We are asked many times what is the best seed mix for feeding wild birds, or how can we help to get a particular type of bird to come to a feeder. The truth is, whilst you can feed certain types of seed mixes and straight seeds to encourage a particular bird, by far the most important things (2 of them) are positioning of feeder and freshness of the food you offer.
Positioning of feeders is dealt with in our help and advice pages, but as for freshness, it is a matter of good planning and housekeeping as to who gets the best variety of birds in their garden.
At British Bird Food one of our fundamental principles is to offer freshness as standard, we operate a stock system that ensures all our food is very fresh and our production system is so simple, we can say we check every single bag before we send it out to our customers. You should expect to be able to keep your bird food in the right conditions for at least six months and it will still be as good as the day you received it.
Storing wild bird seed is straight forward. Keep it cool and dry and away from pests. decant your bird food as soon as it arrives into your storage containers. (if you order on a regular basis and have enough for a month at a time, then it is fine to leave it in the bags it arrives in) and every month or so, give what is left in the container a stir, just to prevent any stagnation. As long as the food is kept like this it will last a long time, remember to empty out the oldest seed before filling with new.
Peanuts and sunflower hearts can be stored in the same way as seed. Suets should be kept away from direct sunlight and excess heat (in the summer time, keep a block or two in the fridge – it will last longer for being harder). All our suet products are human grade ingredients and no palm oil is used. It is important to note that our suet is beef, not the cheaper pork suet, which is not so attractive to your birds.
Finally and most importantly, if you need any advice at all just pick up the phone, we are always happy to help you get the best from your feeders.