Birds and Wild Bird Feeds
I cannot stress enough about the value of providing quality wild bird feeds to your customer. Look around you at the bird feeding products available. People spend $40, $50, up to $100 for bird feeders and they want results.
Consumers are willing to buy a quality wild bird feed that may cost more if it provides them with the experience they are expecting, attracting desirable birds. It is up to us as birding retailers to educate consumers on the value of purchasing quality wild bird feed and the difference from the wild bird feeds sold at the big box and grocery stores.
Birds can identify which seeds are high in protein and will not waste time on seeds that provide insufficient nutrition. This is why filler seeds are ejected on the ground.
Birds also select seeds by weight. For example, black oil sunflower seeds that are not mature, are under developed due to disease, or the nut partially consumed by insects are lighter in weight and not attractive to birds.
A bird must consume as much as they can in a short period of time. They are on constant alert for predators, and must compete with allowed time at the bird feeder by other birds. As such birds will only select seeds that meet their needed requirements.
If you don not provide you customers with a good quality wild bird feed for their bird feeders the birds soon lose interest, the customer loses interest, and the bird feeder ends up in the garage, and sales to that customer ends.
What Do Birds Need?
The “ideal diet” for many birds in the wild is high in fats and proteins…the opposite of ours as humans. Sunflower, safflower, Nyjer and peanuts range between 20-25% protein and 30-40% fat. That’s why they make up the majority of Wild Bird Habitat’s favorite high quality bird feed mixes. You’ll find “cheap” mixes full of milo, wheat, red millet, and assorted grain products birds don’t care for. Most all of these “low cost” seed mixes only contain 8-12% protein and 2-4% fat. The evidence is on the ground where as much as 40% of it will end up scattered by the birds and uneaten.
Birds know which seeds are high in protein and will not waste time on seeds that provide insufficient nutrition. Birds also select seeds by weight.
A bird must consume as much as they can in a short period of time. They don’t have a lot of time to perch and pick through a seed mixture.
Reading Labels on Wild Bird Feeds
Wild bird feed mixes are required to list the actual ingredients they contain and labeled in an order of contents from greater to least of each ingredient. All ingredients used in wild bird feeds must be correctly identified in the ingredient section.Labels on wild bird feeds should specify if it meets the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)
Read labels carefully. Watch for questionable statements & misleading label Information.
For example: products claiming to have nuts, fruits and other ingredients should have those ingredients specifically listed in the ingredient section on the bag or label.
Every wild bird seed label must have guaranteed levels of crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber and moisture.
Is the wild bird feed you offer certified NON-GMO?
At the Wild Bird habitat Stores we only offer the highest quality wild bird feeds guaranteed fresh. Wild Bird Habitat sells over 12,000 pounds of wild bird feeds every week. Our wild bird feeds are delivered fresh two to three times each week and rotated to maintain that freshness. For more information about our 21 varieties of quality wild bird feeds contact The Wild Bird Habitat Stores in Lincoln, NE.
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