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bolino
Swanton, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 31, 2007
11:14 PM

Post #3143397

I spilled an entire box of Quaker's Oatmeal, the real thing, not flavored or sugared etc. Rather than throw it away, I was hoping I could leave it out for the birds. Mostly we have here sparrows and mourning doves, and an occasional cardinal (after all it is the state bird!).

Will they eat it and will they like it???

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 31, 2007
11:18 PM

Post #3143409

I had a suet receipe once that included it, so I am sure they wouldn't let it go to waste. if you google for suet receipes, you may find one that has it included.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 31, 2007
11:19 PM

Post #3143413

Yes, no problem

Resin

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 31, 2007
11:25 PM

Post #3143436

Here is a few that have oatmeal, page down. http://www.birdnature.com/suet.html#rec1
Aguane
Phoenix, AZ

February 1, 2007
1:42 AM

Post #3143962

Just a thought. Logic tells me a bird should not eat too much oatmeal in one sitting for fear of it absorbing the bird's fluids, swelling and clogging the digestive tract. But, then I have no education on their physiology. I would put it out in quantity.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 1, 2007
5:43 PM

Post #3146003

[quote]Just a thought. Logic tells me a bird should not eat too much oatmeal in one sitting for fear of it absorbing the bird's fluids, swelling and clogging the digestive tract[/quote]
That's an urban legend, and totally untrue. Birds have been eating dry seeds for millions of years with no problems at all. They just drink some water to soak the food in.

Resin
bolino
Swanton, OH
(Zone 5b)

February 3, 2007
3:13 PM

Post #3152520

I threw a handful of the oatmeal on top of the snow, we'll see what happens today.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 3, 2007
3:39 PM

Post #3152653

I am sure it will be a welcome site when everything else is covered.
bolino
Swanton, OH
(Zone 5b)

February 3, 2007
4:12 PM

Post #3152771

I mixed it with bird seed. I also have a feeder.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 3, 2007
4:43 PM

Post #3152885

Referencing Resin's post above... http://davesgarden.com/forums/p.php?pid=3146003
Guess that is why they say 'eat like a bird'...they can't fill up, have to leave room for expansion! LOL!
Yeah, I need a nap. ;-)
Ginger_H
Fountain, FL
(Zone 8a)

February 3, 2007
8:48 PM

Post #3153757

In winter I mix peanut butter,bird seed and quick oats together and put it out for the birds...they LOVE it. In fact this afternoon I was putting some on a feeder outside my kitchen window and in his excitement a yellow rumped warbler landed on my hand! not sure which one of us was more surprised! LOL
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

February 3, 2007
9:00 PM

Post #3153798

wow what a treat Ginger for you lol
Ginger_H
Fountain, FL
(Zone 8a)

February 3, 2007
9:22 PM

Post #3153884

:-)))) The "butter butts" are soooo spoiled. If I'm in the screenroom and there is no mix on the PB feeders they look in my direction as if to say "Hey lady...your beer ain't going nowhere..now FEED us!!" and I always do even if I have to make more. Yup..that's me...Ginger_H the well trained.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

February 3, 2007
9:57 PM

Post #3154039

LOL, I can't stand it when they give you those looks!

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