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Tips & Advice : What To Feed Your Garden Birds
There are a wide range of ready prepared Wild bird seed mixes on the market to meet the dietary requirements and palate of your garden birds. These mixes cater for birds that prefer to feed from feeders, a bird table or from the ground each one offers a variety of seeds that help to attract the widest array of bird species into your garden.
Seed MixesSome mixes are especially formulated to include smaller seeds & grain in them which tend to encourage the smaller bird varieties such as dunnocks , tits , sparrows & finches into the garden. These mixes are well received when fed from a seed feeder. Feeding from a seed feeder gives the birds a better sense of security as they are out of reach from cats and are more adapted to hanging from a feeder than some of the larger bird species. Try our Luxury wild bird food a popular small seed mixture to attract those smaller bird species.
Other mixes are formulated to include slightly larger seeds & grains more suited to the larger birds such as the blackbird , thrushes , doves and fieldfare . These are best fed from the ground or a bird table.
Our Ground & table food mix is extremely popular with these garden visitors, idea to feed from the table, the ground or a ground feeder tray.
If you want to feed a bird mix that has naturally less waste and mess then we recommend you try the High energy No Mess. This mix is well received by all bird species, can be fed from a seed feeder, a table or the ground and contains sunflower hearts rather than black or striped sunflowers. Therefore there’s less waste & mess in your garden from the sunflower husks that birds leave found in mixes containing black & striped sunflowers.
Specialist MixesRobins are particularly partial to insects so treat them to a specialist Robin & Tit with Insect mix to give them that added extra delicacy in their diet. This mix is also popular with other smaller bird species.
Blackbirds & Thrushes will have a go at eating most things but will be drawn towards the specialist Blackbird & Thrush mix, which contains suet pellets a particular favourite of theirs and a great source of energy, along with rowan berries, sunflower hearts, peanut granules & apple.
Why not buy dried mealworms on their own to add to your other birds seed mixes as a treat.
Once you have established which ingredient in the prepared mixes are best received by the bird species in your garden why not buy the plain seeds and make your own ‘gourmet mix’.
Sunflower hearts the al la carte of sunflower seeds are a particular favourite offering birds a ready prepared meal with no husks to remove, the smaller garden visitors are attracted to these. Loved by all birds but especially birds from the Finch family, Robins, Dunnocks & Tits.
Black Sunflowers a firm favourite and popular seed with all birds with its softer outer husk they are easier to shell for the smaller birds.
Safflower seeds - these are extremely popular with a wide variety of garden birds & a tasty change from black sunflowers & sunflower hearts. However Safflower seeds are hated by squirrels as they dislike the taste therefore if you are experiencing problems with the squirrels stealing the bird food in your garden these are a great alternative in order to deter them.
Of course the first thing you should try is keeping to the food your birds love and are used too but dispense them from a squirrel proof feeder.
Niger seed or thistle is also a delicacy that should be fed from a special purpose Niger feeder. Goldfinches are attracted by this seed along with other birds from the Finch family.
PeanutsPeanuts – these are a firm favourite with all garden birds and can be purchased whole, already granulated, or from their shells. Peanuts are rich in fat and a high energy food popular with most birds. Peanuts should only be fed whole from a suitable feeder during the spring and summer to ensure the young fledgling don’t choke on the whole peanuts as they learn to feed.
Whole peanuts can be fed during Autumn & Winter from the table or the ground as well as a suitable feeder.
Peanut granules are particularly popular with robins, wrens & dunnocks.
Peanuts in shells can be threaded onto string to supply a natural hanging feeder for those small birds in your garden – fed in this way bird have to linger longer while they master the art of pecking through the shells to get to their food.
Suet TreatsSuet teats - Fat balls and Suet blocks are rich in fat and protein an excellent food especially in the winter months.
They can be fed from a suitable feeder or from the table. They are available with a selection of different ingredients added to temp your garden birds.
Why not try a ready to hang half coconut shell filled with hi energy suet & seeds.