Does it matter what kind I set out? I just bought a bag of salted dry roasted in shell peanuts. Is this ok or do I need something else?
Kelly in Illinois
I don't think salt is good for the birds. I purchased a bag of plain peanuts in the shell from a pet supply store (that is now out of business). The Blue Jays love them, but so do the Grackles.
Well I guess I will take them back or eat them ourselves. I do have farm type stores around so I will check there for no salt peanuts.
Some grocery stores sell peanuts in the bulk bins in the produce aisles. Ours has both salted and unsalted. That's where we get the peanuts for our African grey parrot who would have a coronary if he saw HIS peanuts going to the outdoor birds. LOL
Around here you can buy the peanuts for the birds in the shell or without the shell at Fleet Farm in the bird area. I buy in bulk and shrink wrap them in smaller bags and I get them from the co-op in another town.
I did some checking online, and i read that birds, like us, do need some salt in their diet. But too much, like us, is bad for them. But how much is too much for a bird? Since they are not mammals, are small, have a rapid metabolism and a 'unique physiology', i would play it safe and offer the un-salted peanuts:
-Buy it in bulk amounts from those large open bins in most grocery stores, as stated by others above. It's much cheaper!
I would steer clear of the salted ones; but that's just me. Why take a chance?
I too buy in bulk from a feed store near by. I get the "raw" shelled peanuts... the birds love them! I put them in a wire circular feeder and the birds spend hours just pecking away! Just be careful where and how you store them... we kept the 25lb bag in a closet near the door. They developed meal moths... needless to say, I moved them out side into a metal can. After five years, we're still getting an occasional moth in the house:(
I get roasted unsalted peanuts in the shell from the grocery store for the squirrels. If the Blue Jays are around they always are faster than the squirrels though!
Pat ~ WC WI
I buy the roasted unsalted peanuts in the shell in the produce section of our grocery store. Some places sell them in the bulk food aisle, too. Much cheaper. I do buy the shelled peanuts for a small peanut feeder I have at Tractor Supply Store. Getting too expensive for them now, though.
Probably the salted ones you have won't hurt them. In the winter birds eat road salt along the edge of the road after the salt/sand trucks go by. It helps their digestive system. The sand is good grit for them. Just remember to buy the unsalted ones next time.
Let every day be a good day!
It is probably best to use unsalted. I purchase shelled, roasted peanuts with no salt at a local farm and feed store. I just got a 50# bag last night. Not a bad price either $34.00/50#
It is kind of strange. They charge more for the in shell peanuts than they do for the shelled. I don't know why.
I get the ones in the shell from the grocery store for the bluejays and squirrels roasted and unsalted. The ones not in the shell that I put in the peanut feeders for the woodpeckers I get at Wild Birds Unlimited.
Does that feed store sell on line? I'm from Ohio and the best price I can get for shelled raw peanuts (I have to roast them myself) is $1.25/LB. You got a great deal.
I bought 2 bags of Unsalted peanuts today at our local Jay C Foods Store, they had them on sale 2 bags for $3.00. Was starting to run low on them, so I grabbed some up.
Our Bluejays and Titmouse really seem to enjoy them as well as the Black Capped Chickadees and Cardinals. The Red Bellied Wood Peckers also like them.
Here is a BlueJay taking off with one.
Unsalted Peanuts for sure. Here's a Blue Jay visiting my yard.
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