With so many choices to choose from when it comes to feeding birds, trying to find the best option can be a bit overwhelming at times. But here at Birdkind, we are committed to helping those who want to nurture our nature. So, we've created a guide on mixtures and straights to help you work out what is best for you and your discerning visitors.
Naturally, we want to feed our birds the very best so we can continue seeing them in our gardens. With this in mind, we curated a range of mixtures that are filler-free and full of great fat, protein and energy sources. Our mixtures are made up of a range of seeds, nuts, oats and grains that come husked or huskless meaning that they will always provide a substantial feed for smaller beaked birds like robins, right through to larger beaked birds like the blue tit.
With 7 of our moreish mixtures to choose from, you may still be wondering which one is right for you. Some of our mixtures can be used all year round, such as our Everyday Essentials, Four Season Feast and Bird Booster. For a more season specific mix, our Winter Wellness or Summer Glow will provide your birds with all the nutrients they need, when they need it most. If you want to attract the nation's favourite robin, look no further than our Robin Ready mix full of all of its favourites.
Straights are a single ingredient, normally opted for by more seasoned bird feeders when they’re hoping to attract a specific type of bird to their garden. They are suitable for feeders, tables and bird platforms but work best in a specially designed feeder for peanuts or niger seed. Niger seeds are a strong favourite amongst finches and are loved due to their high content of rich oils that will be certain to boost their activity tenfold.
Another great straight that we offer at Birdkind are sunflower seeds, another firm favourite amongst UK wild birds. Sunflower seeds can come in the form of striped sunflowers, black sunflowers or sunflower hearts. All three provide a great treat for all different UK birds. Sunflower hearts are a favoured snack amongst smaller beaked birds, like the wren and robin, whereas, striped sunflower seeds are more suited to those with larger bills like the blue tit and great tit.
With both options beneficial for the birds in your garden, your choice comes down to your preference and experience when it comes to feeding birds. For novice feeders, we would advise choosing one of our mixtures that will attract and cater to a range of birds. For those of you who are more experienced when it comes to feeding birds, we would recommend trying some of our straights, depending on which birds you’re hoping to attract.
Whatever you decide to choose, you can be confident that your choice is keeping your feathered guests full and healthy.
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