Sunflower Kernels (Hearts)
Sunflower Kernel, sometimes known as Sunflower Hearts are the most widely preferred seed by the greatest variety of garden birds. Birds are quick to recognise high energy food that is easily, safely and rapidly accessed.
From the birds point of view, the longer they spend time at the table, the longer they are vulnerable to predation, so they seek out highly nutritious food that they can eat quickly. From our point of view feeding Sunflower kernels is the most economic way to attract the widest range of birds into our gardens.
Sunflower seed is the fruit of the sunflower plant which is widely grown across central Europe. These seeds are high in energy (584 kcal/100g) and are composed of 5% water, 20% carbohydrates, 51% total fat and 21% protein.
Sunflower seed is available in the black husk (Black Sunflower Seed) or as whole kernels or chips, both of which are de-husked. Black Sunflower Seed in the husk is the cheapest way to feed sunflower, but the birds need to de-husk it before eating. This leaves a pile of black husks under your feeder. However, some ground feeding bird such as chaffinch enjoy sifting through the debris looking for seed that has been unopened.
Birds attracted to Sunflower Kernels:
All of our common garden birds including all the tit, finch and sparrow families take Sunflower kernels (or Sunflower Chips) as their first seed of choice. In addition, nuthatches, woodpeckers and ground feeding birds such as thrushes, blackbirds and dunnock.
Feeding through any traditional seed feeder, or on the ground or table.
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Depending on pack size, you will receive your bird food in a cardboard box lined with plastic, or in a zip tie plastic bag within a grey postal bag. The plastic ensures the product remains clean, fresh and dry.
Depending on pack size your product will be sent by DPD overnight carriers, Royal Mail Large Letter format or Royal Mail Small Parcel format.