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We just feed them birdseed and fat balls

They compete with the rats

Yes if you feed birds you feed rats

But we feed a colony of sparrows, blackbirds and robins

And wood pidgins

The rats are a side issue

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We donít feed rats as our feeders are way off the ground by way of being suspended from trees. Works a treat.
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Whenever we run short of bird seed I pop down to the garden centre and put two or three scoops from their sack into a plastic bag and from there fill the feeders.

In December last I followed the usual pattern BUT on this occasion the birds have refused to feed, the come down to the feeders and fly off again without feeding.

Any suggestions please.

I watched Richard Jackson on TV last night advertise his special Premium Bird Seed at £26 for 12.5 Kilo's, what is premium bird seed?

What bird seed do you use? any special brand?
I get 20kg sack of Sunflower hearts every month off Amazon. Cost varies but usually around £23. Sunflower hearts are 100% food, no wasteful husks. I have 3 crow proof feeders for the hearts and I also have 3 peanut feeders plus a bird table. I also scatter the hearts and a good quality mixed seed on the ground because many birds are ground feeders only. Of course the crows and pigeons can get at those but hey, they've got to eat as well I reckon I spend about £40 a month on bird food in the winter but I do cut back a bit in late Spring until late Autumn when there is lots of food in the garden and hedgerows. People think I'm mad to spend all that money but we get enormous pleasure from watching the birds and we do get a heck of a lot in our garden!
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Whenever we run short of bird seed I pop down to the garden centre and put two or three scoops from their sack into a plastic bag and from there fill the feeders.

In December last I followed the usual pattern BUT on this occasion the birds have refused to feed, the come down to the feeders and fly off again without feeding.

Any suggestions please.

I watched Richard Jackson on TV last night advertise his special Premium Bird Seed at £26 for 12.5 Kilo's, what is premium bird seed?

What bird seed do you use? any special brand?
Apologies if this suggestion is too obvious. Had you considered going back to the garden centre and describing the problem to them? It may be that the batch of seeed was contaminated in some way - they possibly wouldn't know unless customers reported back to them.

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We donít feed rats as our feeders are way off the ground by way of being suspended from trees. Works a treat.
So are ours

But seeds drop to the ground as the birds feed

And rats are excellent climbers

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I would love to Drew but I havenít got a clue how to. I have taken the pics on my iPad, went into advanced settings and got the attachment thing and managed to download the pics and then closed it which seemed to be my only option and they are nowhere to be seen. I tried that twice. Anybody help me step by simple step please?
I could make something similar, but Liz would veto it on ugliness I think.

This is our feeding station.

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I wonder if perhaps the stuff you got was a bit off, birds are mega fussy.
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Yes they are rather ugly but Iíll put up with it if it affords the smaller birds a chance of getting food which is much more important.
They are suspended 8ft or so from trees and 6ft from the ground so rats CANNOT get to them.
Nothing gets thrown out of the bowl as it has sides and I fill it up little and often so it stays fresh. The rats here (we are quite rural) are far too interested in either neighbours chickens and the food they get left out for them to bother with the few bits of peanuts that fall out. The pigeons and crows hoover those up in double quick time.
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I personally wouldn't mind it, feeding the birds is the important thing, we left the feeders at the last house so the birds had continuity and knew where to feed.

We don't have anywhere to have one like yours, I'd like to set up one for squirrels too as we have a few around here.


Liz is also looking into getting a bee hive.
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A French plumber friend who is into bees was going to 'site' a hive on our land. But in the end decided not as we occasionally get the farmer spraying

It's complicated and can't be too hot or drafty, etc. etc.


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A French plumber friend who is into bees was going to 'site' a hive on our land. But in the end decided not as we occasionally get the farmer spraying

It's complicated and can't be too hot or drafty, etc. etc.


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The ones I've seen I recall were usually near trees or in a walled garden, they are odd little buggers though, bit like women, got to be pampered or they go on strike.
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