Ingredients in the bird food….
This is grown throughout the UK and is very noticeable in the spring with its bright yellow flowers in the British countryside. On the bird table the small black seed is oily, high in protein and is loved by all the Finch species.
This a niche crop which is not grown frequently throughout the UK. It’s from the grass family and gives a small oval seed which is rich in oil and protein. It is a favourite for House Sparrows, Siskins, Finches and Buntings.
Red and White Millet is a very small round seed which is grown in the UK. As the name suggests it’s either white or red in colour. It is popular with Finches as well as Sparrows and Doves. It is one of the best sources of vitamin B for birds and is also high in protein and iron.
The name comes from the seed not having a husk whilst growing – hence the name ‘naked’. It is a slightly larger grain compared to the others in the mix. Again, it is high in protein and rich in minerals with a high fat and oil content. This seed is a favourite for Robins, Black Birds and Thrushes.
Frequently asked questions
What makes this a premium bird food?
This bird food doesn’t contain any wheat! Many of the bird feeds you will find in garden centres & supermarkets contain wheat. This is used as a cheap ingredient to bulk out the bird food, enabling the cost to be kept low so it can be sold cheaply. However, only birds such as pigeons, doves & pheasants actually eat wheat, meaning that other birds will pick out the wheat and drop it on your garden.
Where shall I position my bird feeder?
When positioning your feeders and table you need to think about cover. Birds can be very nervous and ensuring they have a tree, hedge or plant nearby will allow birds to sit and make sure it’s safe to come and eat. However, don’t forget to put the feeder somewhere you can see the birds from your window!
How often should I feed my birds?
We like to feed the birds all year round. Our mixes are a general mix designed to keep wild garden birds topped up with a guaranteed supply of feed. If you run out of feed in the feeder birds will be slower to return once the feeders are full again. It is important not to let your feed go stale or get wet so refill them with a little seed frequently. Once the birds know the feed is there the consumption will start to increase.
What type of feeder is best?
Different birds feed in different ways. The three main methods are in feeders hanging from trees, on a bird table and on the ground. One main thing to watch is feed on the ground as this can encourage vermin to your garden such as squirrels, mice & rats.
Should we provide water for the birds?
It is good to provide a good clean source of water for birds to both drink and bathe. This is important during the winter months when natural water can be frozen and also during the summer months when rainfall is at its least.