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Sunflower heads and birds

Hello I have lots of sunflowers going strong but a few looking a bit raggy- I think I read I could remove the petals but should leave the heads and they will attract birds - is this right? or do I need to cut them and prepare the heads in some way or lie them flat on a bird table or something? Thanks in advance 


  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,633
    You can scrape the seeds out of the head and use it in seed feeders, just don't put the heads near the ground that way would encourage rats.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,859
    I've always found the heads start to go mouldy if I leave the seeds in there to dry. Maybe it's just me and how damp it is here in the Autumn but once the seeds are ripe I always scrape them out and dry them as quickly as I can then feed them to the birds as loose seed.
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