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While shopping around in the store today, I walked through the snack food isle and noticed some pretty cheap snack seeds. In particular a nice bag of salted sunflower seeds, and also some salted peanuts in the shell.
Is it okay to put both out for Birds and Squirrels? Or would the salt hurt them?
As far as I know most of the salt is on the outside of the shells, and they would only eat the inside hearts of the seed...
Sometimes the human snack food is much cheaper than the bird food. ha.
Check out a Feed Store for different economical wildbird mixes. Even try PetSmart. I just bought a 40# bag at PetSmart yesterday for $7.99 and it has everything in it for a wide variety of birds.
Thanks for the tip.
I've never been in a TSC, but I've seen a few over in Memphis and around.
I heard that - about feeding the birds.
Although I've had more Cardinals this year, I've also had a lot of Sparrows.
I've learned a trick though...
The Cardinals come very early, while it's still dark, so I leave some feed out at night for them.
They and the White Crowned Sparrows also come back late.
Late to bed and early to rise does pay off for some. :^)
I'm glad that I asked. I'll just throw the stale peanuts away.
Do I have any snow here? Oh wow...do I ever. We're just cleaning up from the latest storm which dumped about 6". Since the temps are finally creeping above zero today, I should probably go out and shovel. As far as I'm concerned, when the temps are below zero (and the wind is whipping in off of the lake) that the fallen snow can just sit right where it is. The dry fluffy snow isn't as heavy as the wetter variety, but the fullfy stuff just gets blown right back in your face. Can you tell that I'm sick of winter? I keep telling myself that lots of snow is good. It is insulating all of my perennials very nicely, and it should keep the frost from going deep enough to freeze my drain field again.
Meet Buddy, who likes the snow as long as the walk is shoveled...
Wish we had some snow. We need it. I find unsalted whole peanuts in the shell and the Blue Jays love them! It also keeps them away from the other feeders - for a short time. Other birds like the whole peanuts, too - crows, grackles, starlings etc:
Squirrels also go for the peanuts. We have a squirrel area away from the other feeders and it works until they devour it! Some of "our" squirrels much prefer the good stuff and won't go near their area - my daughter says we have the fattest squirrels she's ever seen. Through the years I've learned to like them!!!
We also have a deer (and whatever else) area with licks and corn. We are in a semi-rural area (used to be very rural) on 5 acres and see so much wildlife! It's a real treat. We do be wary when the bear comes and the coyotes.