Wild Bird Care

SEVERAL BACKYARD BIRDS AND THEIR FAVORITE FOODS

  • American Goldfinch: Niger thistle seeds, broken sunflower hearts, oil-type sunflower seeds.

  • Northern Cardinal: Sunflower seeds of all types, safflower, cracked corn, millet, other seeds, unsalted nutmeats, raisins.

  • Black-capped Chickadee: Oil-type sunflower seeds, cracked unsalted nutmeats, safflower, suet.

  • Dark-eyed Junco: Millet, finely cracked corn, oil-type sunflower seed, unsalted nutmeats.

  • Mourning Dove: Oil-type sunflower seeds, millet, safflower, cracked corn, wheat, other seeds.

  • Native Sparrows: Red or white proso millet, oil-type sunflower seeds, cracked corn, some safflower.

  • Woodpeckers: Suet, unsalted nutmeats, sunflower seeds, cracked corn.

  • Nuthatches: Sunflower seeds, nuts and suet

  • Blue Jays: Peanuts, corn and seeds.

 

SEEDS AND THEIR VALUE TO BIRDS

  • Sunflower – High in protein and fats

  • Black Sunflower – High in oil.

  • Sunflower Kernel – High in energy.

  • Cracked Corn – Carbohydrates, grit to grind seeds.

  • Safflower – High in oils, but only specific birds will eat it.

  • Peanut Kernels – High in fat and calories

  • Thistle (Nyger) -  High in oil.

Suet

Suet is especially attractive to insect-eaters such as woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches and is a good winter energy source. Feed your birds suet during cool weather and winter months. Discontinue use when high temperatures reach 70 degrees.

McKinley Garden Center

13333 McKinley Hwy

Mishawaka, IN 46545

574-255-0114

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Thanksgiving Weekend

 

Monday: 8-5

Tuesday: 8-5

Wednesday: 8-5

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 9-3

Saturday: 9-3

Sunday: 12-4

 

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