Feeders are not “one size fits all”–different species are attracted to different designs. The Bird Store and More in Sturbridge, MA near Hampden has many options and expert advise on the right food and feeders to attract birds to your yard. Like people, birds have different preferences when it comes to food. To learn which foods are likely to attract which species, come see us at the Bird Store and More.
Types of Bird Food
The seed that attracts the widest variety of birds, and so the mainstay for most backyard bird feeders, is sunflower. Other varieties of seed can help attract different types of birds to round out your backyard visitors. In general, mixtures that contain red millet, oats, and other “fillers” are not attractive to most birds and can lead to a lot of waste as the bird’s sort through the mix.
Here’s our quick guide to seed types, including:
- Nyjer or thistle
- White proso millet
- Shelled and cracked corn
- Milo or sorghum
- Golden millet, red millet, flax, and others
- Rapeseed and canary seed
Birds “chew” their food in the muscular part of their stomach, the gizzard. To aid in the grinding, birds swallow small, hard materials such as sand, small pebbles, ground eggshells, and ground oyster shells. Grit, therefore, attracts many birds as a food supplement or even by itself. Oyster and eggshells have the added benefit of being a good source of calcium, something birds need during egg laying. If you decide to provide eggshells, be sure to sterilize them first. You can boil them for 10 minutes or heat them in an oven (20 minutes at 250 degrees). Let the eggshells cool; then crush them into pieces about the size of sunflower seeds. Offer the eggshell in a dish or low platform feeder.
Come in and see us!
Come into the Bird Store and More to view our products designed to the highest quality bird feeders and seed. We pride ourselves on being able to give you the most accurate information and knowledge about your local birds. In Hampden, backyard bird feeding is the most relaxing, fulfilling, educational and exciting hobby that anyone, young, or old, can enjoy.
The Bird Store and More take pride in being more than just a birdseed store. We are your backyard bird feeding specialist that help you bring nature and your family together.
For all your bird supplies in New England, stop by The Bird Store and More to find out why we are the number one source for all your birding needs.
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