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what do you think is the best make of bird food you have bought?

I have been trying all different types of bird food and I must say that it does vary in price.  Some is so expensive.  What have you found to be the best and most economical.  I seem to be spending a fortune of mealworms at the moment but I do love to watch the frenzy it causes when I put them out. 



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    The most economical was two 12.75 kg bags from B & Q-buy one get one free- with 25% off so 25kg for £13 or so-just before Christmas-and I spent over £20 on a deal and got extra discount

    I think they gave me money in the endimage

    Check out Wilkinson's on meal worms they sometimes do deals

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,431

    I reckon to take advantage of all the bargains when they come round, even if I don't need them for a while. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I get the Niger seed on line; it worked out about £1. 10p per kilo. I get the sunflower hearts from a local farm/horsey shop cheaper than I can get it online. RSPB and similar are frankly a bit of a rip off. I have a container of mixed seed containing also meal worms but no one is very interested in it. No starlings this year, so the very cheap fat balls from Q.D. in Kings Lynn are just going to waste.

  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    As well as buying bird food, I find it quite economical to supplement this with things like supermarket Value products such as oats, dried fruit and apples (especially ones past their sell by date!).  In very cold weather when there is lots of demand for food I soak oats and stale bread in cheap sunflower oil and make a sort of pastry with value lard and flour.  All the birds seem to love it image

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,405

    I also use our local farm shop/animal supplies, who buy the ingredients and then mix it themselves.  No fancy packaging, but miles cheaper than the branded stuff - plus I like giving them my business !

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    I do the same as Chicky and also look out for bargain bird food in local stores. Making  your own fat balls is a good idea, with seeds the birds are currently eating in the garden at any one time. Aldi also do a fruity muesli which goes down well here and mixes well in fat balls. You would need to check the label though if using other brands of muesli to make sure they are bird friendly.

    Last year I grew sunflowers and fed the seeds to the birds over winter. 

  • I've given up with the ordinary bird seed as most of it was chucked around the garden beds by birds with discerning tastes apparently, which resulted in 'crops' of wheat and barley in my flower beds, pots and baskets as well as a putrid mess under the bird feeders.  i've changed to sunflower seeds as all the birds seem to like this, especially a flock of goldfinches who have been almost resident this year, bringing all their babies to feed too. The blackbirds and chaffinches dispose of what they drop, - which is a lot, - and so does the hedgehogs in the evening. One was around last week, (while the weather was weirdly mild here in SE Wales), having a quick snack. I get it from my local pet shop at £2 a kilo and get through a kilo a day so i might look on line to see if it's any cheaper.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,431

    I think wheat in the mix seed might just be a cheap bulk filler. It's always still on the lawn when everything else is gone. This might apply to barley as well if you're getting crops growing ceris.

    Growing my own sunflowers this year. Don't think growing peanuts is an option

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190

    I buy Harrisons Premier wild bird seed, it doesn't have the big bits of corn in that seem to get wasted, that is 19.99, sunflower hearts are so expensive, the last bag was 29,49,but I prefer that to the husks dropped on the ground. I find the fat balls reasonable at 11.50 per 100. it is an expensive business, but once you start it, you cant stop, and I love to watch them.

    Please make sure you take the net off the fat balls though.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • The one in tesco,the big bag 2.95 .

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