Is It OK to Feed Wild Birds?
I've been having a Downy Woodpecker coming to my feeder to get black oil sunflowers. So, some woodpeckers will eat them.
Bought a huge bag of black oil sunflower seeds for feeding birds all-year-round.
Just wondering if I can use the same seeds to grow sunflowers as I am located in Ontario, Canada. Some said they won't grow into sunflowers as they are processed. Just want to verify as it'll be so great if it can.
Yes, the black oil sunflower seeds that you purchase for birds will grow into a nice sunflower plant. I live in Ontario also and grow them every year. Not all of the sunflowers that you grow from the bird seed will produce seeds but they still look beautiful.
Birdseed is generally untreated and raw, so you should have success growing the sunflower seeds. However, the germination rate and quality of the sunflowers is unknown, so you could end up with only a few straggly flowers. Think of it as an experiment!
I must have some picky eaters at my feeders. I tried safflower seed and none of the birds would eat it! No one eats millet either, so I don't buy mixes that contain millet. My blue jays love whole peanuts, suet nuggets and black oil sunflower seeds. I keep my suet cake feeders full for the Downeys and red bellied woodpeckers. The smaller birds; nuthatches, chickadees, junkos, and finches all love the black oil sunflowers. Cardinals come just before sunset and eat sunflower seed that I spread on the ground for them. I love watching the birds!
WHICH BIRD FEEDERS ARE WILD TURKEYS NOT INTERESTED IN. I HAVE SPENT AN AWFUL LOT OF MONEY BUT THREY JUMP ON TOP OF THE FEEDER AND JUMPP OFF SHAKING POUNDS OF SEED TO THE GROUND TO E.AT AND CLAW MY LAWN SO i HAVE TO LAY NEW SOD EACH YEAR
Your wild bird list omitted wild parrots. We have wild parrots in South Florida and I've always wondered what to put out for them.
Chuck, I too, live in South Florida. I would caution you about the wild parrots. They can be very aggressive and take command of you yard. Also, they are off spring from escaped caged birds that survived devastating hurricanes, such as Andrew. And P.S., they can be extremely noisy if they are in large groups congregating for food.
Hello, I recently purchased a suet cage feeder that I attached to my tree to feed my feathered friends. Since bird feeding is new to me I was told that I should purchase a cake with hot pepper included in the ingredients to discourage squirrels. I purchased this from a store, however, the Audoboun society recommended the product....No creature has visited my cake in a cage; was I given misinformation? I should have purchase a loose seed without the hot peppers and just let the squirrels eat this also? Please advise, as I am a newbie at this. Thank you, Evie
I had the same thing with my birds and the suet feeder I put out. I finally put a suet cake out in the open that they could peck at outside the feeder. It was like they'd never seen the feeder before so once they discovered the cake was yummy they started using the feeder. Maybe this will work for you too.