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Starling proof bird feeders
I have a large square strong wire fat ball feeder which is supposed to keep the large birds from stealing all the food. Unfortunately, starlings, being clever birds, have found that they can get their heads between the square holes and also peck at the food from the top. I fill up the feeder daily, thanks to them. I know starlings are endangered but there is plenty of other food on the feeder for them. Does anyone know where I can buy a FOOLPROOF anti starling fat ball feeder?
I've searched on the internet but there is nothing any larger than the one I already have.



I don't think there is one but if they are struggling why do you wish to deprive them of food. the food you put out for all the birds is of benefit to all of them. if the starlings are eating the fat balls then the other food is left for all the other birds.
they don't rationalise it. I 'm not keen on the pigeons but I cant stop them eating [even when they are eating flowers grrr:o( ]

2 Jul, 2016


There are other feeders for the starlings so I'm not depriving them but they clearly prefer fat balls these days. I'm happy to give them food, they're entertaining to say the least, but want them to leave some for the small birds which they aren't doing.

3 Jul, 2016


The answer is simple: Take down your fat-balls. Birds don't need fat at this time of year - they need the high energy that fat-balls provide during the cold winter months, not during the summer.

3 Jul, 2016


I have always fed my birds fat balls and since the RSPB has said to feed all year that's exactly what I do. So I have no intention of depriving the smaller birds.

3 Jul, 2016


I don't understand. I feed the birds all year round, but I only put fat out during the winter, when the birds need a high-energy boost. The rest of the year, they're fed on seeds and nuts, which starlings aren't nearly so interested in. Fat is not a food recommended by the RSPB at this time of year.

Here's a link you should find helpful:

3 Jul, 2016

How do I say thanks?

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