Vets recommend canary seed should make up about 50% of a small birds quality seed mixture. The birds can easily open those longish seeds. Birds like to feed their chicks on Canary grass during the breeding season. Canary grass contains about only six percent of fat which makes it a healthy food for pet birds that easily become overweighed.
Serving size 30g (~1.1 oz.)
|Amount per serving|
|Calories from Fat||210|
Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
Millet Seed is low in fat and considered one of the most nutritious grains you can give your bird. Millet is high in protein, carbohydrates, B-complex vitamins, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and an variety of other beneficial nutrients.
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These tiny black oilseeds are high in protein. Birds break the tiny shell to get to the meat inside. Nyjer seeds are often referred to as "thistle seeds," although they aren't related to the thistle family—they're actually seeds from a plant grown in Africa and Asia.
Nyjer seeds are ideal for small-beaked birds, such as finches, and you can find feeders specially designed to feed nyjer seed to smaller birds. Nyjer seed tends to be more expensive than many other types of seed, but many birds prefer it over other seed types.
Birds attracted to nyjer feeders include:
Shelled peanuts are favored by a number of species, especially jays. Note that peanuts are also a favorite of starlings, and may attract raccoons and squirrels. Shelled peanuts must be kept dry and feeders must be refilled frequently to avoid molding. Try not to put out more than birds can eat in a day or two.
Birds that enjoy peanuts include:
Safflower is a hard-shelled seed. Cardinals especially like safflower seeds, and they may be advantageous as a seed choice in that house sparrows, starlings and squirrels don't usually eat them.
Birds that enjoy safflower include:
Perhaps the most versatile of all the feed types, sunflower seeds will attract a wide diversity of birds to your feeders.
Striped sunflower seeds have thicker shells and are better for heavy-billed birds such as cardinals. Compared with black-oil sunflower seeds, they are harder to crack open and may be a good choice if you don't wish to feed blackbirds or house sparrows.
Birds that will eat striped sunflower seeds include:
Discarded hulls underneath the feeder may contain leftover seed pieces and attract rodents, so keep them cleaned up. Purchasing seed that's already hulled will help avoid a mess, but hulled seed tends to be more expensive and will spoil more easily than seeds with shells, so you may have to refill the feeder more frequently.
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Millet has a hard seed coat, which makes it less susceptible to rot. White millet is popular with small-beaked, ground-feeding birds and often scattered on the ground or provided in low platform feeders. (If scattered on the ground, put no more out than birds can eat in a day.) Cornell bird specialists caution that birds that some people consider a pest, such as cowbirds, blackbirds and house sparrows, also favor millet.
Birds that enjoy white millet include: