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Docter Robert
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:27 am    Post subject: Bird feeders and rodents Reply with quote

Hi
The various tips and comments on here have inspired me to do more for our bird friends inthe garden but I have a question regarding bird feeders. Are rodents attracted in any way to the seed / nuts etc that fall to the ground from the feeders ?
Or is there a special mix that birds like but are unattractive to the mice ?

Thanks in advance, Doctor Robert.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If rodents are a worry then using a platform bird feeder will allow very little seed to fall to earth. Get or make yourself a good wide table and the rodents will be unable to climb it.



See an earlier thread about them here Docter Robert....... Platform bird feeders

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers GPI, Thats a great idea.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry not been around much--terrible problems with the Fairymount signal--another problem i had with feeders was rodents climbing the trees to get to seed feeders---hang the feeders by fishing line -they can't manage to get to the seed
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

corfiot wrote:
Sorry not been around much--terrible problems with the Fairymount signal--another problem i had with feeders was rodents climbing the trees to get to seed feeders---hang the feeders by fishing line -they can't manage to get to the seed


Those damn faries. Very Happy But seriously I feel your pain as my connection is flakey at the best of times, then I come back here to a backlog of new posts. Good Idea about the fishing line, but would it be worth giving it a quick wipe with a paint brush just to prevent entanglement of passing birds with bad eyesight. Wink I swear we do so much for these birds they should be paying rent.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SB---i use green fishing line so there are no problems----you could also use a fly line and they come in some really bright colours.
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