As the Weather turns colder, now is the time to give the wild birds in your garden some support. In this blog post you will find out about the types of wild bird seed and what type of species will be attracted to your garden with each type of seed or seed mix. You can then make an educated purchase from our site if you so wish.
One of our most popular choices is our own Wild Bird Mix. This mix is designed specifically to attract the widest range of birds possible, with a little bit of everything for every bird. This will be most ideal for feeding as many wild birds as possible, so long as you don't have a specific preference for which birds you want to visit your garden. The exact composition of this mix includes: Mixed Corn, Black Sunflower Seeds, Growers Pelltets, Cockatiel Seed, Chick Crumbs, and either Peanuts or Peanut Granules .We change the exact composition and whether we use peanuts or peanut granules twice a year, Adding peanuts during the colder months and changing them for the granules during the warmer months. Keep an eye out for our upcoming blog post on why we do this!
Next up, we also have a second mix of our own - our High Energy Mix! This Mix is composed just as our wild bird mix above, however we have removed the Black Sunflower Seeds and changed the whole Peanuts for Split Peanuts. We offer this for those of you who may have noticed that some species of birds (and some fussy birds in general) may not like the Black Sunflower Seeds and find the Peanuts too difficult to digest, so they decide to be cheeky and throw them on the floor! For people visited by such birds, this creates a low-wastage and less messy mix, and also has a bonus of providing the birds with more energy, though the larger birds, such as Doves and Pigeons who might like the Black Sunflower Seeds, will be less encouraged to visit.
Speaking of which, another type of seed you can feed to birds is pure Black Sunflower Seed. It is popular with a large variety of birds, most notably with Finches, Jays, and Sparrows, along with some large birds such as black birds. As stated above, however, be mindful that some birds might chuck these on the ground.
A similar food for the birds is that of the Sunflower Hearts.These Seeds are great for small-beaked birds, such as Robbins and Finches, but also have the benefit of being low-mess, and won't grow into new plants if not picked up! This can make them more economical than some other types of seed.
Nyger seeds are also one of our popular options. These little black seeds are high in nutritional content and make an ideal food for small birds, attracting and feeding Gold Finches the most in particular. However, please bear in mind that you will need a bird feeder specially designed to feed these seeds if you wish to use them, such as this one or this one, or else you can lose a lot of them due to weather conditions and spillages.
If you're looking to feed Robbins in particular, Pinhead Oatmeal will be the most ideal seed for your interest. Robbins absolutely love this seed, and it provides them with all of the nutrients that they need, too!
If you're looking to feed ground feeding birds, such as Thrushes, Starlings, or Blackbirds, a great choice is the Songbird mix. These birds like to feed from the ground, so when it's time to feed, simply throw on the ground outside and watch from afar. As a result, it is not recommended to place this food on bird tables or inside bird feeders.
Peanuts are also a versatile choice for feeding to birds. These are jam-packed full of fats and essential oils, making them a valuable source of food for a lot of birds. In particular, Finches, Jays, and even woodpeckers love to eat peanuts. Be aware not to feed these during the summer, however, as adult birds may try to feed these to their chicks, which could cause them to choke. Instead, Peanut Granules can be fed during the summer, as these are crushed-up peanuts that will be safe for consumption by chicks. These granules are also enjoyed by smaller birds, such as Wrens and Robbins. Be aware! Don't feed salted or highly processed peanuts, these could be dangerous to your bird. Be sure to seek pure, natural peanuts, like those that we offer ourselves.
Another great choice is to feed the birds some Mealworms. Dried Mealworms are just as easy to store as seeds, but will attract a variety of insect eating birds to your garden, such as bluetits or great tits, Thrushes, and Starlings. These provide a lot of nutrients to help young birds grow, and they will be most effectively fed in a feeder such as this one.
We also offer Canary seed, which has a similar popularity amongst birds as the Black Sunflower Seeds, but also attracts House Sparrows and tends to create less mess, making them a fairly good, versatile choice.
Finally, for those who receive visits from Pheasants, Mixed Corn can be an excellent choice, and will feed them appropriately.
Now that you are fully informed about which kinds of seed feed which kinds of bird, hopefully you now feel confident in your ability to pick out the feed that best represents the birds that you would like to feed and attract to your garden. If you need a bird feeder for this endeavor, you can view our offerings here. If you're still not quite sure, feel free to contact us and we'll do our very best to help you with your needs.
Hope to see you in-store again soon!
Henry Jackson, head of IT for Pet Food Plus More.