About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Why pay more for seed at Wild Birds Unlimited?

But that's just it, at Wild Birds Unlimited you aren't paying more for seed. People assume that because we get a fresh load of seed in every week and we sell the very best seed blends formulated just for mid-Michigan that it is more expensive.
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Some blends that the super market sell are cheaper but BEWARE! Most cheap blends also contain cheap seed that may be attractive to the birds out west but not for our local backyard birds. Since you’re paying by the pound, it makes sense to buy seed that will attract the widest variety of birds in our area and not just feed the chipmunks.

That would be like buying a box of noodles mixed with dried bugs. Insects and other arthropods eaten in various cuisines are a perfectly acceptable form of protein in certain parts of the world, but aren't popular at most mid-Michigan tables.

Best Bird Seed
For seed eating birds in Michigan, studies indicate that Black-Oil Sunflower, Fine and Medium Sunflower Chips, Peanuts, White Proso Millet, Safflower, and Nyjer® Thistle are among the most preferred seed types. At the East Lansing Wild Birds Unlimited store, customers’ and birds’ preference by far is WBU No-Mess Blend.

No-Mess Benefits
Our unique No-Mess Blend features seeds that have had their shells removed so only the meat of the seed is left. No hulls on the seeds means no hulls on the ground and the seed won’t sprout either.

Price of No-Mess
Pound for pound, our No-Mess Blend offers the best value because you do not pay for the shells. The birds eat everything. One 20# bag of No-Mess contains at least twice as much seed as a bag with shells.

Unique Wild Birds Unlimited Seed Blends
Besides the No-mess we have several other blends that are regionally formulated to attract the birds that live in our area. We do not include cheap filler grains like oats, wheat and milo that decrease the price per pound of a mix and aren't eaten by the birds in Michigan. Wild Birds Unlimited blends actually end up costing less to use while attracting more of the birds that you want to watch.

Seed Freshness
Every Tuesday, if you come early enough you can watch me load tons of seed into the store. And if you want to buy bags of seed right off the pallets, you are very welcome.

FYI
We also sell the very, very, very, best bird feeders!!! Now they can be a little more expensive than the feeders you find at super stores but that is because they are much, much, much better!!! All of our feeders are easy to clean and fill. Most come with a lifetime guarantee and are made in America. That means they are quality. You will get your money's worth, for sure. Click HERE to see some of my favorites!

And make sure you sign up for our emails at: http://lansing.wbu.com/newsletter. We tell you about upcoming sales at the stores & update you with local bird information.

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