For the Birds
We have the best-quality birdseed and bird feeders here to attract a wide variety of birds. Find out what kind of birds like different types of birdseed so you can attract your favorite bird to your own yard.
Below are popular types of birdseed that will attract the birds around your home for hours of bird watching enjoyment.
Black Oil Sunflower Seed
A great choice for backyard birds, the husk of the sunflower seed is black, thin, and easy to crack. These seeds are high in fat content and contain nutritional value to keep birds healthy and coming back for more.
Striped Sunflower Seed
These sunflower seeds have a firmer shell, making it difficult for species such as house sparrows and blackbirds to open them. So while it could be difficult for some birds to open, it may be beneficial to you if you’re looking to decrease the number of birds you’re feeding.
Many types of birds eat corn, including pheasants, turkeys, quails, cardinals, grosbeaks, crows, ravens, jays, doves, and many others. Make sure this bird feed doesn’t get wet and replace it often to avoid moisture from forming.
Cardinals favor safflower, so stock up on this seed if you want to see these birds in your yard. Although it’s a difficult seed to crack, birds such as chickadees, doves, and sparrows also like it.
Different types of feeders attract different kinds of birds, so for the widest variety of birds, you should include several different types of feeders in your yard that offer various food choices. Learn more about feeders from the information below to find out what’s best for you and your landscape.
Tray or Platform Feeders
These types of feeders attract many different species of seed-eating birds, from pigeons to sparrows. It’s best to find one with a screened bottom to help promote drainage so that moisture can filter through and bacteria doesn’t form within the seed. When utilizing a tray or platform feeder, it’s important to refresh the birdseed every day or two so that there is not any unsafe fungus in it.
Hopper or House Feeders
This type of feeder attracts finches, jays, cardinals, sparrows, chickadees, and many more. These feeders can typically hold seed for several days, but it’s important to replace the seed if it gets wet. Hang your hopper or house feeder from a pole or a tree, but be careful if you see squirrels; they’ll be able to get the seed.
Hollow tubes that hold seed are sometimes wrapped in a metal mesh to keep squirrels away and provide food for small birds like sparrows, grosbeaks, chickadees, and finches but exclude large species. It’s important to keep an eye on the feeding port to prevent mold and bacteria from forming.