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, September 29, 2018

Birdseed: Get the most for your money

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 a lot 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. 
While Sunflower seed is the favorite of most of the backyard seed eating birds like the finches, I also like to have peanuts in the blend to entice all the bug eating birds like the chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, jays, and wrens.

No-mess is the only loose seed blend I use personally. It has the sunflower seed, peanut pieces, and a little millet, but all the hulls are removed so there is no debris on the ground to clean up. 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! 

All Wild Birds Unlimited Bird Seed Blends have been formulated regionally to provide the most nutritious food for your birds. Because we learned long ago the better the blend, the better your bird watching!

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