aveschapinas Posted February 5, 2019 Share Posted February 5, 2019 Hey WhatBirders! I've been hoping we'd get back online so you can help me. This handsome fellow (lady?) has decided to be my roommate, it seems. A few days ago I put some homemade granola on my wooden hanging platform feeder where I occasionally put scraps and stuff (it doesn't see a lot of action). The raisins I used for that batch of granola were all sandy and gritty and I wasn't eating it. Well, my new buddy has been hanging around every day and sleeping on the platform at night. It's not concerned by my presence - I can walk around, tend the garden, etc. and it stays there. It won't take food directly from me and flies a few yards away if I reach out towards it. It must be a domestic of some sort, right? My question is if it's OK to just keep leaving out food and water and let him live on my terrace. Does he need shelter at night? I do have an old parakeet cage I put out but I honestly don't know if he can even fit through the door if he was so inclined. Does he need some kind of box or other sleeping shelter? (Maybe not, since he hasn't decided to try to sleep under the eaves or in another potected place?) The feeder is under an overhang, although it doesn't rain this time of year. I'm happy to have him hanging around but I'm not prepared to set up a full aviary or dovecote for him. I've left more granola (I make it with oats, which he doesn't seem to eat; chopped peanuts; sunflowers seeds; sesame seeds; raisins; and very small amounts of unrefined cane sugar and cooking oil). I've also left some romaine lettuce and chopped broccoli, celery, and snow peas, and a little piece of banana. And a little bit of parakeet seed. I can get millet and sunflower seeds in the shell (homemade granola is a kind of expensive food for him) but no wild bird food available here. He does leave for short periods, so I guess he´s also foraging elsewhere. Thanks for any help or suggestions! 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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