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Old 02-13-2020, 08:44 AM
 
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I have a bird feeder in my backyard and a dome that protects it from the rain. The bird feeding station also comes with a small bowl that goes on the bottom but it cannot be protected by the rain so many times I have to throw away the bird seeds since the birds don't eat it when the food is wet. I bought a tray that is non toxic and put it under the porch but then some of that food gets on the cement. What can I use to put under this tray that is safe and non toxic? I read that even cardboard boxes are toxic. What about a big rug? Are rugs toxic too if the birds eat from it? This would mean they might end up eating the yarn from the rug too...
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Old 02-15-2020, 03:18 PM
 
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Why is seed on the cement a problem? Just sweep it off. What about putting a large plastic door mat underneath the feeder? Just shake the seeds off of it occasionally. Many rugs left outdoors will rot (mold/mildew are toxic to birds) if they get damp and contain any natural fibers.
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Old 02-17-2020, 01:22 AM
 
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Buy suet cakes for them. The seeds are immersed into a lard and don't get wet during the rain. Birds love it.

To save money you could make some at home (I do). Just mix the seed mix into lard, cool in the fridge to solidify and place in the feeder. Easy.

https://youtu.be/GXgAfecXo28
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Old 02-17-2020, 11:23 AM
 
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Why is seed on the cement a problem? Just sweep it off. What about putting a large plastic door mat underneath the feeder? Just shake the seeds off of it occasionally. Many rugs left outdoors will rot (mold/mildew are toxic to birds) if they get damp and contain any natural fibers.
1. Wind blows it and gives me more work.
2. The birds crap on the cement.
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Old 02-17-2020, 11:26 AM
 
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Buy suet cakes for them. The seeds are immersed into a lard and don't get wet during the rain. Birds love it.

To save money you could make some at home (I do). Just mix the seed mix into lard, cool in the fridge to solidify and place in the feeder. Easy.

https://youtu.be/GXgAfecXo28
The bird food is on small bowls that came with bird feeder. Those bowls are on top of the tray so wind can't blow it. I need something to put under it.
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Old 02-17-2020, 01:11 PM
 
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an old golf umbrella ..


or a plastic salad bowl
bilagaana -- How to Make a Cheap Bird Feeder Rain Shield


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Old 02-17-2020, 04:47 PM
 
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1. Wind blows it and gives me more work.
2. The birds crap on the cement.
Well, there's a trade off here. If you attract seed eating birds to feeders you are going to have some clean up. If this creates such a problem for you don't feed them! No more seed, no more crap. I'm sure there's plenty of other food in the neighborhood. If you like birds around there are other ways to encourage them. Provide reliable clean water, plant perennial shrubs that offer shelter, nesting sites, berry, nectar, or flower food instead of seed.

It always amazes me how poorly designed many bird feeders are right out of the box.
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Old 02-17-2020, 05:13 PM
 
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an old golf umbrella ..


or a plastic salad bowl
bilagaana -- How to Make a Cheap Bird Feeder Rain Shield


Some of these seed trays might give you some DIY ideas. Hang a Hula hoop with windowscreen glued across it to catch the seed? Water drains helping to keep the seed drier.

https://www.duncraft.com/index/page/...ders/?view_all

There is a larger tough as nails "squirrel baffle" available for hanging feeders that keeps a larger area underneath dry, but if you get much wind it will get tossed around a lot! We get a lot of rain and snow here so I like the size aspect. No way something as flimsy as an umbrella would stand up to our weather. However, whenever the forecast predicts anything but a breeze I end up taking it down. Acts as a pretty efficient wind sail that has "helped" my expensive tube feeders self destruct a number of times. It clanks, bangs, and knocks itself against the hanging pole too. The dome style guards work their way loose, fall, and break.

https://www.duncraft.com/XL-Hanging-Squirrel-Baffle
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