We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
#13-33324 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2B4
Phone: (604) 852-1960
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
8810-C Young Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 4P5
Phone: (604) 792-1239
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Willowbrook Park Shopping Centre,
#2-6131 200th Street
Langley, BC V2Y 1A2
Phone: (604) 510-2035
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contrary to popular belief not all bird seed is the same.
Birds require large amounts of fuel to keep going. Black Oil Sunflower seed is 30% fat, making it the # 1 seed for providing the most energy. Seeds like Black Oil provide the energy birds need for their fast metabolism, as well as the fat needed to survive cold temperatures and migration. For this reason, it is the seed of choice and feeds 85% of our seed eating birds. Black Oil can be fed in two ways: in shell, or shelled and chopped (sunflower chips). Sunflower Chips are the most popular way to feed Black Oil because it doesn't grow and all birds eat it. In fact, no shells mean that the birds get 100% of the energy of the seed - no energy goes to opening the shell. In periods of high stress, like nesting or cold weather, this extra energy can be critical. Another important seed in Nyjer. Traditionally the favourite food of goldfinches and pine siskens, it is very high in protein and fat, making it a valuable seed for young nestlings who require a higher level of protein in their diet. Other birds will eat Nyjer, especially if it is mixed with fine sunflower chips. We have several chickadees, dark eyed juncos and house finches in our yard who eat it regularly. Peanuts also supply a high level of fat for the birds and have the advantage of being available in both shelled and unshelled.
The majority of backyard birds, with the exception of some birds like House Sparrows and Pigeons, do not eat grains (corn, wheat, barley, red milo etc). In many "economical" seeds, these are considered fillers and used in large quanities to keep the price down. Grains are like feeding birds bread- high in fiber and carbohydrates but very little fats or proteins. And because few birds like to eat these seeds, it all ends up on the ground under your feeder, creating a perfect breeding ground for disease and a huge attraction to rodents.
|Black Oil Sunflower||Sunflower Chips||White Proso Millet||Peanuts||Nyjer|
Birds on the West Coast eat only five main seeds: Black Oil Sunflower, Sunflower Chips, White Proso Millet, Nyger, and Peanuts. Any other seeds will only go to waste. We have mixed our own blends for several years, using only the seeds that birds eat. We also only use the years current crop of seed, so our seed is always fresh. Fresh seed has no odor, is shiny instead of dull, and (in Black Oil Sunflower and Nyjer) black rather than grey. Any seed that does not have these characteristics is old and should not be used.
Wild Birds Unlimited has designed many different blends that are filled with foods that are high in fats, protein, and other important nutrients that wild birds need. A new addition that you will find exclusively in these blends is calcium. Calcium is as important to birds as it is to us but has always been very difficult to supply. The only way that you used to be able to add this mineral was to boil egg shells, grind them up, and mix with your bird seed. And as I did just that when my finches had nestlings, I can tell you that it is a lot of work. Calcium is necessary for normal bone development and egg production making it an important year round food.
There are several new varieties of bird blends that have recently become available. Come in for a look at "the best bird seed in town!" (fillers and sticks not available with this bird seed).
No Mess Plus Blend
- includes medium sunflower chips, shelled peanuts, chopped tree nuts, peanut suet nuggets, cherries, cranberries and calcium carbonate.
No Mess No Millet
- includes medium sunflower chips, chopped tree nuts and peanut pieces.
-great mix for decks, patios or for people who don't want to feed millet.
No Mess Blend
- includes medium sunflower chips, hulled millet and peanut pieces.
-a clean way to feed both ground and feeder birds in your yard.
- a selection of chopped peanuts and tree nuts like walnuts, pecans, cashews and almonds.
- favourite food for nut eating birds, jays and squirrels.
Supreme LM Blend
-similar to our Fraser Valley and Chilliwack mixes. -includes black oil sunflower, medium sunflower chips, white proso millet and striped sunflower
Choice Plus Blend
-black oil sunflower, med sunflower chips, shelled peanuts, peanut suet nuggets, cherries, tree nuts, safflower, cranberries, striped sunflower, calcium carbonate
-includes black oil sunflower, white proso millet, striped sunflower, safflower. -good, less expensive mix for ground and feeder birds.
-mix of fine sunflower chips and nyjer seed. -good mix for finches, pine siskins and other birds that like sunflower chips. -feed in a finch feeder.
DANGER: Noxious Weeds
For years we have been telling everyone how important it is to feed your birds quality food. Bird seed that is filled with fillers is usually older and not as nutritious, can be very messy sinice birds throw out the seed that they don't want while searching for Black Oil or Sunflower Chips, and can be a true waste of money. But recently, a more sinister reason has surfaced not to purchase "bargain seed."
Studies have shown that some mixed bird seeds can also contain weeds and noxious seeds. These dangerous seeds are usually very hardy and invasive, and can pose a real threat to our local environment. Imagine finding binderweed (wild morning glory) growing underneath your feeder - one of the most difficult plants to remove from your yard (trust me, I know). The real danger is that these noxious plants may take hold in our agricutural land, resulting in high costs in labor and herbicides to remove them. So be careful when chosing your bird seed. Any brand that has fillers in it may result in you bringing home an unwanted visitor.