Do you feed your birds in the winter?

@dragon54u (31636)
United States
March 7, 2008 9:01am CST
When I lived in Arizona, the ecosystem was so fragile that feeding birds could upset it and have a ripple effect that was more harmful than good. Now that I'm back in Ohio, I love feeding the birds! It's snowing right now (we'll have 6-10" when it stops) and I just came in from filling the feeder--there were birds sitting on my windowsill squawking because I'd let the feeder get empty! Man, those little birds are smart! I love to watch them. I make my own suet, too, with berries and raisins and all kinds of good stuff and the woodpeckers and starlings just love it! So, do you feed your birds? I love to watch them.
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• United States
7 Mar 08
Yes we do feed the birds, in both winter and summer. We dont get as many in the summer as winter, but we do get a few. My kids love watching them, and trying to identify them.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I feel so sorry for the poor little things out there in the cold..how do they stay warm with those hollow bones?! I was going to put out a bird house but my neighbor told me that they only use the houses for starting their families and won't stay in them in the winter time. Do you know if this is true? Birdwatching is great education for your kids, I'm so glad they enjoy it! We didn't have a big variety in AZ, my grown kids were amazed when they visited me here and saw all our birds' colors and heard their songs.
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@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
9 Mar 08
My mother feeds the birds regularly through the year, but the most in the winter, when it is cold, snow/icy, and they don't have all the berries to enjoy. The squirrels like to gorge like crazy though. :o)
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• United States
15 Mar 08
When I moved to this part of Vermont I thought I would be able to see birds all winter, and I tried feeding them the first two winters, but no birds. We do have a LOT of cats (with Feline Leukemia) in the neighborhood. So I'v been doing it indirectly. When I sell something on eBay I pack it in popcorn, real popcorn. I enclose a note encouraging the recipient to feed the birds. No worries about landfill impact, toxicity or biodegradablity, and it's cheap. I guess I won't be doing that on AZ/NM/NV shipments anymore.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
16 Mar 08
Just read your posting. Sorry to hear you dont' have many birds. Poor cats though, gosh, with feline Leukemia. that is a cruel disease and contagious! I hope that town people will put in effort to treat the cats and prevent it from spreading. I'd never heard of popcorn being the shipping paddig. Ha ha, gave me a laugh, but kinda gross, but also cute. It's a sweet thought. I would be so surprised to open my package, and popcorn pops out! ;o)
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
16 Mar 08
That's a GREAT idea!!! I haven't been able to afford a decent microwave since I've moved cross-country, I have a little $30 thingy that's good for heating water and frozen dinners and definitely NOT popcorn. But the birds wouldn't care, right? I threw out some a couple weeks ago and what the greedy dogs didn't get, the birds scarfed up. A bird even smacked Gus (Boston Terrier) when they competed for a morsel. Didn't teach him any humility but he was faster that day than before! I have about eight bags of microwave popcorn left after discovering I can't do that stuff till I can afford a better microwave. I'll just pop it up and use it in packages--I'm sending out an Easter pkg tomorrow, thanks for the suggestion!!! :-)
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• United States
16 Mar 08
Actually I just use a hot air popper, (garage sale- $1) that way there's no butter on the stuff I ship! A bag of popcorn is $1.69 at the grocery store, and makes about 2.5cuft of popcorn, enough for 5-6 packages usually. I put the original item in a plastic bag and seal it to keep the popcorn dust off. As far as the Feline Leukemia, we have one very well meaning neighbor who has 20-30 cats (he won't let the police or animal shelter in) and all are infected. (some show no symptoms, they are just carriers) and they let them out doors. So now any outdoor cat is infected. It really is an epidemic in this area. My 2 cats stay in, his cats are on my porch every night, staring in the window at my cats, who stare back. It is a horrible, but controllable, disease. Affected animal just need to be quarantined. Don't worry, we'll have birds soon as spring comes. Then they can have some popcorn.
31 Mar 08
Yes I do feed the birds all the time. I love to sit in our conservatory and watch them in the garden. I also have a shallow pond where they can drink and have a bath
• United States
16 Mar 08
I'm in Ohio too and we do feed our birds in the winter. We also put "treats" out for them in the spring and summer occasionally, it does nice work in deterring them from my freshly planted wildflower seeds. The feeder gets emptied frequently in the winter, its amazing!