How to stop Magpies scoffing the feeders

New member.

Is it mean to try to stop the Magpies?

My feeders would last several days if not for Magpies.

The Magpies can empty a feeder in a few hours. 

  • Hi Daveion and welcome to the community forum;     you could try using a ground guardian and put good inside that on a tray;   I have used this method and only the smaller birds can gain access,  just ensure there is no food too near the edge of the mesh as the magpie will reach through and take it !        This Guardian cage does work extremely well and there is a flat roof narrow mesh size a little bit cheaper. HERE .  

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Thanks Hazel
    I thought that might be the type of solution.
    I am a retired Engineer and think I can knock something like this up in my workshop on a feeder table. Mesh size?
    Thank again
    Dave
  • Hazel has the best idea with this problem, Magpies will have youngsters so your feed may be topping up the parents while natural food is going to the young.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Daveion:

    Daveion said:
    Mesh size?

    4cm square is the size;     I would try get mesh that is plastic coated so it doesn't rust or have any sharp edges.   Your engineering skills will come in handy so good luck.  

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"