The question – Can birds eat grapes? Can conures eat grapes? Can cockatiels eat grapes, has been popping up in our mail box lately.
The short answer is Yes! Birds can eat grapes. Grapes are healthy and perfectly acceptable for wild birds to eat.
If you like, you can tempt wild birds into your garden with red or white grapes. Ensure you prepare them by washing before serving to the birds, as well as excluding the rotten ones.
For instance, In the UK, wild birds will prefer to feed on grapes if left out in the garden. Keep them whole but cutting them in half will release the sweet tasting juices that might help you attract the birds to your lawn or table.
What Birds Eat Grapes
All fruit loving birds will eat grapes but the ones that love it the most are Tits, Blackbird, and Thrushes.
Coal Tits while preferring to feed on peanut feeder will fancy nearby grapes. This is also true for Blue Tits birds.
Now, it is important that these will attract Starlings – which may deter other birds from visiting your backyard garden; if you get regular visits from Starlings, wait until they’re not around before laying out the grapes for small garden birds only.
The Blackbird being part of the Thrush family love to eat grapes too, and shouldn’t be hard to notice in the crowd with their orange beak.
Speaking of the Thrush family, look out for the white, black spotted underside of the Mistle Thrush that naturally feed on berries in the wild, you just might get them to start visiting your yard for a bite.
Do White Or Red Grapes Matter?
There is a minimal difference in red and white grapes which makes both appealing and acceptable to wildlife, so wild birds will bite the grape irrespective of color.
You may discover that laying both red and white grapes on the feeding tray, the birds may take a liking to one than the other, preferring the color of the red, to the green/white tinge because of its brightness.
If birds visiting your garden that snack on grapes in the wild or farm crops constantly at that period of the year, then they may stick to that type in your garden.
Small Quantity For Quick Snack
If you’ve left out a constant supply of bird food within the feeders or the table, chances are they may neglect the grapes all together.
So feed them grapes only when the feeders are empty and there’s no food laying around your yard – including any wild fruits growing in your garden.
In your hands, take some handful and place them in your garden where you can spot them going and coming, observing whether they’re taking to the grapes or not.
As soon as supply begins to hit the red bar, only the hand out a bunch more on top of the current pile.
If they never even attempt to bit all through the day, then it might be wise to remove the grapes, wash the surface if possible, and forget about it until another time.
Grapes Nutritional Value to Your Pet Bird
All fruits you and I can eat are often acceptable for wild birds, and well far less value, they so offer a minimal quantity of nutritional value.
And there’s zero fat content in grapes which means no cholesterol build up.
Only a small amount of calories so not any good if they’re building up fat content, but calories all the same which they do not need.
Excellent source of vitamin K and C, which is perfect for people and beneficial to wild birds in terms of the vitamins they need for that energy boost.
There’s also a small quantity of minerals in copper, which should have no effect on them whatsoever.
How to prepare Grapes for Wild Birds
Prepare grapes as if you would be eating them yourself.
Generally, you would want to remove grapes from the vines, then one by one checking them over to ensure they are in good health with no rotten ones, before popping them into a big pint glass.
Well in the glass, it makes for a good washing area; fill grapes with water then mix thoroughly around, taking extra caution to remove all bits.
After which you empty a glass of water then repeat the process two to three more times.
Dab try with paper towel, then head to the garden to find a suitable spot that won’t pick up nasty foliage and dirt.
On The Bird Table
Clean, try and whole grapes should generally be put on the bird table, sitting on the surface with nothing else around them.
If your bird table is a busy one then it won’t take long before Blackbirds or even Tits stop by, but if it’s not that busy you need to wait.
Grapes in the Bird Feeder
Do not be discouraged if you don’t have a bird feeder of any sort available as you don’t need to feed wild birds grapes from bird feeders.
That includes single feeders on a tree branch or a bracket, on an assortment of hanging feeders on a pole system.
If you have an empty peanut feeder at hand, experiment by filling it with a number of grapes, to see if that will interest a larger number of birds that don’t usually feed on fruit.
We’ve recommended peanut/nut feeder only, as the metal mesh wiring will make it extra simple for all bird species to nibble through the gaps.
And as Tits take to the peanut feeder more often and do prefer peanuts above all else, they will head to this feeder so it might be a good idea to tempt them with grapes.
If this does not work, you should fill the feeder with peanuts, then use a handful of grapes to top up the feeder the rest of the way.
On A Hanging Tray
Everything is purely experimental and might work or not work for you. It is not totally safe to say that the wild birds will eat grapes off the hanging bird feeder tray.
Hanging off the pole station along with the assorted feeders for birds, the mesh design tray features the “cool spot” to drop some grapes as the birds sit around the edge, inspecting the juicy fruit.
If you want you could take this an hanging bird tray and replace the flower basket by hooking it up to a strong tree branch or the wall bracket.
Around the garden
If they’re not feeding on the bird feeding tray or table, carefully position a handful of grapes on the ground to see if they would snack on them from your feeder.
Do not give in to the temptation of cutting them up and throwing over the ground, this will quickly attract unwanted attention from blackbirds, bugs, insects, or rodents.
If you do not have rat infestation, it might be fine to proceed.
If you must chop up the grapes, only cut them in half as this size should be sufficient enough for them to eat or sip. Any smaller and it quickly turns to mush as they feed.
As soon as you cut the grapes in half, try to scatter them around the garden on hard, smooth, open surfaces that can be washed after use.
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