Top Five Bird Foods
Feeding the birds in your garden can be a very fun and very rewarding hobby. You are helping local wildlife survive and thrive whilst also getting to enjoy the array of interesting birds that come to visit your garden.
When you choose to feed the birds in your garden however, you must be very careful. Birds have very delicate digestive systems and feeding them something they aren’t used to or aren’t supposed to eat can be very dangerous and, in some cases, fatal for the bird.
Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Food, we are dedicated to making healthy nutritious food that is suitable for any and all birds that come to your garden. Here are our top five bird foods.
Sunflower seeds are possibly the best thing you feed to the birds in your garden. Sunflower seeds, or specifically sunflower hearts are packed full of vital nutrients and fats that birds need to survive.
Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Food we have a range of sunflower seeds. We sell sunflower hearts; this is the soft meaty insides of the sunflower that the bird is trying to get to. By buying just the insides it means birds don’t have to struggle with the shell to find the food and that your garden won’t end up full of empty shells.
We also sell black sunflower seeds for birds. Black sunflower seeds have a slighter thinner shell than regular sunflower seeds which makes it easier for the birds to break into them. Black sunflower seeds are extremely good for birds and some of the nutritional benefits of black sunflower seeds include
- 28% fat
- 25% fiber
- 15% percent protein
- B vitamins
- Vitamin E
Nuts are a great food to feed birds, but peanuts are especially helpful for them. Peanuts are incredibly high in fat and birds need fat to be able to do most of their daily activities. Flying, protecting their nests or hatchlings and hunting for food can be very exhausting for birds and they need a lot of fat and energy to do them efficiently.
Peanuts are especially important for the winter when the weather turns cold and birds start to rely on their body fat for warmth.
Remember, birds cannot eat salted peanuts or any sort of treated nut that is designed for human consumption. If you want to feed the birds in your garden nuts then make sure you purchase them through a bird food specialist so you know they won’t do the bird any harm.
3. Suet Balls
Suet balls are ball of nutritious fat sometimes with seeds mixed in. they can hand from a tree which makes them perfect for feeding the birds if you do not have a bird feeder or don’t have the room for a bird table.
Suet can be extremely helpful for birds in winter when they need a lot of fat fast to survive the cold winter weather and don’t have the time to be breaking open shells and nuts.
Kennedy Wild Bird Food has a range of suet for birds including suit pellets, logs, and coconut halves.
Here at Kennedy Wild Bird Feed, we sell birdseed in mixes. A lot of our mixed are designed and curated with a specific purpose in mind. For example, we have a mix that is specially designed to give the birds that extra boost of energy they need when it’s cold or food is scarce.
We also have bird food designed for specific birds as well, so if you really want a particular bird to come and visit your garden you can use one of our mixes to try and entices birds like robins and finches to visit your garden.
In the wild most birds eat insects. They prefer to hunt and source live insects but will eat seeds and nuts in they need to.