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Sam&Stu



Joined: 23 Apr 2010
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 7:41 pm    Post subject: What food for new chicks Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

We have had 7 blue titis born today in our nest box.
We would like to give Mum & Dad a helping hand, so what is the best feed to put out, and how close should it be to the nest??

Thanks

Sam & Stu
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Kit



Joined: 25 Sep 2005
Posts: 2547
Location: Nottingham

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes blue tits will take mealworms, and sometimes they just won't I don't think anyone really understands quite why. I've twice had the distressing experience of seeing chicks dying of hunger whilst mealworms were on offer in the garden, but the parent birds just didn't recognise them as food. Blue tits prefer small green caterpillars, and hopefully yours will be able to find enough of them to raise their family successfully. You could try mealworms, but feeding them isn't straightforward especially if you have starlings visiting you! They'll scoff the lot in seconds unless you put them in some sort of caged feeder. Maybe see how things go before trying it?
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Neil



Joined: 30 Mar 2007
Posts: 107
Location: Staffs

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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sam&Stu

The blue tits (and other tits which i have seen a big increase so far this year) that i see in my garden mainly take suet pellets, sunflower chips and peanut granules from hanging feeders, whichever you decide to try i would'nt put them close to the nest, and as Kit says if you want to try mealworms you will need to use a caged feeder, but in my garden it took near enough 2 years before any birds (apart from starlings) recognised they were food (maybe it's because they don't naturally occur in the food chain) but once they do then adore them.
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Trevor



Joined: 24 Mar 2006
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Location: nr glastonbury

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have fed mealworms for the last 2 years in a caged feeder the bluetits great tits and the robin all seem happy to take them this year i have 3 great tits and four blue tits all fighting for them
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