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Garden Birds Love Coffee Beans !

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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 11:29   #1
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Garden Birds Love Coffee Beans !

Garden birds love coffee beans. Discovered this simple fact by pure happenstance when I dropped some old coffee beans onto the garden (they were headed for the compost bin). They were gone in minutes. Mystified, I repeated the procedure several times and I now know why, as our feathered friends swooped and devoured every one.

Maybe like us humans, birds enjoy a caffeine fix now and again. I now mix coffee beans in with the nuts in my feeder and they are rapidly and perkily pecked by sparrow, blue tit and coal tit alike !
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Old Wednesday 27th November 2019, 05:59   #2
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Garden birds love coffee beans. Discovered this simple fact by pure happenstance when I dropped some old coffee beans onto the garden (they were headed for the compost bin). They were gone in minutes. Mystified, I repeated the procedure several times and I now know why, as our feathered friends swooped and devoured every one.

Maybe like us humans, birds enjoy a caffeine fix now and again. I now mix coffee beans in with the nuts in my feeder and they are rapidly and perkily pecked by sparrow, blue tit and coal tit alike !

Hi, not to sound like a boring party pooper, but the coffee beans could be harmful to the birds with all that caffeine in them. Might be worth doing some research to find out for sure.

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Old Thursday 28th November 2019, 17:35   #3
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From googling it, it seems that wild birds eat coffee beans wherever they are grown. Presumably the coffee plant uses birds to disperse its seeds. Though perhaps roasting introduces complications
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