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Old Wednesday 9th November 2005, 12:55   #1
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Bird food how long.....

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Might be a silly question but as a new birdwatcher/feeder, could someone tell me how long is safe for uneaten birdfood to stay on the birdtable.I have put some in a different area 2 days ago,since then it has rained heavily and the food is somewhat damp.How long can i leave it there before i need to replace it.
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Old Wednesday 9th November 2005, 15:10   #2
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Is it seed you are questioning about or scraps of food.

I would say if it has got wet and mushy the birds will turn their noses up at it as it starts to give off a bit of a smell and you don't want any passing mice etc visiting, so chuck it out. In fine weather it would have been ok.

I normally check my feeders every other day to fill them and if it has been raining take a bit of kitchen paper towel to wipe any gunge off them.

I found that some feeders you can get from Wilkinsons stores for 99p which are green with a clear perspex tube with a couple of feeding holes /perches on the bottom are amongst the best for not letting the rain in.
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[quote=Marmot]Is it seed you are questioning about or scraps of food.

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Thanks for your reply,it is seed and peanuts.
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Marmot, I too like those feeders, I also buy their fat balls, 50p for 4, loal B&Q w'house sell same at 1+ for 4
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Thanks for your reply,it is seed and peanuts.
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You need to be careful about the peanuts-I think the RSPB recommend changing them every week or so in heavy rain, but I've noticed they can go a bit dodgy in a few days. I don't put too many out unless I know they will get eaten.

I think seed should last a bit longer, and if the birds are eating it and it's not been there for too long, then I think that should be ok. Just watch they dont start sprouting!!
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Old Monday 12th December 2005, 12:34   #6
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Hi! Sorry to hijack, but I have a similar query... We've got two seed feeders, and two fat balls. We've had these up since October. The birds haven't visited yet, but I hope they will start coming in soon. I take it from this thread that I should probably change the seed just over ever week (I've been doing it a bit less often than that - trying to conserve the pennies!). But what about the fat balls? Should I take them down? Are they just putting birds off as they're old? They are not obviously icky to me, but I don't know what birds fancy....

Any other tips for attracting birds? We altered a plant dish (the type that go under pots to catch water) to make a little bath, and hung it off a pergola with a hanging basket chain...I knock off the ice, and change the water at the same time...we have cats, but I'm not getting rid of those!

We have had a male and female blackbird eating things in the garden, but no 'feeder-feeders'.
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