Peanut Bird Feeders, Whole In Shell, Peanut Butter
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Nuts are favorite treat for wild birds. Peanut feeders are often made from wire or metal mesh specifically designed to be filled with peanuts or other nuts. Usually they do not have perches and are designed for clinging birds. Hanging or post mount.
Peanut bird Feeders
Peanut feeders are tube shaped and made from wire or metal mesh and specifically designed to be filled withpeanuts or other nuts. Most often they do not have perches and are designed for clinging birds such as woodpeckers. Penaut bird feeders are usually hanging, but some models may be post or pole mounted. Many of the woodpeckers are attracted to peanut feeders including the Pileated Woodpecker and will visit on a regular basis. Whole or crushed, unsalted peanuts can be used to attract a larger variety of birds to your feeding stations. Birds such as woodpeckers, jays, chickadees, titmice, bushtits, nuthatches, brown creepers, wrens, kinglets, northern mockingbirds, brown thrashers, starlings, and yellow-rumped and pine warblers will all visit nut feeders. The more types of bird food you supply, the more species of birds you will have visit your habitat.
If European Starlings are a problem at your bird feeders, a peanut feeder hung a distance away from your main bird feeder area can be used to divert them. Often they will stay occupied at a peanut feeder while the other birds feed at seed feeding stations.
Nuts should be shelled, dry-roasted, and unsalted. You may use peanuts in a shell however, not as many birds will remove the shells and they do make a mess. Peanut manufacturers and processors have now use the bird feeding market as a good place to get rid of the peanuts that are broken or otherwise unfit for human consumption but still meet bird feeding standards. Peanuts are a high energy food for birds good source of protein, fat and oil.
These feeders may be hung or pole mounted and require squirrel raccoon guards. Cleaning a peanut bird feeder is simple. They can be scrubbed with a stiff brush, hot water and dish soap. Do not use bleach on metal.
Other nuts to feed wild birds
You can use a peanut feeder for other types of nuts. Birds that will eat pecans are: red winged blackbird, bluebirds, indigo bunting, gray catbird, chickadee, cowbird, purple finch, American goldfinch, ruffed grouse, jays, juncos, ruby crowned kinglet, robin American, pins siskin, field sparrow, white crowned sparrow, hermit thrush, tufted titmouse, woodpeckers, Carolina wren and house wren. See also: Peanut, Nut Wild Bird Food as well as Compressed Seed Blocks.
Shelled peanuts may be served in wire mesh feeders, tube, or in tray, hopper and platform feeders. Special peanut feeders are available so that the birds that love them the most - woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, and nuthatches - have a better chance at getting them without other birds hogging feeders. These feeders are most often made of wire mesh without perches so that birds are required to cling to the sides in order to get at the nuts. This makes it more difficult for species like doves and sparrows to take over. However you offer them, some small bits of peanuts will find their way to the ground below the feeder where they'll be eaten up by all ground feeding species, making nuts a no waste food and easy to clean up after!
Nuts are an incredibly popular food at feeders. They are high in protein, oil, and fat, making them a perfect addition to the foods you offer the birds in your backyard, particularly during the winter when shorter days require birds to eat as much high energy food as they can in a shorter span of time. They provide an important high protein source to winter tired birds and help insect eating species who have a tougher time finding their natural food sources when tempratures drop.
Birds that love peanuts include cardinals, pyrrhuloxias, siskins,woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, finches, sparrows, wrens, woodpeckers, doves, juncos and jays.
>It ought to be mentioned that squirrels in all probability love peanuts even more than birds, so it's important to offer nuts in a feeder that is outfitted with a squirrel baffle to keep them accessing food supply. Peanuts can be subject to mold in hot, wet weather so only offer smaller bits at a time during summer months. Offer only as much as the birds can eat in a few days in warmer weather. Even during the winter we tend to fill our feeders to about a weeks worth of peanuts, but we live in southern climates where winters are not as harsh and tend to be wet. A hanging baffle over your peanut feeder to protect them from foul weather may be good idea depending on how often you fill feeders, even if the feeder is already hanging on a pole fitted with a squirrel baffle. Use common sense - if your winters are very cold, it is likely peanuts will last longer.