The easiest way to address your son’s concern is feed only food that the birds eat so there is little or no mess left behind for the mice. Make sure you never pick up any bird seed blends with filler seeds. The biggest no, no in feeding birds is offering seed blends with milo, oats or other filler seeds that birds won't eat.
When it comes to wild bird food, there are lots of choices. For birds in Michigan studies indicate that Black-Oil Sunflower, Sunflower Chips, Peanuts, White Proso Millet, Safflower, or Nyjer® Thistle are among the most preferred seed types.
For the East Lansing Wild Birds Unlimited store, customers’ preference by far is WBU No-Mess Blend. 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 make for a tidier feeding area, since there's no debris on the ground to clean up. Pound for pound, our No-Mess Blend offers the best value because you do not pay for the shells. The birds eat everything happily.
Bug eating birds like Suet
If you have never fed Suet, you have missed some great neighbors. Lots of migrating warblers will stop at suet feeder as well as common year-round birds like woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches. By adding Suet to your wild bird's menu, you will also attract wrens, jays, titmice, and the ever popular bluebird.
The Wild Birds Unlimited - East Lansing store's best seller is the peanut butter suet cake, which has only three ingredients: rendered beef fat, chopped peanuts and peanut butter. Again, no milo, no wheat, no corn, and no millet - no filler ingredients!
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