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I feed them gloop (cooked whole grains and legumes with cooked chopped veggies) and raw produce (one fruit, one veggie, one leafy green or cruciform) in the morning when the sun is rising and leave it there all day long until the sun begins to set when the plates are taken out and replaced with a small, measured portion of a seed mix with or without nuts, depending on the species. Now, in the middle of the summer, when it's real hot, I take it out at mid-afternoon, right after they wake up from their nap and eat a bit -but not because I am afraid is bad for them but because the smell of the spices I use in the gloop becomes a bit strong in the heat and I like the birdroom to smell fresh at all times.
Food does not rot and become toxic in a matter of a few hours. If it did, humanity would have been wiped out thousands of years ago because refrigeration was not used until recently. Grains ferment, greens wilt and fruit ripens when it's very hot and after a goodly number of hours but they are not toxic in any way. As a matter of fact, some birds love eating the half-rotten fruit that fell to the ground preferring it over the one on the tree and I can attest to this personally. Bacteria causes fruit to ripen but not all bacteria is harmful and, as a matter of fact, there is more beneficial bacteria than harmful. And fermentation is not bad, quite the contrary (have you heard of kamboucha?) It's quite beneficial to health. Lots of stuff we consume is fermented (yogurt, wine, cheese, sour cream, pickles, olives, soy sauce, kefir, beer, yeast, salami, pepperoni, vinegar, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, tabasco, etc).
So don't worry about it, put the food out and leave it there.