piles which acts as a mulch to keep the ground warmer.
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Old Saturday 24th March 2007, 16:01   #3
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well robins also eat berries! heres some info on them: "American Robin Adult: Feeds on wild and cultivated fruits, berries, earthworms, and insects such as beetle grubs, caterpillars, and grasshoppers; appears to “listen” to the ground by cocking its head when stalking earthworms." so you can try the nightcrawlers you can also try mealworms from the local pet store and put them in a dish. try raisins and craisons (dried cranberries) and im sure they will be attracted to them.
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Old Saturday 24th March 2007, 16:03   #4
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You can try thowing cranberries out on the snow. Very visible and they loved it when I lived in snow country.
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You can get grubs and meal worms from your local pet store. I find that a platform feeder low to the ground works better than placing them directly on the snow.

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Old Saturday 7th April 2007, 20:59   #6
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Robins have no problem finding feed in the winter. I live in NW Ontario (just north of MN) and we have some robins that wintered over this year. They seem fat and healthy.
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