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MEALWORMS!!!!!! HELP!!!!!!
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seb-mac



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a cage feeder with 32mm round entrance holes. They were around 45mm square but the starlings could get in. So had to adjust it, i know the tits will get in but not sure the robin will. Any suggestions?
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seb-mac



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just wondering, there is a bowl in the cage feeder. So what happens when it rains and the bowl with the mealworms in fills up? Any1 help me
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Strixaluco



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seb-mac wrote:
I have a cage feeder with 32mm round entrance holes. They were around 45mm square but the starlings could get in. So had to adjust it, i know the tits will get in but not sure the robin will. Any suggestions?

Keep watch, and see what happens - if he can't get in, try experimenting with the hole size.

Robins can get into our caged mealworm feeder - the holes are 35mm wide and 40mm high.

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seb-mac



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Elizabeth, do you think a starling could get in a 40mm round hole?
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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seb-mac wrote:
Thank you Elizabeth, do you think a starling could get in a 40mm round hole?

Well the RSPB suggest a hole of 45mm for a starling nest box, and we've found that the dimensions they give for blue and great tits are too small - so you should be OK with a 40mm hole.

They can certainly get into an oval hole of 46mm by 35mm - if you scroll down through this thread you'll see photos of one doing this. However, it was a desperate parent that had a very noisy family of youngsters, all clamouring for food!

http://forum.biggonline.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=36274

It didn't get another chance - my modification worked! Very Happy

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seb-mac



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Little help, a hung my cage feeder on my feeding station. I have been away for a week, when i get back the mealworms are swimming in water. I dont know if any birds had manaed to get in and eat any. Anyway i drained them out and put them back in. Good idea, bad idea? How can i minimise the rain getting in, is hanging it from the station the best idea
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Oneflewover



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same problem as well, thank you for the words of advice, hopefully things will get a little better now
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Angelo



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought I show my solution. Strong tape on top to keep dry and customize the holes (picture self explainatory ) you decide who to feed mealworms to
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The robins come and feed in the garage where nobody else seems to have the courage to enter. The Black birds couple come and eat when I call them in the morning
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mrsrossy



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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

having mealworm problems here too Sad

I bought live mini mealworms for Bessie and Bobby to feed the chicks but as yet they aren't taking them.

I've been putting them out for 3 days now. I have the Gardman mealworm feeding station and I have put some in a takeaway tray that I have pinned to the bird table.

They have been pretty much ignored, but today they are landing on the feeder and table, looking at the mealworms, but not taking Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes I though they would be really going for them as they have 4 (3 still to hatch) little hatchlings to feed.

Even have 2 robins coming and going and I thought they would love them too but alas, so far, no interest.


Don't know what else to do Crying or Very sad
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mrsrossy



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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...... and I'm not getting any housework done because I am always looking at the nestbox cam or the bird table Laughing Laughing Laughing

Since the chicks were born this week, I have become a serial housework ignorer!! Wink
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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mrsrossy wrote:
...... and I'm not getting any housework done because I am always looking at the nestbox cam or the bird table Laughing Laughing Laughing

Since the chicks were born this week, I have become a serial housework ignorer!! Wink

Welcome to the SHI club! : Roll on the floor laughing

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