Feed the Birds From the Garden

One of 27 of my hens that heads straight for the bird feeders as soon as the hen house door is opened.
One of 27 of my hens that heads straight for the bird feeders as soon as the hen-house door is opened.
Part of the bird feeding station.
Part of the bird feeding station.

I love feeding the wild birds in our back yard during the winter.  There’s just so many species that flock to the feeders all during the day including my chickens!

 

I have 10 feeders in the back yard and the wild birds depend on me during the winter months when they can’t find seeds and other food.  I use black oil sunflowers that we raise in our garden, wild bird feed from our local farm supply store, and saved grease from my kitchen which I save in foil pans and stick in the freezer all year round.  We also dry any leftover sweet corn from the garden.  I pick it, shuck it and air dry it in our grainery and then place in mesh bags which are stored in lidded trash cans until feeding time.  I put the corn on a squirrel feeder and the birds and squirrels love it.  We had such an abundance of corn leftover after freezing for ourselves and sharing with our family, friends and neighbors.  I hate waste and the birds love it and so do my rabbits.

Sweet corn dried from the garden and now feeds the birds and squirrels. They love it!
Sweet corn dried from the garden and now feeds the birds and squirrels. They love it!

 

 

 

Another feeder in the back yard.
Another feeder in the back yard.
The wildbirds scratch it out on the ground which the ground feeders love and so do the chickens!
The wild birds scratch it out on the ground which the ground feeders love and so do the chickens!  The bucket holds walnuts that I gathered in the fall, dried and de-hulled for the squirrels.  The bluejay like them too.  The metal feeder, box feeder w/gallon jar and the gourd feeder are all handmade.  At the back-end of the station is another handmade feeder with four sections which the wrens prefer over the others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

14 thoughts on “Feed the Birds From the Garden”

  1. Hi Rita!
    I was excited to see your comment on my blog today. I appreciate you checking out my little corner of the blogoshere.

    I must say I’m glad you found me, so I can follow your blog! After reading a couple posts, I can tell we have a lot in common.

    I never paid much attention to birds until last spring. I took an art class that involved birds. I got 2 feeders and put them outside my kitchen window. I really enjoyed watching the little feathered friends, even the Hubby started watching the birds! Looks like you are a bird enthusiast and get to see a lot of varieties. Fun!

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    1. I quit feeding them when the bugs return in late spring. I know then they can find lots of protein out there in the grass. When the Carolina Wren is getting fat on spiders it’s time to pull the feeders, clean and put away for the next cold spell. I put my hummingbird feeders out on April 15th every year and the hummers are back within that week unless we have an usually warm spring that come early!

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  2. Interesting on feeding the birds in winter. Where I now live, the feeding of native birds is taboo!!!!
    There is plenty of food for them and the Honey eaters and the loorikeets
    have a fun day in my bottle brush tree – virtually all day long. From the crack of dawn until dusk they squawk their heads off with my “deligthful
    dinosaur looking water dragon lizards watching them. However the broom comes to the fore with my ugly and cheeky looking dinosaurs.
    Are you sure you don’t want me to put some into quarantine and export them to you for scientific research ??? (Just a wicked Aussie sense of humour to the fore).
    What a tennis match at the AO last night – according to reports the now record watched sporting event ever. Such a pity that in tennis you can’t have a draw………. anyhow I will now get some earlier bed time!!
    Cheers
    Your Aussie mate
    Colin

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