Category Archives: Bird Food

BEST PLACE ON LINE TO SHOP FOR BIRD FOOD?

 

HI, Love the site. Can you tell me the best place on line to order up bulk supplies of quality wild bird seed, peanuts and Niger seed. I buy 20 kg bags and pay £13 to £18 a bag.

The gold finch only ever appear when I fill the Niger seed feeder! Thanks

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Hi,  thanks for getting in touch. 

Here are two companies that supply bird food.

SOAR MILL SEEDS

C J WILDLIFE

Take a look and see what you think.

You must be busy feeding birds.  So the goldfinches are surviving the winter with a little help from you.

Hope that information helps.

Does anyone else know of good on-line suppliers of bird food?

I’m so pleased the snow has gone and i can see green grass and brown soil from my window instead of snow.  The birds are less frantic now and I am not getting as many rabbits in the garden looking for  the food I give the birds.

Happy New Year everyone!

REMEMBER BIRDS DO LIKE FRUIT AND BERRIES – AND CHEESE

I’ve been asked if birds like fruit – especially apples. Here is my reply.

Indeed birds do like fruit – and berries. 

Birds will eat apples and other fruit.

You should cut them up into small pieces. 

Give the birds a chance to find the apple – they may be unsure at first. 

You could put the apple next to the bird food.  slice it small. 

Do not feed fruit pips or apple seeds

Blackbirds will eat worms, spiders, fruit and seeds – so you see many birds have a varied diet.

Bruised apples, pears and other fruit are very popular with all thrushes, tits and starlings. Cut them up and leave them on the bird table or on the ground.

Another way to feed birds is to plant a fruit bush or a hedge such as a hawthorn hedge that has berries.  It is long term, but the fruit / berries come every year and feed many birds every year

Birds also eat many kitchen scraps

WHAT BIRDS LIKE TO EAT-  HOME COOKING

Blackbirds and other birds also like cheese –

Blackbirds love cheese

 

DO NOT USE VEGETABLE OIL WHEN FEEDING BIRDS -THEY NEED FAT SUCH AS LARD

Hi Trisha,
a new member here. Can I put Trex into my bird cake as
I’ m a non meat eater and don’t usually have lard, although I will make an exception for the birds

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Hi,

It’s great that you are feeding birds and care enough to ask this question. It must be difficult for you to think about using lard.

Birds do need fat. They do not need vegetable oil.

Lard or dripping is good.

Amazing Fact –

A BLUE TIT SPENDS 85% OF ITS DAY LOOKING FOR FOOD

So if we put bird food out (with lard if possible) we can help birds and help them save their energy and use it to see them through the freezing winter nights

Lard is good for birds in winter. I often melt some lard. When it is melted I pour it over bird food and mix it together. This does not make a fatball – it just gives birds fat coated bird food.

My daughter is vegetarian and I understand the reasons for being vegetarian.

I am a meat eater and think that as long as an animal is looked after properly then it is OK to eat meat and use lard or dripping. There are so many hilly / upland parts of Britain that cannot grow any crops, so grazing animals is a good way to feed the Nation.

Vegetable oil is not any good

Let me know how you get on.

Trisha

I’M STILL USING NATURE’S FEAST HIGH ENERGY SUPREME BIRD FOOD

I put bird food out daily.  I like this bird food as it is eaten by so many birds.

Click the link below to find out more about it.

NATURE’S FEAST HIGH ENERGY SUPREME BIRD FOOD

I do put out other bird food and kitchen scraps, but when I use this I know it’s attracting all the birds that come to my garden and it makes bird feeding a bit easier.

I’ve been soaking some bird feed in lard this morning and threw out some stale cake. 

It was about this time of year I used to stop feeding birds for a while.  This was on the advice of the RSPB.  Then they changed their minds and said we should put bird food out every day – which is what I do.

I don’t get any rare birds here just the normal British garden birds (plus rooks, crows, pigeons, squirrel, pheasant, moorhen!), but they do liven up the garden!

Please Feed Fat to Birds

Guest Post – which is in reply to a comment made on BBC Breakfast site that fat should not be fed to birds. 

I would like to make a clarification in the hope that we do not confuse and therefore stop people feeding birds.

Solid lard wether bought or produced from cooking such as beef, lamb etc should be fine just remember not to leave them for days if the birds don’t consume them.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have lots of birds visiting their garden butby putting out a little fresh food each day you will see more and more birds visiting your garden/patio.

If you don’t have any bought bird food please do put out what lefovers but make sure

  • they are not left for long,
  • put them on a tray so it can be cleaning off regularly
  • and replace with fresh food stuff

If you do this  you should find you are rewarded with the sight of birds feeding regularly.

Also please don’t forget those of you who own cats please put a bell on their collar.

Cheers L

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Thanks for that.  It is really clear and useful advice. Cheers.

