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.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Don't try to stretch your good seed with bad

You can get some kind of "wild bird seed" almost anywhere: the hardware store, the pet store, the grocery store. Sometimes they may seem like a bargain, but all too often they are a bad choice for you and your birds.

Beware seed mixes that look like the top picture to the right, dominated by red round seeds with a few scattered sunflowers. If the ingredient list shows milo, sorghum, wheat, canary seed, significant amounts of corn, or mysterious unspecified "grain products," it isn't a good blend for mid-Michigan.

Instead, look for lots of sunflower, which may come in the familiar black shell (as in the middle picture of our Choice Blend) or with the shells removed (as in the bottom picture of our No-Mess Blend). Throwing in "cheap" blends to stretch your "good" seed is just wasteful because you can't trick the birds. They will sweep the seeds they don't like to the ground.
WBU Bird Seed and Seed Blends
All of our Wild Birds Unlimited blends are fresh and made of the stuff birds like to eat in our area. We learned long ago the better the blend, the better your bird watching! Bargain bird seed may have inexpensive seeds to bulk up the bag but is left to sprout or rot on the ground or worse attract rodents. We also stock all the non-blended bird seeds like WBU Premium Oil Sunflower, sunflower chips, safflower, Nyjer®(thistle), peanuts, and ear corn. As well as a wide variety of other bird foods - suet, seed cylinders, mealworms, nectar, jelly and more.

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