Eight types of bird seeds for Birdfy and their advantages & disadvantages
For Birdfy, there are many kinds of bird food we can put, mealworms, peanuts, fruit, and seeds. One of the most important components is seeds. Seed is a large range that contains eight different species, mainly has got black oil sunflower seed, striped sunflower seed, Safflower Seed, and so on. Now let's analyze their advantages and disadvantages.
Black oil sunflower seed
Black oil sunflower seed is a key component of many bird seed mixes. The seeds have thin shells and a high oil content that appeals to the majority of bird species. And you can also grow and harvest black oil sunflower seeds during the summer months.
However, squirrels love these seeds, too. Make sure you can protect the feeder from squirrels because they will snatch all the black oil sunflower seeds.
Striped sunflower seed
Striped sunflower seed is similar to black oil seeds, striped sunflower seed is a good high-fat, high-oil seed that many birds will sample. And maybe it is good news that squirrels seem like they don't like this seed.
But because the seed is thicker and harder than black oil sunflower seed, the striped seed may be eaten last as birds naturally seek out easier, more convenient foods first.
Safflower looks like a white sunflower seed, safflower is actually a completely different plant. The white seeds are favorites of doves, titmice, and cardinals. Safflower is generally more expensive than other seeds and may be mixed with sunflower chips or millet in premium mixes to be more affordable and appealing to more bird species. Because this seed has a somewhat bitter taste, it is usually neglected by squirrels and other wildlife.
Hulled Sunflower Seed
These seeds already have the hulls removed, there is no waste left around the Birdfy. Hulled sunflower seeds are rich in oil and a high source of calories for birds. Hulled seeds are more expensive than regular sunflower seeds. All songbirds, including finches, sparrows, cardinals, titmice, and chickadees, enjoy hulled sunflower seeds.
Hulled sunflower seeds are ideal for winter bird food. Birds do not need to waste energy trying to remove the hull to open seeds.
Nyjer is a kind of oil-rich, high-fat, high-protein seed. And Nyjer is a favorite seed for many small birds, including siskins, goldfinches, redpolls, and juncos. While Nyjer is more expensive than larger seeds, it is a good economic value because little is wasted.
Millet is a grass seed that's very popular with small birds. It is available in both white and red varieties, and both are suitable as food for backyard birds. Millet is high in starch, protein, fiber, and fat, and is a good food source for small birds.
But it's important to keep the millet as dry as possible. Only set out a little bit that can be eaten in a day.
Cracked corn is a part of seed mixes. It is a very economical type of grain, and easily available not only at wild bird stores but also at agricultural feed stores and many garden centers.
A good source of both oil and starch, cracked corn is inexpensive. Offering cracked corn sprinkled directly on the ground, or mixed in with other types of seed is very easy for bird feeders to prepare. But cracked corn is prone to rotting and mold as a result of moisture.
Milo is a filler seed with poor nutritional value for birds, but it does offer some iron, fiber, and calcium for birds that eat it. This grain is available in both red and white varieties. Because it is large and bulky, it is less expensive than most other types of bird seed.
To avoid excessive wasted seed or spillage, it may be best to offer this seed in limited quantities and only refill the seed when it is completely consumed.