Another use for the 'mesh onion bags' is for putting peanuts in and hanging on trees or the eaves of your home. I have been doing this for years and enjoy watching the chickadees and woodpeckers as they cling to the bags and eat away at the peanuts (unsalted of course). The mesh should be the smaller holes but are just as easy to find as the other. Tie a loose knot and put any type of hanger through the knot. This may be used over and over again.
By Willi from Calgary, Canada
Please do not use mesh onion bags for the birds. I had used them for many years until a bird got its' leg tangled in one. I had a hard time trying to save the bird. The bird was so stressed out, as so was I. Good thing I was home when it happened. It was very cold and the poor thing would have froze or broke its' leg. Invest in the wire cages, they last forever and are safer then the mesh bags.
I know those mesh bags appear to be a good choice for using as feeders for our wildbirds, but please do not use them outside for anything pertaining to an animal which might get their feet caught in the mesh. They have caused so many birds to lose feet, toes and sometimes their entire legs. We once found a beautiful blue jay with its beak somehow caught in the mesh, and then in its struggle to get free must have become more entangled and the mesh ended around its neck.
Poor thing was too far gone for anyone to do anything at all. I also never put those plastic thingees that hold 6 packs of soft drinks in the trash or garbage without first cutting every single bit of it to pieces. So many birds and other small animals have become entangled in those too.
Plastic is a good thing, but it's not good when used in ways that hurt helpless animals. I'm sure you meant well and like you, I love feeding them. I enjoy their company all the time. Blue jays are wonderful entertainment.
The mockingbirds love raisins and can be trained to take them from your hands quite easily.
We use all platform feeders now. They are the safest way I know to feed and treat our feathered friends. We always set them up near trees. They're so easy to keep clean and best of all, they are safe. The nearby trees provide escape routes should they need one in a hurry.
Also lots of good clean fresh water in several different places in your yard and close to trees.
Hope this saves at least a few little animals' lives.
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