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, July 10, 2014

Simple Pleasures of Summer Bird feeding

Give baby birds a good start with the best bird food
Birds look for the very best seeds. Fresh and heavy seeds full of oil are chosen over the dried up older seeds. Blue Jays and other birds will shuffle through the seeds until they find a good seed. They'll even pick up a seed to test the weight. If it's not heavy enough it will be discarded and they'll pick up another to compare the seed weights. It's not worth their while to eat or cache seeds that are dried out or bad.

Certain seeds are preferred over others. Nuts and sunflower seeds are chosen most often by backyard feeder birds for their high calorie/ounce ratio due to its high fat and protein content. Cheap filler grains like oats, wheat and milo decrease the price per pound of a grocery store birdseed mix but aren't eaten by the birds in the east and will be tossed aside.
At Wild Birds Unlimited you will get the very freshest seed, blended regionally for your backyard birds, with no filler grains. The East Lansing store customers’ preference by far is WBU No-Mess Blend. Our unique No-Mess Blend contains sunflower seeds, peanut pieces and white proso millet without the shells. No shells on the seeds make for a tidier feeding area, since there's nothing 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.

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