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a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Birds like hulled sunflower seeds

I feed your seedless bird food? Should I also have a feeder with the regular stuff too?

Sunflower seeds can come with or without the shell. Birds prefer the seeds without the shell (Sunflower chips) because every minute at the feeder is a minute a predator can attack. I prefer sunflower chips because they don't leave much debris on the ground to clean up and usually don't sprout.

Sunflower seeds in or out of the shell are considered the number one choice to feed and attract the greatest variety of birds. No-Mess Blend blend (or as many people call it "seedless") is unique because it features a perfect blend of attractive, high-energy seeds that have had their shells removed so only the meat of the seed is left.

The first ingredient in the No-Mess blend is sunflower chips, then peanut pieces, and finally a little millet, also with the hulls removed. Peanuts are for your bug eating birds like chickadees, cardinals, nuthatches, wrens and more. Millet attracts the ground feeding birds like the juncos, sparrows, buntings, and doves. Pound for pound, our No-Mess Blend offers the best value because you do not pay for the shells. The birds eat everything!

If you want to give your birds additional variety at your bird feeding station you could offer Seed Cylinders or Seed Bells. There are multiple kinds, some even have mealworms and fruit. Or Suet and Nyjer® (thistle) feeders to attract more woodpeckers and finches. And don't forget the Bird bath! All birds need water even those that aren't "feeder birds".  At Wild Birds Unlimited we will help you choose the right seed – and the right tools – for the birds you are trying to attract.

See the proof in this video:  https://youtu.be/fEb5VBzPTUA
The chickadee picks up and drops the sunflower in the shell first, the safflower in the shell second, but finally chooses to keep the sunflower chip.
Related Articles:
Sunflowers Up-close: The Strange Journey of an American Plant http://bit.ly/uFlz65
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Seed Storage Cans and WBU Seed Scoops http://bit.ly/uBaSwO

What birds like peanuts? http://bit.ly/zispJK
What seeds do wild birds eat? http://bit.ly/wKyQNB
How can birds survive this cold weather? http://bit.ly/xbkaPP

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