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May 10, 2010


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Chris, that's a tough one! Bees and other insects are naturally drawn to the sweet. I don't know of any way to present jelly that is accessible to the orioles and excludes the bees.
To continue to feed the orioles, make the switch to live mealworms. They'll love the easy source of insect protein and the bees are not drawn to them. Sorry I didn't have a solution for the jelly but hopefully the mealworms will work for you.
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I have many orioles but the honey bees seem to have taken over . How do I keep the out of the jelly?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Mrs. Larson - orioles eat caterpillars, fruits, insects, spiders, and nectar. In your yard, fruit-bearing trees and shrubs may appeal to orioles. They will also eat insects that are attracted to flowering or fragrant trees and shrubs.
Also, try to avoid the use of insecticides in your yard and trees.
Enjoy your orioles and thanks for visiting!

Mrs. Evangelyn Larson

We have orioles that live and nets in our tree row every year. Other than the elm, poplars and willows, what kind of blooming tree or flowers could we plant to help feed and keep these lovely birds coming?

The Zen Birdfeeder

IDBirder - I'm still trying to get them to eat from feeders. The grape jelly was gone but don't know who ate it!!


I have my grape jelly and orange halves out. This is my first time trying the grape jelly. I still haven't seen a Bullock's yet this year...which by my standards means its late in my neighborhood!

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