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Will birds eat oatmeal?

Toledo, OH(Zone 6a)

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???

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

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.

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Yes, no problem

Resin

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

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

Phoenix, AZ

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.

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Quoting:
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

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

Toledo, OH(Zone 6a)

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

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

I am sure it will be a welcome site when everything else is covered.

Toledo, OH(Zone 6a)

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

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

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. ;-)

Fountain, FL(Zone 8a)

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

Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

wow what a treat Ginger for you lol

Fountain, FL(Zone 8a)

:-)))) 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.

Marlton, NJ

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

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