What to Feed Wild Birds

Many people in North America and around the world have discovered that feeding wild birds is an enjoyable pastime. Unlike some hobbies, this one doesn’t have to be expensive. You will need to build to buy a bird feeder and obtain some bird food. There are several options available to you for where to procure the bird food. You can buy seed, which many people do. If you have a garden, you could also grow seed, You may not be aware that you could also make treats out of items that you probably already have in your own pantry. Now birds are particular in what they eat. Every bird subsists diet consisting of particular types of food. If you divide birds into groups by what they eat, you will find that there are four general groups: insect eaters, seed eaters, nectar eaters, and fruit and berry eaters.

If you already like to garden – or even if you want to get started, you can easily grow seeds for the birds. Sunflower seeds are an obvious choice. They are easy to grow. All you really need is a small patch of fertile ground that receives lots of sunlight and water. The sunflowers will take care of themselves. The birds will land on the flowers and eat the seeds directly from the plant. You can also save the seeds from the foods you eat: watermelons, cantaloupes, pumpkins, and squashes are good choices. (Don’t save apple seeds, as these are poisonous.) Once you have removed the seed from the fruit or vegetable, simply rinse them off and then dry the seeds. Drying is important so they don’t mold. Don’t bake them. Then save them until winter and feed them to the birds. You can combine these with sunflower seeds to make your own gourmet mixture.

Bird Eating on Sunflower Plant

Bird Eating on Sunflower Plant

An easy alternative, and one that many people opt for is to purchase seed. Now, there are lots of mixes in the market place, but it is usually best to avoid the mixed bags that are sold specifically for wild birds. These contain an awful lot of millet, and other filler seeds that birds won’t eat. Instead, simply purchase black oil sunflower seeds. These seeds are great for birds, because they are high in protein and high in fat, which is exactly what birds need.

You can, if you would like to do some creative cooking, also make your own tasty treats. An example is flax seed-cornmeal cake. It is a simple recipe. You will need bacon grease or peanut butter, eggs, flours, and seeds. In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of bacon grease or peanut butter, 2 cups of cornmeal, ½ cup of flax seed, 1 cup of whole wheat flour, ½ cup of barley, 1 or 2 eggs, and water. Add as much water you need to get the mixture to the consistency of cake batter. Spread the mixture onto a jelly roll pan and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until it is hard. Let the cake cool, and break into pieces to put on the ground or in a feeder.

Bird Eating Meal Worms

Bird Eating Meal Worms

Some birds eat insects instead of seeds. To feed these kinds of birds, you can buy meal worms from pet stores. You can put these in bird feeders, or mix them into black oil sunflower seeds or into suet.