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Sunflower bird feeder

Sunflower closeup

In a perfect world our chickens would get most of the sunflower seeds we grow, but the local bird population usually takes a major chunk before the seeds get a chance to finish drying.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Have you ever tried tying a plastic shopping bag over the head as it matures?
Comment by Faith T Mon Aug 11 13:14:56 2014
Faith --- Interesting suggestion! Have you tried it? It seems like the bag might hold in too much moisture or make the head get too hot, but it would be worth an experiment.
Comment by anna Mon Aug 11 15:05:32 2014
I thought it was a paper bag that was to be put over the sunflowers. I keep some of those fake snakes you get at the dollar store around my tomatoes and move them every day. The birds (Mockingbirds mostly) pretty much stay away from them now. Maybe something like that would help?
Comment by Na'yan Wed Aug 13 15:57:26 2014
It's been awhile since I tried it (a few years). I think I kept the bag fairly loosely tied and used a brown plastic shopping bag.
Comment by Faith T Wed Aug 13 16:55:09 2014

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