How to Feed a Robin Bird

By Leslie R. Thompson

Robins are more difficult to feed than most wild birds. They rarely eat birdseed, preferring protein found in worms and other invertebrates. Robins that winter in a northern climate have a hard time finding worms. Robins also have a sweet tooth and enjoy fruit, even sweet cakes.

Feeding a Robin

Provide mealworms, grubs or earthworms. Robins rely on these as their primary food and protein source. Robins feed on the ground in open areas. Find a spot near shrubs or thick bushes so that they can hide quickly if a predator, such as if a cat shows up.

Chop up sweet fruits such as berries and apples. Make sure to replenish daily. Robins tend to want fruit later in the day. Use a feeding platform that is low to the ground, or make one using a simple tray. Put the feeding platform out near places where the robins can hide easily.

Crumble canned dog food or hard boiled egg yolks. This is another protein source for robins. Put out fresh food daily. Most birds are seed eaters and prefer higher perches to feed from, so they will not bother this type of food.