Why Quality Bird Food is Important
If you dine at a fancy restaurant and the food comes out cold or tastes unappealing, you likely wouldn’t choose that place to dine at again, right? The same notion applies to the birds that come to your bird feeders. If they’re making the journey to eat at your feeders, they want a certain quality and selection of bird food that they love. Quality bird food doesn’t have to mean emptying your wallets every month when it’s time to stock up. Just by choosing a bird food that doesn’t include fillers and unnecessary additives, you’ll be doing birds a huge favor that they certainly won’t forget when choosing a place to eat.
It may seem that the options are endless when standing in the bird food aisle. There are so many different mixes and blends that it’s easy to just grab one and move on. Here at birdfeeders.com we take the stress out of selecting the best bird food and offer only the finest options at a great value.
Bird feeding is the second most popular hobby in the U.S. behind gardening. That means if birds don’t find what they’re looking for in your bird feeders, they likely have many other options nearby to choose from. Keep them coming back to your bird feeders time and again by offering only top-notch bird food from Perky-Pet® and Lyric®.
Bird Food Types
Wild bird feeders, hummingbird feeders, and oriole feeders all require a specific bird food type. Read below to find out more about each type and how to choose the best option for you.
Bird Seed - There are many different options to choose from when selecting seed for bird feeders. Some of the most popular varieties among feeder birds are black oil sunflower seed, safflower seed, thistle seed, and peanuts. There are also a number of seed mixes that combine a few of different seed types to give birds variety and selection. Make sure that your feeder can accommodate whichever seed option you want to offer. Because seeds have different diameters and shapes, not all bird feeders will hold all seed sizes. Peanuts are larger than sunflower seeds and may require larger openings. Thistle is much smaller than sunflower and will require small ports so the seed doesn’t spill out.
Pro Tip: Try to avoid mixes that have milo in them. Milo is a small, round seed that is reddish in color. Ground feeding birds may eat this seed, but most feeder birds prefer other seed varieties and will just toss it on the ground. You’ll end up with a mess under your feeders and spend more money in the end by having to refill more often.
Hummingbird Nectar - Hummingbirds use a lot of energy flying long distances as they migrate. In fact, they fly so much that they often hover when drinking instead of perching like other birds! That’s why they rely primarily on nectar and insects for nourishment. Nectar is a sugar water solution that provides hummingbirds with tons of energy, and is dispensed through tiny ports in hummingbird feeders. Nectar can come in ready-to-use solutions or liquid and powder concentrate solutions that must be mixed with water before filling.
Pro Tip: Hummingbirds also love nectar producing flowers. Try planting hummingbird luring flowers like honeysuckle, fuchsia, and bee balm near where you hang your feeders to get more hummingbird action.
Oriole Nectar - Orioles love sweet nectar, just like hummingbirds. However, orioles are fond of citrus fruits too. Typically, oriole nectar has a natural citrus flavor to appeal to an oriole’s unique tastes. Oriole nectar comes in ready-to-use, liquid concentrate, and powder concentrate options.
Pro Tip: Orioles also prefer fruit like oranges and apples. Place a plate of sliced fruit near your oriole nectar feeder to keep them hanging around longer.