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    Popular Bird Feed Options

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Birds have a simple diet, mostly consisting of seeds, although larger birds may appreciate the odd extra treat from time-to-time. Learn more about common bird feed in this guide. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Feeding Birds - The Options

    Seeds

    This is one type of bird feed where you can't go wrong. Birds love all sorts of seeds, most of which offer plenty nutritional value to the bird.

    The most popular seed type for birds is the sunflower seed. There are numerous different types of sunflower seed but the most reliable feed types include:

    • Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (the most common type of sunflower seed)
    • Striped Sunflower Seeds (a low fat seed)
    • Hulled Sunflower Seeds (ideal for soft-billed birds)

    Other seed types include:

    • Thistle Seeds (ideal for Gold Finches)
    • Millet (usually a key part of a bird feed mix)
    • Safflower (the perfect alternative to Black Oil seeds)

    Nuts

    Larger birds may appreciate both the nutrition and challenge offered by nuts. If you lliterally provide a nut that's hard to crack, even better, as this can help with a bird's mental stimulation and cut down on the chance of boredom occurring, giving a bird something to focus on within the confines of the cage. Other birds may appreciate peanuts being placed in the bird feed mix as a softer alternative.

    Cracked Corn

    Introduce this food type into the mix every now and then as dried corn kernels can provide your bird with a tasty snack. Cracked corn can also be a cheaper alternative to seeds, although it can sometimes be hard to buy this particular type of bird feed on its own. Feeding birds that will appreciate cracked corn include finches and cardinals.

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