𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝘼𝙧𝙚 𝙎𝙪𝙣𝙛𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙨 𝙎𝙤 𝙋𝙤𝙥𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙧?
Sunflower hearts are the 'go to' seed for anyone new to bird feeding. They are a small seed which fits in all seed feeders and attracts a variety of different birds into your garden.
Birds need a varied diet that is rich in minerals and vitamins. Sunflower hearts are the perfect food as they are high in Vitamin E, high in fat and also in protein content.
Sunflower hearts are the kernels of the sunflower seed. This means that the husk has been removed prior to the birds eating them, which means they are a seed which will not cause any mess when the birds feed on them. Due to the birds not having to open up any shells, they are less likely to drop the seeds meaning less waste and reduces the risk of any unwanted pesks such as rats. It also means that the seed is very unlikely to grow unless the weather conditions are absolutely perfect.
Sunflower hearts, if left out in a feeder for a long period of time, can go bad and the fat and oil in them will go off. This in turn can make the bird unwell, so we would suggest to only put out one-two days worth of seed out at a time depending on how many birds you have in your garden at any one time.
These little seeds have a high calorie to weight ratio which means the birds dont have to eat as many of these seeds to keep themselves fueled which is very helpful for them once breeding season comes around and fledglings are born. Once the fledglings have been born, Sunflower Heart Chips would be a great source of food to swap to as they are smaller pieces, making them easier for the fledglngs to eat so they dont choke. The chips still provide the same nutrition as the hearts, just easier and safer for the fledglings to eat.
Sunflower hearts are a nutrient rich little seed, which packs a punch for all birds. Due to them already being dehusked, this means that even Robins are able to eat them as they are softer and easier to eat.
Once you have establised a range of birds in your garden eating from these little seeds, remember to also include other mixes to give your birds a variety of choice to feed from. Do not remove the sunflower hearts as this may put the birds off from feeding from any new feeders and feed that you may put out resulting in possibily loosing your birds. Let them get used to something new, whilst keeping out the old feeder and seed so they feel comfortable and confident enough to go to new feeders.
If you are consistent with feeding you may attract a wider variety of birds. These can include:
- Collared Doves
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