Not to put food out for the birds

(57 Posts)
babybarrister Wed 27-Jan-16 12:09:13

As the only takers are big fat pigeons who seem to chase everything else away and just crap all over our very small garden ....so much for the robins etc who don't seem to get a look in even though I have hung up nut things and fat ball things to attract them ...

It's the law of the jungle out there I tell you ....grin

liz70 Wed 27-Jan-16 12:16:29

What time are you putting stuff out at? Robins are often quite early to feed. Yes, pigeons eat a lot of ground feed but it's the only way robins and blackbirds feed so I do fill ground feeders. Pigeons can't access hanging seed feeders which sparrows, tits etc. use.

I get that it's irksome, but there's not a lot can be done, I'm afraid.

ChampaleSocialist Wed 27-Jan-16 12:18:16

Robins and blackbirds are meat eaters. Pigeons eat grains.
Put a roof over the table to keep the fat bastards off it, chuck some grain on the floor.

DrGoogleWillSeeYouNow Wed 27-Jan-16 12:18:20

Same here, pigeons get everything on the bird table and then stand guard and chase all the little birds away when they try and get to the fat balls.

babybarrister Wed 27-Jan-16 12:19:41

Thanks - I have one ground feeder and two hanging things which I figured would not be of interest to chunky pigeons but somehow they have managed to take over the garden - possibly the robins do come in earlier - I certainly hope so! I have seen a robin a couple of times but mainly it is the pigeons despite the death stares I give them

Tippytappytoes Wed 27-Jan-16 12:19:43

Encourage a pair of crows to visit, mine won't tolerate pigeons in the garden. Unfortunately they seem a little ambivalent about collard doves but the sparrow hawk is taking care of those.

liz70 Wed 27-Jan-16 12:20:32

Do you have hanging guards for your fat balls, that only let in small birds?

Paintedhandprints Wed 27-Jan-16 12:22:08

You can get a cage toput over ypur ground feeder. Allows the cute birds in, but keeps the flying rats and actual real rats away. wink

babybarrister Wed 27-Jan-16 12:26:23

I am not sure inner London is the ideal location for sparrow hawks but I guess they could also clear out some of the foul tiny handbag dogs around here ....

I am liking the idea of a hanging guard for my fat balls grin - frankly I am going to ditch the ground feeder as surely the only things that will feed from this are the bloody pigeons ?

Sanchar Wed 27-Jan-16 12:27:31

I have a feeding station stuffed to bursting with suet logs, seed feeders etc.
Pigeons can get the bits dropped on the ground and that's it! They can't land on the plastic feeders.

The only problem we have have are the screaming greedy fucker starlings😤😠😬

liz70 Wed 27-Jan-16 12:30:07

Unless as suggested above you get something like this:

Not cheap, though.

trufflehunterthebadger Wed 27-Jan-16 12:31:46

robins like stale, raw shortcrust pastry that has gone stale. crumble it up. my mum has tame robins and they all love it.

liz70 Wed 27-Jan-16 12:33:13

" the screaming greedy fucker starlings"

It's even worse when they're youngsters. A whole bloody lantern of fat balls emptied in seconds. angry

OttiliaVonBCup Wed 27-Jan-16 12:37:15

The messiest eaters are the gold finches.
They are so pretty though I don't mind.

The robins seem to pick up bits from the floor, same as the pigeons. Mind you my pigeons are so fat they might break the branches with the feeders.

evilgiraffe Wed 27-Jan-16 12:45:25

Starlings are in decline, aren't they? Let them have the fat balls!

hellsbellsmelons Wed 27-Jan-16 12:45:44

I got rats through feeding the birds.
I was told to stop it immediately.
The seeds and nuts fall on the floor and the rats have a constant supply of food.

liz70 Wed 27-Jan-16 12:46:23

"The robins seem to pick up bits from the floor"

Yes, robins like blackbirds are ground feeders. They don't cling or perch on hanging feeders.

Prettiest birds we ever had in the garden was a pair of waxwings.

liz70 Wed 27-Jan-16 12:48:09

The cats and foxes keep the rat population down here, I think.

evilgiraffe Wed 27-Jan-16 12:49:16

I'm right: Starlings are red listed

The pigeons I can sort of accept but the sodding squirrels what managed to get the top off the squirrel proof bird feeder are in my sights. As are the ridiculously noisy parakeets... I live in London not India

babybarrister Wed 27-Jan-16 12:53:43

So how do I attract the robins but not the pigeons?!

who not what

PotOfYoghurt Wed 27-Jan-16 12:56:10

Just don't let your husband eat the fat balls.

TaraCarter Wed 27-Jan-16 12:56:29

I don't know what exactly you've got out, but I strongly suspect that you haven't put out stuff robins will eat, if the pigeons are eating it.

Buy some mealworms.

Robins love mealworms. You can either get them live shock or dried. We put dried ones out, you can get them most places that sell bird food.

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