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Wild Birds Need & Crave Black Oil Sunflower Seed

birds eating from a black oil sunflower seed feederFor many years scientists have struggled to be able to clearly define the nutritional needs of wild birds and have found it a daunting task. To this day there are no definitive studies on the wild bird population's nutritional requirements, mostly because it is nearly impossible to duplicate all of the factors that can contribute to a wild bird's diet, such as: variations in bird species, temperatures, seasonal changes and even the age and size of the birds. For example, small birds will almost always eat more per unit of body weight than a larger bird and juveniles have completely different nutritional requirements than an adult of the same species; and once you've captured the wild bird in order to collect data, the data has been corrupted since the wild bird is no longer in the wild.

However, studies accomplished on some wild birds, on pet birds and on chickens have resulted in some general information. For example, we've learned that, on average, wild birds will consume about half of their daily energy requirements just to maintain their weight and health, while the rest is needed for activities, such as foraging for food, which uses a large amount of their energy stores. Even sleeping and keeping warm require fairly large energy expenditures.

It has also been discovered that migrating birds and resident birds will have quite varied requirements when it comes to storing fat, the amount of protein needed, the necessity for carbohydrates and the demand for calcium, which is highest during breeding and nesting seasons.

So, how do you provide good nutrition for such a wide variety of avian diners?

You fill your bird feeders with Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.

no_no_black_oil_feederWhy?

  • Almost all birds like Black Oil Sunflower Seed and will eat it, even if they prefer other types of food.
  • The shells are soft enough for even smaller birds to crack open.
  • Black Oil Sunflower Seeds are meatier than other varieties.
  • They contain 28% fat, 25% fiber and 15% protein, as well as calcium, B vitamins, iron, vitamin E and potassium.
  • They are readily available, both as whole seed and hulled.

We all bear a certain amount of responsibility for the health and well-being of wild birds. We, as a species, have moved into their habitat, polluted their air and forced them to adapt to a human world. The very least we can do is provide them food and a corner of our back yards for refueling on their migration pathor in which to live in relative peace, with food, water and shelter readily available.

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