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Old 10-08-2019, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Carolina Shores NC
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Probably dry. The look of them already turns my stomach slightly, I don't know if I could handle "wet" (shudder)
Just wait till you smell’em I’m talking about dry ones too. My bluebirds absolutely love and devour them! I’m busy filling the feeder all winter.
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Old 10-08-2019, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I discovered the real thief one night when I flipped on the porch lights to see a racoon sitting on my porch rail grabbing the feeder.
That's why I have to bring my feeders in every night. In my case, I flipped on the light and went out to chase the racoon off. He just sat there and looked at me with a snarl. He finally crawled off the railing and then off the deck. I decided to not press my luck and started bringing the feeders in after dark.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I have a baffle large enough that a raccoon can't get around it to the food. The other thing is to make sure your feeders are not close enough to a tree or anything else the animals can jump from.
I have tried the meal worms out of a cage type feeder. It seemed that they blew away, from a slight breeze, more than birds eating the dried worms. I gave up on those. I think I will try the nuggets this winter. Sounds interesting.
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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This past spring I purchased this mealworm block and the metal holder at Lowes:

National Audubon Society 20-oz Signature Harvest Mealworm Treat Cake. Sells for $10.48 and I cannot locate it anywhere else. It is much larger than the standard suet cake.

For the first time in 30 years, I have about 5 bluebirds! They LOVE the block/cake! One female even set up a nest in my new bluebird box I purchased on Amazon. I was just watching them bathe in the birdbath, and fly around 2 evenings ago. Such pretty blue and copper!

I also get lots of other birds at the sunflower seed feeders. And the dog loves to chase the squirrels if they get too close.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Cary NC
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I've seen several bluebirds at my cheap suet feeder, I have the hot pepper suet to deter any squirrels.
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Old 10-15-2019, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I have the hot pepper suet to deter any squirrels.
I have tried the hot pepper suets, as well directly putting cayenne pepper in feeders, and neither slow down the squirrels. In theory, it should work, but I have not had any luck with it.
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Old 10-22-2019, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Cary NC
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So far it's working for me they seem satisfied to eat the bird seed spillage on the ground from my other feeder, but maybe my squirrels are lazy!
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Old 10-24-2019, 03:35 PM
 
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We like Wild Birds unlimited. Multiple locations in Triangle.
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Old 10-24-2019, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We like Wild Birds unlimited. Multiple locations in Triangle.

Very nice store dog in the Crescent Commons store location, too.
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