Tis the Season to Feed ‘Em

According to Droll Yankees, “Feeding wild birds is one of the best ways to impact the world around you. The simple act of putting out a bird feeder and keeping it full can greatly improve the chances that birds and their offspring will survive. Many believe that birds only benefit from feeders during certain times of the year. However, birds actually have a year-round need for reliable, steady food sources.”

Many people find feeding wild birds to be a hobby. They love seeing their winged friends visit their yard. But when you put it into perspective that it actually benefits the birds and the world we live in, it makes it extra special. There are tons of bird foods on the market, and certain blends attract different types of birds. Below is a little run down of some of the different wild bird seed available, what they attract, and the different types of feeders to use with them.

One popular brand of wild bird seed is Feathered Friend. Feathered Friend has a variety of blends that appeal to different birds. Feathered Friend Birdsnack is a premium blend of seeds that attracts a greater assortment of bird including red-bellied woodpeckers, finches, chickadees, towhees, and more.
It is made with white millet, sunflower seed, cracked corn, wheat, sunflower kernels, and peanut hearts.
This bird seed can be used in hopper, tube, and window feeders.

  Feathered Friend Favorite bird seed is an economical, all-purpose mix that attracts birds including bobwhites, towhees, doves, sparrows, and ring necked pheasants.
It is made with white millet, milo, sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and wheat.
This bird seed can be used in hopper, tube, and window feeders.

Feathered Friend Cardinals’ Choice is a premium blend bird seed that attracts cardinals, evening grosbeaks, and rose=breasted grosbeaks.
It is made with high oil content black oil sunflower seed, safflower seeds, and sunflower kernels.
This bird seed can be used in hopper, tube, platform, and window feeders.

Feathered Friend Chickadee’s Choice is a premium blend of bird seed that attracts chickadees, tufted titmice, juncos, nuthatches, and wrens.
It is made with sunflower kernel, mixed feed nuts, peanuts, black oil sunflower seed, grey striped sunflower, and safflower.
It can be used in hopper, tube, and window feeders.

Feathered Friend Finch Delight contains a premium blend of smaller seeds that attract goldfinches, purple finches, and house finches.
It is made with small sunflower hearts, canary seed, and nyjer seed.
Finch Delight should be used in feeders specifically for finch feed.

Feathered Friend Shell-less Select is a premium blend of seed with no shells for less waste and no mess. This is ideal for deck and patio feeders.
It is made with hulled millet, sunflower kernel, peanuts, and pistachios.
This bird seed can be used in hopper, tube, and window feeders.

Feathered Friend Woodpecker’s Pick is a premium blend of seed that attracts a variety of woodpeckers.
It is made with mixed feed nuts, peanuts, yellow corn, sunflower kernel, dehydrated cherries, raisins, and pepitas.
This bird seed can be used in woodpecker feeders and hoppers.

Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
Black Oil Sunflower is a seed that contains a higher oil content which gives birds more nutrition and calories. They have a thinner shell which makes it easier for small birds to crack and eat the meat inside.
Black oil sunflower attracts a wide variety of birds including northern cardinals and other large grosbeaks, tufted titmice, mourning doves, gray catbirds, thrushes, finches, jays, chickadees, sparrows, and nuthatches.
Black Oil Sunflower is too large for tube or mesh feeders so it is best to use hopper, platform, and tray feeders.

Nyjer seed is also referred to as thistle. It is tiny black oil seeds that is high in protein. Nyjer is ideal for small-beaked birds like buntings, goldfinches, house finches, redpolls, and pine siskins.
Because of its small size, this seed should be used in specific nyjer feeders.

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