Feed/Seed

Backyard Birding is proud to offer quality fresh bird seed with no fillers

 

Milo

Milo

Wheat

Wheat

 

 

 Especially no milo and no wheat!

 

 

 

 

 

Our blends are carefully selected to help you attract the most birds to your backyard.We also have a complete line of straights (bags of single type of seed), suet, and mealworms. We work closely with a Michigan supplier to have fresh seed brought in each Wednesday. When possible our Black Oil Sunflower seed is direct from local farmers!

 

 

We invite you to try our seed products

Great quality, great price and great service!

 

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Buy 12 bags of the identical feed and you will get the 13th bag free!

(Black Oil Sunflower seed and Suet are not included).

 

 

 

If you find buying bird seed confusing you are not alone…

In the USA we spend billions of dollars on bird seed each year. To capture this market, retailers have created birdseed that appeals to humans who buy the seed instead of what is best for the birds. For example, apple scented seed blends offered in the fall smell great but the added scent is not needed to attract birds. Beautiful packaging and high prices fool the consumer into believing it is high quality. If you look closely you will often find fillers such as wheat and milo even in expensive blends. On the other end is “bargain” bags of seed that look like a great value per pound.  If you check them out closely the fillers and cheap corn in these “bargains” often make it a costly purchase. It would have been substantially cheaper to buy  a bag of corn and a bag of sunflower seeds and mix your own.  Birds often scatter the seed of the cheap “bargain” bag  on to the ground in their search for a sunflower seed.  This makes a mess and is a waste of money. The blend often does not attract a variety of wild birds. Large discount stores warehouse truckloads of seed to sell at a discount. Unfortunately the seed is often old and dry. Break open a sunflower seed and check if it is fresh or dried out.  High oil content seeds such as sunflower hearts, peanut splits, Nyjer and safflower need to be fresh, avoid buying any bag that feels sticky to the touch. Birds will visit a feeder that has fresh seed and avoid older seed.

At Backyard Birding we take a different approach. We believe every feed product we sell should be quality, fresh and best for the birds. Our packaging is not fancy. We understand the cost of feeding birds and want you to get the best value for your investment. We are here to help you understand what seed works best in your feeders and to help you increase the number of wild birds visiting your backyard.

 

 

What is quality birdseed and what is junk food?

Based on “Feeding Preferences of Wild Birds at Feeders” by Aelred D. Geis, Ph.D.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Quality Bird Food

Backyard Birding's Best Blend

Backyard Birding’s Best Blend

The number one seed is Sunflower seeds – Black Oil Sunflower with its thin hull and higher count per pound attracted the most birds. Striped sunflower seeds has a thicker hull and is a favorite of the Northern Cardinal, Sunflower hearts are loved by the song birds because they don’t need to crack the hull. White Proso Millet was the number two seed and is especially liked by Juncos, Doves, Indigo Bunting, Sparrows, and Towhees. Safflower is attractive to Northern Cardinals, Doves, Purple Finches, and Titmice Peanut splits attract Blue jays, Nuthatches, Titmice, and Woodpeckers. Nyjer (thistle) attracts Finches. Suet attracts a variety of wild birds and woodpeckers. Cracked corn attracts Cardinals and Jays.

Junk Bird Food

Junk blend notice that there are very few sunflower seeds and lots of milo and corn

Junk blend notice that there are very few sunflower seeds and lots of milo and corn

Many commonly used blends available in grocery stores and big box stores include wheat and milo, which are relatively unattractive to most wild birds. These fillers are often found in both inexpensive and expensive blends. Birds usually toss these seeds aside making a mess under the feeders, which attracts undesirable birds such as starlings, crows, and cowbirds.   Many blends offered at the grocery store and big box stores have a high percentage of corn which is a way to charge more for the corn than if you purchased the corn separately. Cracked corn attracts Cardinals and Jays but should only be offered in small amounts that can be consumed each day to avoid attracting critters to the feeding station at night. These blends would be considered junk bird seed and are often sold in bags without clear viewing windows so you can not see what the blend actually looks like.  Check the labels carefully, the ingredients should be listed in order of volume. If Milo or Corn is the first listed ingredient it is a poor quality feed. Flax is ignored by all species. Canary seed, found in Finch blends, is very expensive and is less attractive to birds than White Proso Millet. Only Starlings preferred oats. Rapeseed was consistently unattractive to all species.