About Blue Jays eating paint off our house - turns out another of our friends (Phoebe and Abby's breeder), who lives in our town, also said she had Blue Jays eating paint off of her house. Both of us have light colored paint on our houses.
Thanks to one of the readers of our blog for, click this link about why the Blue Jays do it.
Turns out Blue Jays need lots of calcium, maybe more than most birds. So they eat paint, which has some calcium in it. Blue Jays in the northeast are especially prone to this behavior because the soils in the northeast lack calcium.
One trick to deter them from your house, is to offer them egg shells (cooked for 20 min in a 250 degrees oven to make them safe). I will explore other sources of calcium. Any ideas?
See you Monday (we don't blog on weekends).