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Mailbag Monday: Pumpkins for Birds

By October 31, 2011

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It's that time of week again, when I answer a reader's bird-related question, and there is no better question to share on this Halloween than the one Kay from Texas has asked...

"After Halloween, will birds eat pumpkins that have been carved? I hate to just throw them out!"

Some birds will eat the flesh of pumpkins, but there are other ways to recycle pumpkins for the birds. A carved pumpkin bird feeder is simple to make from a pumpkin that has already been carved for Halloween, or you can try a pumpkin bird feeder bouquet, even if the pumpkin has a face. Any pumpkins that haven't been cut can be used to make instant pumpkin bird feeders. If your birds aren't keen on pumpkins, you can always add them to a compost pile to make natural fertilizer and rich soil for spring, or you can offer them as a treat to your other backyard wildlife friends!

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Photo Rich Bowen

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