Dealing with Blackbirds

Dealing with Blackbirds

Sometimes you just have too many blackbirds (European Starlings and Common Grackles). They can eat more than their share of food and chase other birds away. However, you can be a seasonally savvy hobbyist by anticipating the arrival of your problem birds and implementing the following solutions to keep these birds from monopolizing your feeders.

The Right Food

We offer a variety of foods to help you deal with nuisance birds at your feeders.

  • Feed Safflower seed. European Starlings and Common Grackles cannot crack the hard shell of this seed, but your seed-eating Cardinals, Chickadees, Titmice and House Finches have no problem dealing with the harder shell.
  • Offer only pure rendered suet cakes as European Starlings often ignore them. Starlings are attracted to the other ingredients (like peanuts) in suet-blend cakes more than just plain suet.
  • Don't offer foods containing cracked corn and millet that are favorites of House Sparrows, European Starlings, Rock Pigeons, Common Grackles and other blackbirds.

Feeder Solutions

  • Deter larger birds from visiting your existing feeder by adding an On-Guard™ wire mesh cage. Our On-Guard solutions are designed to allow smaller birds access but prevent doves, pigeons and even blackbirds from reaching the food in a feeder. We offer a variety of cages that easily fit on our seed tube, finch, peanut, suet and other specialty feeders.

Solution Feeders

We offer a variety of feeders that help you feed only the birds you want.

  • Upside-down Suet Feeders - These feeders are designed to allow birds to feed from below, a comfortable practice for woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees and other clinging birds but difficult for starlings.
  • The Eliminator™ and Fundamentals Squirrel-proof feeders. Both of these feeders are weight-sensitive and will close off access to the food when heavier visitors, such as pigeons and most doves, sit on a perch.



Safflower Seed

If you are looking to be more exclusive with your bird feeding, Safflower may be the solution for you. Many of your favorite birds will enjoy safflower, yet blackbirds, grackles and squirrels typically don’t.

Avilable in 5# and 20# bags. Also available in our seed cylinder blocks.

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Simply Suet

Our Simply Suet is pure suet with nothing else added. It can also deter nuisance birds, such as European Starlings. We recommend using it in cooler temperatures or in the shade, as it will melt easier than other suet products.

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Bird Feeders to Deter Blackbirds

WBU Eliminator Feeder

Our WBU Eliminator squirrel-proof feeder can also help deter Grackles and European Starlings. The weight-sensitive spring can be adjusted to close with the weight of larger birds. 

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On-guard Cover for Tube Feeders

The On-guard Tube Feeder Cover is 10" in diameter with 1-1/2 " square openings. It fits any of our WBU seed tube feeders to keep out troublesome critters, such as starlings, doves, pigeons and squirrels.

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EcoTough Upside-down Suet Feeder

Keep European Starlings and Grackles out of your suet with an upside-down suet feeder. Smaller birds and woodpeckers have no problem clinging to the cage to feed. It can also help to deter House Sparrows and squirrels. 

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