5 Essential Bird Foods
If you’re new to bird feeding or daunted by the choice on offer from bird food suppliers, then we have picked 5 essential bird foods that will attract different species of birds to your garden.
You could start off with all 5 or introduce 1 or 2 to discover which works best for the birds in your area.
If you choose to feed birds peanuts during the spring and early months of summer then ensure you don't put out whole nuts which chicks can choke on. Either buy peanut granules or crush them up yourselves. You should also make sure you offer peanuts that are supplied for birds as peanuts contain a natural toxin which can be harmful to birds.
Best of all, because they no longer have the shell on them, smaller birds will find sunflower hearts easier to eat, birds will waste less energy cracking them open and hey will leave minimal mess under the bird feeders in your garden.
Fat balls should be kept in a cool place during storage to prevent them going rancid. And if you buy fat balls that are individually wrapped in nets, remove them before you put them out, as birds can get their legs tangled in them causing injuries or even death.
If you’re not too squeamish you can breed your own supply of live mealworms, but dried mealworms are a convenient way of attracting insectivorous birds to your garden.
Seed mixes are a versatile food that can be used in bird feeders, on bird tables, or scattered on the ground. They can also be mixed with suet to make fat feeders, or supplemented with insects or fruit depending on the birds you want to attract to your garden.