Mealworms


(Ohio)

I have 4 feeding stations. 2 in the back yard and 2 in the frontyard. I live in a 1 acre heavily wooded lot.


On each station is either sunflower seeds, suet or mixed cheap seeds. Each feeding station has at least 3 feeders on them. I have one in the rear yard that has cheap seeds, and the other in the rear yard has more cheap mixed seeds plus a tray for mealworms and one for jelly and peanut suet nuggets.

The front yard feeding station has sunflower hopper feeder, and the other station has nyger seed feeders. These 4 feeder stations are separated by at least 20 feet from each other. But I can not get my birds to eat the mealworms or the jelly or oranges? Any reason why they won't eat mealworms?


Comment

The answer may well be that you live in a heavily wooded area. There are probably lots of deliciously fresh, plump worms, tent caterpillars, etc for the birds to eat, in the nearby trees. For a bird, this is as delicious as homemade ice cream.
And you want them to eat those bugs that might otherwise infest the trees.
Your mealworms might be more popular in the winter.

Jelly and oranges are favored by orioles.

Good birding! Susan

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