Stop feeding whole nuts loose - now
Peanuts for wild birds, should not be fed loose from now on.
This is the time of year when it is appropriate to stop feeding whole peanuts for birds
unless they are contained in a mesh feeder or you grind them down to a granulated form.
If a bird picks up a whole peanut from a bird feeding table, then they can take it back to the nest and feed it to the young chicks and this is a high risk for choking the chick. Whereas, if you feed through a mesh feeder the parent can only pick up small bites at a time and will only take tiny pieces of nut back to the wild bird nest.
You can of course buy granulated peanuts
at our on-line shop. Or you can buy a mix that contains peanut granules, like our No Grow premium mix, ideal at this time of year for as the name suggests, it will not germinate in your garden. Consisting of mainly Sunflower Hearts for birds, with Suet Pellets for birds and a smiging of Granulated peanuts for wild birds, this mix is a year round favourite.
If you find yourself with a lot of whole peanuts, there are a couple of things you can do to use them. You can feed them through a mesh feeder, you could take them in the kitchen and blend them in a food processor, or you could even break them up with a hammer! - the important thing is not to put whole peanuts out for birds from now on.
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Feed granulated peanuts, or whole peanuts only through a mesh feeder in order to prevent chicks choking in the nest if the parent brings them a whole peanut.[/caption]