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Finch food - exclusive to British Bird Food

Posted by British Bird Food 19/05/2014 0 Comment(s)
Attracting Finches to your bird feeders is one of the most sought after rewards from feeding the wild birds in your garden. At this time of year the Bullfinch, Goldfinch and Greenfinch are magnificent in their breeding plumage. Brilliant colours from our native birds - but how do you attract them to your garden instead of your neighbours! First priority is to ensure your feeding station is in the right place, out of reach of predators, close to a place of cover (like a bush or hedge) and away from any activity and noise from us humans. Then you need to have the right type of food for the birds in your location and of course provide some fresh clean water for them to drink and bathe in. Food for wild birds is very specific to each garden and we can't 'prescribe' a winning mix, but generally you will get on best with the higher quality mixes that provide the birds with easy access to wholesome and high energy giving seeds, so mixes with Sunflower Hearts, mealworms, suet pellets and granulated nuts tick all the right boxes. Try some small quantities of different mixes to find the one that best suits your garden, you will know when you find the best one, as the birds will clear everything up and keep coming back for more. Once you have the right mix, you need to get the best feeding utensil, so a bird table, ground feeding tray and tube feeder are the basics, there are many to chose from, so it depends how much you want to spend and how often you want to be filling the feeders. Now, for finches the secret ingredient is Niger seed, they love it, and once they know where it is they will flock to your feeders. But you do need  a special feeder for Niger seed, because it is such a tiny seed, the feeder only has tiny holes to prevent the seed spilling out. Here at British Bird Food, we have taken the next step and mixed our own blend of Finch food. We did this because we had not seen any Bullfinches in our garden for many years. It took another year, but we did get the Bullfinch to come to our feeders and they return each year now and enjoy the Finch food we put out for them. The only other specific food and feeder you might want is a peanut feeder, this will provide food for the Nuthatch and Woodpecker, which again are beautiful birds at this time of year. We always feed whole nuts through a peanut mesh feeder and granulated peanuts via a mix in a tube feeder. This is to avoid the risk of the birds taking whole nuts back to the nest and feeding the young chicks with them, as this can cause choking. [caption id="attachment_3304" align="alignleft" width="150"]Finch food from British Bird Food Exclusive finch mix from British Bird Food.[/caption]

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