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About sunflower hearts, natures greatest versatile bird feed.

on October 08, 2020

Lots of sunflower hearts

That’s right Sunflower Hearts! The highly versatile, delicious, and nutritious seed which birds can’t get enough of. Throughout the coldest, wettest and windiest months these seeds are the perfect meal for a wide range of wild birds by providing them with everything they need to thrive on in one super seed. Sunflower hearts are the perfect seed to dish-up that birds will love, which also doesn’t create a mess in your garden. For this blog we’ve answered a few popular questions about Sunflower Hearts to help you make the right choice when searching for bird feed.


What is the difference between sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts?

Sunflower hearts are just sunflower seeds without the black outer shell (the husk). They are essentially the seed itself without the wrapper, meaning there is less mess in your garden, it’s an easy feed seed, and loved by a variety of wild birds. The ease of a seed without a husk makes sunflower hearts extremely desirable to wild birds all year round. Sunflower Hearts are a little more expensive than sunflower seeds due to the manufacturing process of removing the husk. However, if you are looking to attract a variety of species and encourage some of the rarer species of birds in, Sunflower Hearts are well worth the little extra price to keep your happy little customers coming back.


What birds will eat sunflower hearts?

Robins, Blue tits, Great tits, Chaffinches, Collared doves, Dunnocks, Goldfinches, Great spotted woodpeckers, Greenfinches, House sparrows, Long-tailed tits, Nuthatches, Blackbirds, Starlings and Wood pigeons all love sunflower hearts. If you are trying to attract any of these birds into your garden, sunflower hearts can be fed from a variety of feeders all year round. They have been incredibly successful and are the worst kept secret when it comes to how much birds love them. The high fat, oil and protein content in sunflower hearts makes them the perfect feed throughout Autumn and Winter (they can still be fed all year round).


Are sunflower hearts good for birds?

Yes, they are.

Sunflower hearts are packed full of essential proteins and oils that’s birds need to keep them in peak condition all year round. They are a quick and easy meal which provides birds with an excellent level of nutrition to keep their feathers, skin and beaks in a healthy condition. During the colder more difficult times of the year, it’s paramount that birds get the full energy boost they need to survive. As these versatile seeds are high in protein, they are often included in other mixtures to ensure a high calorie count. By feeding pure sunflower hearts it ensures birds get the essential feed they need without having to spend time searching through other seeds. They are an easy to eat feed that’s perfect for an ‘on the go’ lifestyle that birds have. They are natural, easy to digest, ready to eat (no husk) and a perfect seed to be carried back to a nest for fledglings.

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What is the best feeder for sunflower hearts?

Sunflower hearts can be fed from any kind of mixed seed feeder. We would recommend the Singing Friend Uni-Feeder, which you can feed a wide selection of bird seeds from, which includes sunflower hearts. The feeder is strong, reliable and able to withstand all the elements for all year round feeding. Ensure you don’t get a suet feeder if you are planning on feeding sunflower hearts, as they are designed to hold fat blocks, balls and pellets rather than seed.


Are sunflower seeds expensive?

No, we offer the best price available online. You don’t have to take our word for it, you won’t find a better offer anywhere else. We offer a variety of sizes to ensure you get what works best for you. From a convenient 5ltr bucket which provides excellent storage, to a 20kg bag for those who prefer to buy bird feed in bulk. There is a little extra cost to sunflower hearts rather than seeds because of the manufacturing process of removing the husk, however there are plenty of benefits to go along with it.

If this blog helped to answer any of the questions you needed answering, or if you have any questions of your own let us know in the comments below.


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