What is the best bird seed mix to use in the spring?
I use the Wild Birds Unlimited No-Mess blend year-round. It keeps all the birds happy and doesn't mess up my garden too much.
Best Bird Seed
seed eating birds in Michigan studies indicate that Black-Oil
Sunflower, 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. But if you are overwhelmed by the arrival of hungry blackbirds in the spring, switch to straight safflower seed for a few weeks until they leave to forage for bugs in the yard.
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. 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.
If you switch to an all safflower seed diet for a few weeks, squirrels, blackbirds,
starlings, and crows will leave your feeders alone. It may take awhile for the other
songbirds to accept the change but it is a favorite with cardinals, house finches and
chickadees. And gradually the rest of the songbirds will switch over to
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