12.75kg GUARDMAN NO MESS SEED MIX

I made a note on Bird Table News of the last time I bought some bags of bird food.  Here is the article –

THE DATE I LAST BOUGHT A 12.75 kg BAG OF BIRD FOOD

The date I last bought a 12.75kg GUARDMAN NO MESS SEED MIX – Price £15.49  was on 31st JANUARY 2010!  It is now 21st February 2010.

It has only lasted 21 days!  And I buy other bird food as well.

I thought it would have lasted longer than that.

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This Guardman No Mess Seed Mix can be fed on the ground, on birdtables and in bird feeders.  It is a useful, good quality bird food.  I suppose that is why I have used to much – I have been putting it in three places every day.

I suppose it works out at just under £1 per day.

But it still begs the question is it right that wild birds rely so much on my bird food.  Also I won’t always be able to put bird food out as I do now.

Yet on the other hand – when I see small  ‘flocks’ of a variety of birds doing aerobatics round the bird feeder and frantically pecking at this bird food on the bird table  and in the feeders I know I must be doing a bit of good. 

Seeing these birds so close together the different colours of these garden birds often amazes me.  The blue tit, the chaffinch, the robin, the sparrows, blackbird, thrush.  There is blue, white, orangy, black, brown, red, yellow (beaks) all flitting before my eyes.  They do leave a trail of colour near the bird feeders

As I live in the countryside the fields and scrub areas nearby provide a habitat for many birds.  And these birds just have to flit over the fence from the field to my garden.

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Another bag of bird food that I bought on 31st January was 

12.75kg OF NATURE’S FEAST FEEDER SUPREME.  Price £10.99
It is a seed mixture that includes sunflower, dari and millet.  It is for seed feeders.  This bird food  attracts a lot of birds including  Great Tits and Coal Tits, blackbirds, chaffinches, greenfinch, goldfinch, doves, starlings, tree sparrows and house sparrows

This bird food cannot be put in bird feeders, but I do put it on the bird table and ground feeder every day. 

I also like this bird food as it is blended to feed a lot of birds

I still have a lot of this bird food left as I don’t put it in the bird feeders.

As I’m writing this there is a chaffinch on the bird table.  It’s been there for a few minutes pecking away – now a female blackbird has taken over the bird table and a sparrow has now joined it and the chaffinch has flown away.  I wish I had my camers as  watching a sparrow and blackbird  close together  you get a good view of the exact difference in size.  It’s a bit like Little and Large

Have a good day.

IS BIRD SEED GENETICALLY MODIFIED?

I received a question the other week asking if  any bird seed / bird food  is genetically modified.  I do not know so I could not answer.

I was also asked –  if we  buy bird seed which is generically modified  and then put it in our feeders – would wild birds know it was different and not eat the bird food?

These are two good questions. 

Does anyone know the answer?

I know bird food is produced to the highest standards, but can it be separated from GM crops and does it matter if bird food is genetically modified?

I think I need help here to figure this one out.

Trisha from Bird Table News

 

 

Feeding Birds at Christmas and in Winter

In winter birds use a lot of energy searching for food as  natural bird food is scarce.  Putting food out does help birds survive.

Putting any left over Christmas food out is a good idea. 

Here is a list of food you can feed to birds

YOU CAN FEED

  • Mild Cheese – grated or just crumbled and broken
  • The fat from the cooking can be used. I soak bread in water and then soak this bread in the melted fat before putting it out for birds.  The fat can also be used to mix with bird food.  This way there is double energy – bird food and fat in one meal. 
  • Any left over cakes and buns
  • Chopped up apples.
  • Dried food that has been soaked. 
  • Left over roast potatoes. 
  • Christmas Cake and Christmas pudding.  These are a really good food for birds. 
  • Unsalted nuts – and we have a lot of those at Christmas

Here is a list of food you should not feed to birds

YOU SHOULD NOT FEED

  • Stuffing
  • Chocolate
  • Cooked vegetables
  • crisps
  • salted nuts
  • cooked meat

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First thing in a morning birds are hungry
After surviving a cold night birds need energy to keep them going through the day. For this reason putting bird food out first thing in a morning is probably the best time

Chris Packham gives good advice

Chris Packham gives such good advice.  He sums up why it’s important to keep on putting bird food out through the year.  He supports Garden Bird Supplies and this is what he says –
 

At this time of year keeping your feeders full with a constant supply of good quality food is really important. In the winter birds try to conserve as much energy as possible to keep themselves warm at night and to help them find their next meal. Once they find a constant supply of food they’ll stay nearby ensuring the energy they gain from their food is greater than the energy they spent looking for it.

There’s no better way of knowing you’re doing your bit to help the birds survive the coldest months of the year than when regular visitors have appeared to ‘set up camp’ in your garden. If there’s a constant supply of food, why go anywhere else?

Remember, a trip to an empty feeder is a waste of valuable energy – your garden birds are relying on you to keep your feeders full during the winter. Stock up and keep them visiting!

Chris Packham

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I so wish I could sum things up as well.  Lets just Feed the Birds!