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.
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

What kind of bird seed to buy

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
For 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.

No-Mess Benefits
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 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.

Safflower Benefits
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 safflower.

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