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Do you feed the birds in your garden

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AB Editor | 17:20 Mon 06th Feb 2023 | Animals & Nature
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  • Yes - 67 votes
  • 69%
  • No - 17 votes
  • 18%
  • I don't have a garden - 7 votes
  • 7%
  • Other, I will say below... - 4 votes
  • 4%
  • I don't know what a bird is - 2 votes
  • 2%
  • No but I feed other animals in my garden - 0 vote
  • 0%
  • I put out food but birds don't eat it - 0 vote
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Only in winter
All the year round as advised by the RSPB.
Every day.
All year round. Is this poll inspired by the 170+ answers thread on this topic back in January perchance?
All year round (and provide water too).
Oh yes and water all year round, especially when all the puddles are frozen over.
I used to feed them until things got a bit out of hand.
They'd go through 4 fat balls and completely empty 3 feeders in a day .... it wasn't this that bothered me ..... it was the mess they left on the fence, plus the grass around the feeding area got trashed.
I remember doing a quick count one day and I counted roughly 50 birds in my garden ..... I ended up giving my bird feeder, bath and all the food away.
No because we have three cats. However we live surrounded by countryside and two nature reserve so the birds are well fed and we love watching them.
Odd isn't it, Gizmonster, that birds eat like pigs.
Our lovely garden birds have a hard life, searching for scraps of food while having to keep an eye out for any predators. Especially this weather when all their energy is taken up during the night as they do their best to keep warm.
I don't as I have a bird phobia - they absolutely terrify me. This is a shame as we have a very bird-friendly garden!
That is a shame diddly. You can get treatment for it if you're willing to give it a go. You're not born with it so something must have happened to make you this way.
It's a joy to watch the different birds,goldfinch,blue tits,blackbirds,
sparrows,pigeons,and lots of others including a couple of robins,when i'm sat eating in our kitchen i can see them at the feeders hung high in our trees it is well worth the trouble of keep filling the feeders and cleaning up the mess,it really is one of lifes pleasures.
Only to the cat.
OH feeds the birds assiduously - it costs him quite a bit. The problem we have is that the local corvid population has spotted this nirvanah and lie in wait. As soon as he has hung up new fat balls, filled peanut feeder and supplied feeding stations with grain - a black cloud descends. Now the pigeons have arrived and are squabbling with the crows and ravens (and jackdaws). In between the small garden birds just get the crumbs! Any ideas anyone?
Yes, all year round. But most importantly we ensure water is always available.
jourdain - you can buy bird feeders that only allow small birds to feed, both to hang in trees or place on the ground. The ones on the ground do not allow anything bigger than a blackbird, so keeps the pigeons and other larger birds out. I have both and very rarely have large birds visiting because they know they can't access the food. You can google them. Although my local Pets at Home sells the ones that you can hang in trees and bushes.
fitdarren I bought one of the Ground Feeders from the RSPB recommended by you on another thread. I still throw food over a wide area but I can't keep my eyes of the GF, it's hilarious. The Wood Pigeons and Jackdaws are strutting around it for ages trying to reach the food, trying to put their heads through the mesh but can't. When they eventually clear off a male Blackbird will appear followed shortly by Mrs B and they will eat the food that has fallen very near the edge. The Robins can get inside and that is a joy to watch. Thank you for the recommendation.
Yes.
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