How do you choose the seed or mix that’s right for your feathered friends? The answer is that there are good mixes, better mixes, and best mixes based on seed content and proportion of each seed.
Here’s how the seed preference works. Some grains, such as milo and wheat are edible, but not necessarily “treats” for many birds. Corn is tasty to some – blue jays, grackles, sparrows and mourning doves in particular. Cardinals, finches and the entire sparrow family favor millet, especially the white variety. And, safflower has its following with the cardinals, sparrows and mourning doves. The all-time, most favored seed of all is black oil sunflower seed. Black sunflower will be gobbled up by nearly every seed-eating species of bird found in Kentuckiana backyards.
To assist you with your selection, we have rated our seed mixes based on their content. Seed proportions are relative to the order in the ingredient listing. Our picks are:
Good – Outdoor Mix with corn, wheat, milo and sunflower
Better – Fancy Bird Mix with millet, milo, wheat and sunflower
Best – Gourmet Cardinal Mix with safflower, white millet, peanut hearts, wheat and plenty of black oil sunflower seed (35%)