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Caring For Wild Birds

Straight seeds are great for attracting small birds they just love them., some of the foods above aren't contained in all of our mixes Providing some straight foods in addition to mixes will help attract more species that are preferred rather than mixes by certain species, and examples include Goldfinches on niger seed and Greenfinches

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Swainston's Own Mixes are mixed on a regular basis they are never sat around in our own mill for very long, so you can be assured you are getting only the best for your garden friends. Checkout our mixes by clicking below and you will see that we provide a well balanced selection

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Swainstons Family Mill has been misxing and selling wild bird seed for over 40 years. We know how to mix the right amount in every batch. If you would like to be a stockist of Swainstons brand "The Grain Store" then please feel free to get in touch. We have deliveries going out daily so your order will be with you next working day.

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If you are looking for wild bird seed mixes and straights then Swainstons family Mill is what you've been looking for. Having our own mill means we control what goes into our product. No cheap fillers which we have been asked for in the past and point blank refused we will not jeopardise the integrity of our brand for the greed of others. We stick to quality every time all the time.

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Wild Seeds Mixes

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Taking Care Of Wild Birds

Natural Food Shortages

If food shortages occur when birds have young in the nest they may be tempted by easy food put on bird tables to make up the shortfall in natural food, initially to feed themselves, but if the situation gets bad enough, they will also take the food to the nest.

Autumn and Winter

At this time of year, put out food and water on a regular basis. In severe weather, feed twice daily if you can: in the morning and in the early afternoon. Birds require high-energy (high-fat) foods during the cold winter weather to maintain their fat reserves to survive the frosty nights. Always adjust the quantity given to the demand, and never allow uneaten foods to accumulate around the feeders. Once you establish a feeding routine, try not to change it as the birds will become used to it and time their visits to your garden accordingly.

Spring and Summer

During the summer months, birds require high protein foods, especially while they are moulting. Only feed selected foods at this time of year. Good hygiene is vital, or feeding may do more harm than good.

What Do Wild Birds Eat

This may seem obvious but lots of people feed the wrong type of seed for the types of birds visiting their gardens. Understand what birds visit your garden then you will understand what they need to eat and survive. There are different mixes for feeders, for bird tables and for ground feeding. The better mixtures contain plenty of flaked maize, sunflower seeds and peanut granules. Small seeds, such as millet, attract mostly house sparrows, dunnocks, finches, reed buntings and collared doves, while flaked maize is taken readily by blackbirds. Tits and greenfinches favour peanuts and sunflower seeds. Mixes that contain chunks or whole nuts are suitable for winter feeding only. Pinhead oatmeal is excellent for many birds.

What To Avoid Feeding Wild Birds

Avoid seed mixtures that have split peas, beans, dried rice or lentils as again only the large species can eat them dry. These are added to some cheaper seed mixes to bulk them up. Also avoid any mixture containing green or pink lumps as these are dog biscuit, which can only be eaten when soaked.

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There is nothing more that I like to do than go out on a winter morning to shoot images of migrating and native birds. I attract them using wild seed mixes, also peanuts and black sunflower seeds. Swanson's Seeds provide some of the best quality seed I have purchased. Highly recommended.

Jessica WalkerWild Bird Photographer

I've always fed the wild birds that visit our garden, even from an early age feeding them kitchen scraps. Now I know better, I only purchase premium seed mixes and have found your seed mixes to be the best I have purchased in a long time. Thank you so much.

James Cornby

Feeding wild birds is a hobby of mine. I have a pond with a bird table and hanging feeders all around it, and there is nothing worse than finding lots of unsightly growth from cheap wild bird seed. This is why i only choose the best, and since I have found it easy to order online, I am getting on and using the internet is a learning curve for sure, but ease of ordering and free shipping is all i can ask for, not to mention the quality seed mixes you offer.

Elizabeth Johnson
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