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How to Feed a Robin Bird

| Updated November 01, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Mealworms

  • Chopped strawberries, blueberries, apple or other sweet fruit

  • Hard-boiled egg yolks

  • Canned dog food


  • Robins will search on the ground for food, so avoid using chemicals on your lawn if you want to encourage them.


  • Robins are considered wild animals. Check with your state laws on caring for robins. Most states require that injured or abandoned wild birds be cared for by a licensed rehabilitator.

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.