What exactly is it that makes peanuts one of the most sought
after treats of the wildlife community? An underground tuber,
the peanut is just about as appealing as nuts from trees. It is
a high protein, high-energy food and is an excellent source of
served in the shell are excellent for strong billed birds,
woodpeckers, blue jays, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, and even
crows. Grackles make an honest effort to get inside the brittle
shell, often unsuccessful, even after trying soaking them in the
birdbath. Offer them on bird tables, in a mesh bag, or strung on
a string. The latter two will ensure that the nuts are eaten and
not taken away and cached for eating later. Birds store nuts
because they are nutritious and keep well. Unshelled raw peanuts
are equally popular. The smaller, red skinned Spanish peanut is
a good choice for feeders designed for this purpose. Fashioned
primarily of hardware cloth, and into a tube like shape, it is
very popular with the Downey Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse,
Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch and the Carolina
Wren. There is virtually no waste when using this type of
feeder. Hanging from 3 to 5 feet above the ground, it provides
protection, against predators, while the birds are feeding.
suet and peanut butter mixtures are also very popular. There are
many good ones available commercially, or you can make your own.
Woodpeckers, especially are attracted to both of these great
peanuts or any type of seed or nut, be aware that mold can be
deadly to birds. I cannot stress enough the importance in
keeping your feeders clean and free from mold, especially in
cold, wet weather. Do not ever feed wild birds or any other
wildlife food that is already moldy. Peanuts could contain
mycotoxin mold if they have not been properly processed or
stored. Buy only first quality peanuts from reputable sources.
Raw peanuts are best, but roasted will not hurt the birds.
Refrain from feeding wild birds salted nuts.
peanuts too! Please provide an area for them to enjoy this
wonderful treat. A munch box is a great feature to add to your
habitat. It will not only keep the squirrels from misbehaving,
but also keep the birds from making off with all the goodies. At
less than $15, it is a good investment when you consider it will
save your birdfeeders from destruction. Chipmunks will also
forage for peanuts.