|The Fat Robin Bird Seed Department
As you can see we carry a large variety of bird seed for all your backyard needs!
We get in 2-3 shipments a week to ensure that our seed is always fresh.
Not all Bird Seed is Created Equal!
There are many different bird seed mixes on the market today offering both a wide range of quality and ingredients. In areas of the south and southwest millet is the number one seed, however here in the northeast sunflower seed is eaten by the widest vareity of birds.
The following is an excerpt from an article by Louann Murray in the September issue of WildBird magazine, the quote is from Sharon Dunn of Duncraft, a highly respected leader in the bird feeder industry: "Seed mixes sold in grocery stores sometimes contain large amounts of wheat and milo. These are less expensive than sunflower seed and millet, but birds I've fed don't seem to eat them. Most of the time, they flick these seeds aside. In my experience, bargain seed mixes are frequently not a bargain."
Sunflower Seed: Comes in both black oil and striped. We prefer the black oil variety because it has a higher oil content than the striped, and makes less of a mess. Both attract a wide variety of birds including cardinals, bluejays, chickadees and titmice.
White Millet: We offer only the white millet, red is not eaten by birds in our area. If you see red millet in your seed you are paying for seed that will not be eaten. Do not buy red millet! Millet is especially important in the fall, winter and spring for juncos and migrating sparrows who especially like it and are only here doing those seasons.
Safflower: This can be offered separately in either a tray or a tube feeder. One reason people like it is because squirrels usually don't! Cardinals are especailly fond of it as well as titmice and house finches. Try mixing it with sunflower to get them started.
Corn: Corn is fine in small amounts (unless you're feeding ducks, geese or turkeys). There are some smaller birds that are fond of it as well such as doves and blackbirds. Squirrels like it too - some people use it in a separate area to keep the squirrels busy there instead of at their bird feeders.
Peanuts: Peanuts come in either pieces, whole nuts out of the shell or in the shell. The favorite among most birds seems to be whole peanuts out of the shell. I started putting them in the tray feeder behind the store and now we have chicakdees, titmice, nuthatches and jays coming whereas before we mostly had House Sparrows and Mourning Doves.
There are many specialty mixes available as well, we especially like the ones from Lyric such as the Woodpecker mix and the Delite that has no shells so there's no mess and no sprouts under the feeder! Experimenting with different feeds can be a lot of fun and may result in different birds at your feeder.
Don't forget to offer suet, it is especially good in the colder months to give birds a high energy boost.
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