Thursday, February 20, 2014

Favorite Bird Seeds

   Every Fall we load up on bird seed.  We come home with large heavy bags and then transfer each variety in a separate container with a tight lid, trying to keep it away from those pesky mice that always show up in our garage in the winter. We like to use garbage cans, or those large plastic tubs;  anything works as long as it can't be chewed through and the only one able to remove the lid is a human.

   No matter how well we plan, we never seem to purchase the correct amount to get us through the winter  -- or maybe we are just trying to save money on that particular day.  Anyway, about this time of year we begin to run out of seed. Now we have to watch for the best prices.  We drive from hardware store to farm store, and then also check out the big box stores. Usually our local farm store ends up with the best prices, and we can buy in bulk there, weighing out just the amount we want, bagging it ourselves, and paying by the pound.

   The next step is to decide what we should purchase. We know for a fact that sunflower seeds are number one in any bird's book. But I also know when birds are hungry they will eat anything they can find.  I found a list of the best seeds to purchase to attract the largest variety of birds, so I thought I should pass it on to you. So here we go:

1.Black-oil sunflower seeds (I can tell you from personal experience this one is the Number 1 favorite.)
2.Black-striped sunflower seeds
3. Hulled sunflower seeds
4. White millet
5. Peanuts
6. Red millet
7. Golden millet
8. Canary seed
9. Corn -- whole, cracked, or milled
10. Thistle ( also called Niger) seed (favorite of the finches)

   If you are unsure of what to buy, go for the sunflower seeds.  It brings in the biggest variety. You can also buy a small amount of several different kinds and mix them together.  Watch your feeders to see if any is left behind by discriminating birds.  Then make a note of it and next time leave that one off your list.  Maybe it doesn't appeal to the birds in your area. Or maybe you are attracting something other than birds, like squirrels or racoons, and you would rather not be feeding them.

   Next time I'll give you a some recipes you can use with these seeds.

You might also like to visit my other blogs: An Herbal Bedfellow, & Grabbin' A Bite,

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