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    Wild Bird Food Guide

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Many people enjoy putting out bird food to attract wild birds into their garden. There are many different types of wild bird food that will attract different types of birds. Food for birds can be purchased from lots of places, bird food suppliers such as pet shops are an obvious choice but many markets and garden centres will sell wild bird food. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Pet bird food is often fine to use as well. Most birds prefer things such as corn, sunflower seeds and white millet. Some birds can become aggressive so it is best to try not to attract them. This guide outlines some of the best wild bird food to use.

    Where to Place Wild Bird Food

    A lot of wild birds that you are trying to attract will not be comfortable eating on the ground because of predators so it is best to place the wild bird food roughly 5 feet off the ground in a safe area. Bird tables are very good places to put food for birds.

    Many bird food suppliers will create a mixture of bird food, a lot of which may be filler. You want to make sure that the wild bird food doesn’t have too much filler in it that won’t get eaten.

    Types of Wild Bird Food

    One of the best and most common forms of wild bird food is sunflower seeds. Nearly all birds will flock to eat sunflower seeds because they have a soft husk and quite meaty insides. Using sunflower seeds as food for birds will attract blue tits, goldfinches, sparrows, nuthatches and chaffinches. Sunflower seeds are also popular as pet bird food for animals such as budgies and cockatiels.

    Safflower seeds are useful for attracting doves, pigeons and other similar birds. This type of wild bird food however, has a thicker shell which some birds may not be able to open.

    You may also wish to attract ground feeding birds such as pheasants, partridge, quail and others. Corn and white proso millet is very good for attracting ground feeding birds.

    Tips & Advice

     When you put of food for birds, only put out enough for one day. If it doesn’t all get eaten, the birds will eat it the next day and by that point it will have got damp and started growing bacteria. If possible, clear away the old wild bird food before putting the fresh lot out.

    Keeping wild bird food dry during storage will mean that it keeps a lot longer and won’t spoil.

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