Three Great Seed Blends for Feeding Wild Birds

Attract a variety of songbird and migratory bird species to your feeders with a mix that will keep them coming back for more.

Birding and bird feeding are year-round activities with a cast of colorful characters that change with the seasons. Making your backyard habitat more attractive to birds at any time of year is as easy as installing a feeder. Once you have determined the style of feeder most appropriate for your habitat—hopper, tube, suet cage, or platform—it’s time to ring the dinner bell. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you shop for groceries.

11 Different Ingredients

This mix can be placed in a tube, hopper or platform feeders for local species. Wagner’s

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We all want the most vibrant mix of bird species possible, but it’s best to start by identifying the birds you already have and focus on seed beneficial to them. A multi-seed blend with a high concentration of sunflower seeds is a good all-purpose attractant.

Available in Multiple Sizes

The ingredients in this feed makes is easy for small-beaked birds to eat. Wagner’s

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If you don’t want to think about various blends, a diet of straight sunflower seed is a great option. They can be either shelled or in the hull, each of which will attract different birds based on their body size and bill shape.

No Fillers

This feed contains dried cranberries and raisins, among other things, which may help to attract new or different animals. Lyric

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Fresh seed will have a crisp and shiny appearance free of dust, stems, or other inedible debris. Make sure there is no mold or mildew growing in the bag, and store in a cool dark place to preserve freshness.