Peanuts for birds
Our bird peanuts are highly versatile, all year round feast for wild birds, particularly during the colder months and the breeding season. Find out more about peanuts and how they can benefit your wild bird visitors.
Myths about birds and peanuts
There are many myths and lots of misinformation on the topic of bird food, particularly when it comes to peanuts!
You can find a rich variety of advice on feeding wild birds on this site, including a handy guide to the best ways to use peanuts as bird feed.
Here, we’re going to explore some of the common errors and issues.
Watching the antics and acrobatics of wild birds as they swoop around a feed mix that contains peanuts is an absolute joy. However, should you ever give birds just a portion of peanuts? And, are all peanuts OK for bird feed?
Not all peanuts are good for birds
Did you know that there are many different varieties of peanuts? The main ones you eat are likely to be Runner, Spanish, Virginia or Valencia.
One thing you can be sure of is that Kennedy only sells peanuts of the right quality and type. This means they are at optimum freshness and come from reliable sources. The wild bird peanuts we supply are always perfectly safe and highly nutritious for your garden visitors. In fact, they are nut-delicious!
Buying from a cheap supplier or from non-bird experts can indeed put your feathered friends at risk. Some lower grade, mouldy or stale peanuts could contain a toxin that kills birds!
You must also never feed birds with salted or dry roasted peanuts either! Though tasty for humans, these can harm wild birds with their high sodium content.
Bird peanuts are sold in many guises including:
Simple steps to use bird peanuts safely
It all comes down to buying from a reliable source, to ensure your bird nuts are the very best ones to keep your garden visitors healthy and full of energy.
Also, it’s a good idea to only put out carefully measured portions of peanuts, possibly as part of a bird food blend.
This serves two purposes. It prevents waste, as discarded peanut pieces can go damp and mouldy. It also ensures that your wild birds don’t overfill themselves on their favourite nut-treat!
Remember too that crushed nuts are best for smaller birds. Or, use bird feeders to encourage fledglings to peck at this delicious food, to stop them from choking
Which birds eat peanuts?
Many common wild birds will feast on peanuts, they are one of the best wild bird food options you can choose for your garden.
Common birds that feed on peanuts include:
- Great tits
- Blue tits
- Long-tailed tits
- House sparrows
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What bird feeder do I need?
You should always use a specialised feeder when feeding peanuts to birds. We have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to style. Browse our range bird peanut feeders.
Once your order arrives it’s important that you store your nuts in a cool dry place and always ensure water is available.
To ensure your peanuts are within specified aflatoxin levels, always purchase from a reputable bird food supplier.
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