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Behind the thin black husk, our black sunflower seeds for garden birds are packed full of essential oils and calories. Black Sunflower seeds are a great cost-effective alternative to sunflower hearts and a good way to cater for a wide range of wild birds in your garden.

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Black Sunflower seeds provide fat and energy to your garden birds as they contain oil, protein, vitamins and minerals.
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FAQ Title 1

Which birds eat Black Sunflower seeds?

FAQ Content 1 Black Sunflower seeds are eaten by songbirds which are able to crack open the husk, with the two families essentially being finches and tits. Greenfinches especially like black sunflower seeds, as do great tits and coal tits. Softbill songbirds such as blackbirds and robins can’t eat sunflower seeds as they’re unable to remove the husk. However, they’ll readily eat sunflower hearts.
Black Sunflower seeds can also be found in our Mixed Seed, Finch Mix and High Energy Mix bird seed.
FAQ Title 2

What’s the difference between regular Sunflower seeds and Black Sunflower seeds?

FAQ Content 2 Regular Sunflower seeds – or striped Sunflower seeds to give them their proper name – have a thicker husk compared to black sunflowers, and although some species of finch and tit can break it open, it takes them longer and therefore the bird uses up more energy doing so. In this respect, Black Sunflower seeds are the better option.
FAQ Title 3

How do I feed Black Sunflower seeds to birds?

FAQ Content 3 Black Sunflower seeds are best suited to be fed in a hanging seed feeder, as the species that eat them – mainly tits and finches – will all use such a feeder. A very important point to note, is that the waste husks which build up on the ground below the feeder should be cleared up regularly, plus the feeder position moved every week or so. This is because the build-up of rotting husks can quickly harbour bacteria and disease, which is a very real threat to the health and survival of the birds – in particular finches which are very susceptible. If you don’t have time to clear up the husks or the space to regularly move the feeder, then use Sunflower Hearts instead.

All prices in our catalogue and on our website include delivery; there are no hidden extra costs. Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched on that day using a next working day delivery service. Therefore an order placed on Tuesday morning should be delivered on Wednesday and an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.

We don't deliver on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. We offer a no sigature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags.

Live food orders and orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

If you have not received your order within 7 working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK and Northern Ireland with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied.
Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

  • Brian Tuckwell

    100%

    Excellent prompt delivery

    17/09/2021
  • Sarah Roe

    100%

    The seeds are popular with the Blue Tits. Look nice & fresh, arrived speedily as usual.

    26/08/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds love them and I will be ordering more

    25/08/2021
  • Kevin Dalley

    100%

    At the rate of consumption, they must be very good. Seeds fallen to the ground are popular with goldfinch, greenfinch and sparrows. A good crop of sunflowers as well.

    16/08/2021
  • Brian Allflatt

    80%

    Your products are good and I would buy everything from you if the products were in smaller quantities. I don't need 6 Kg of peanuts or 4 kg of sunflower. If you can see your way to adjusting I will return as loyal customer. Right now theres o chance Regards Brian Allflatt PS I have just placed a £48.00 order with one of your competion at no extra cost.

    12/08/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great product, and so good to deal with a local UK grower!

    05/08/2021
  • Christopher Daines

    100%

    They are proving to be very popular with a fairly wide variety of birds, the feeders look as if they will need filling at least 3 times per week.

    03/08/2021
  • Colin Maguire

    80%

    Excellent for greenfinches and goldfinches.

    02/08/2021
  • Mr john Cooper

    100%

    The birds love them, so they must be OK! Vine House Farm always very efficient.

    02/08/2021
  • Mr brian Stark

    100%

    As usual an excellent delivery service and the Black Sunflower seeds are popular with our Wild Birds

    26/07/2021
  • Peter Maggs

    100%

    22/07/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Excellent birds love them , my own love bird bird also likes them a lot.

    06/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Excellent product. Great price and extremely fast delivery. All in all a five star company.

    26/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Product as advertised and delivery very prompt - again as advertised. This is what I would describe as a quality service; you get what you ordered when you have been told it will be delivered.

    18/05/2021
  • Christine Long

    100%

    The great Tits and Blue Tits just love these black sunflower seeds. I'm very happy with them.

    18/05/2021
  • Christine Pearce

    100%

    Feeding 5 varieties of feed at present ( from Vine House Farm ). Black sunflower seeds popular with my garden birds. Have about 8 different species visiting daily. I do put out food every day for ground feeders, the variety attracts many birds, even ducks sometimes (live on the river)

    14/05/2021
  • Phil Huggins

    100%

    Birds love them!

    11/05/2021
  • Paul Willings

    100%

    After the initial dormasnt period where birds are taking note of what is available these have now been going down at the same or similar rate as the premium food mix. It appears that finches are the main contender for this.

    05/05/2021
  • Alyson M buchan

    100%

    The birds can tell if food is good quality. These are disappearing very quickly

    03/05/2021
  • Mr robert Baillie

    100%

    Usual excellent product and service from Vine House. Super fast delivery. Vine House is highly recommended.

    30/04/2021
  • Terry King

    100%

    As always arrived promptly. I actually feed them to the squirrels to keep them occupied and away from the smaller seeds so the little birds get a chance. The squirrel seem to prefer the black sunflowers to anything else so it keeps them occupied. Not that I want to encourage squirrels I just gave up for years ago trying to beat them! Tk

    22/04/2021
  • Roger Pannell

    100%

    22/04/2021
  • Anne Robertson

    100%

    Excellent the birds love them especially the bull finches

    06/04/2021
  • David Priaulx

    100%

    excellent service and good quality

    29/03/2021
  • Mr john Knight

    100%

    i have greenfinches,bullfinches and chaffinches visiting my seed feeders regularly plus tits and the occasional goldfinch.They are all attracted by the consistent quality of the sunflower seed.

    25/03/2021
  • Sylvia Prosser

    100%

    Very popular with the birds. You have to not mind black husks all over the ground! ? Weed suppression!

    24/03/2021
  • Mrs margaret Young

    80%

    Black sunflower seeds very popular with tits, great spotted woodpecker, etc. here in hills of Powys. But a small proportion of small twigs and foreign vegetation is currently included.

    24/03/2021
  • Susan Caygill

    100%

    Birds seem very happy , no waste

    24/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Our birds are really keen on the black sunflower seeds& we get a good variety of them visiting all day, every day. Ordering & delivery from Vinehouse Farm is brilliant - easy & very quick. Being able to support our local Wildlife Trust is a great bonus.

    13/03/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    I was looking for a farm in the UK that grew and sold bird food as I am trying to support British Farmers. I found Vine House Farm. Glad I did. Shiny quality black sunflower seeds delivered quickly to the door and at a reasonable price. I will be reordering thank you!

    12/03/2021
  • Ron Meredith

    100%

    Large and clean brilliant

    06/03/2021
  • Judith Langfield

    100%

    Excellent quality, arrived on time. Good value for money. The blue gits love them.

    28/02/2021
  • Ms Lou weekes

    100%

    17/02/2021
  • Gwen Williams

    80%

    The Black Sunflower Seeds are a success. The smaller birds simply love them

    15/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Easy to order. Arrived very quickly. Excellent service. I use bag for my rubbish so recycled.

    15/02/2021
  • Corinne Sharpling

    80%

    Very good seeds But have found recently small pieces of wood in the seed which stick In the feeders and prevent the seeds from falling I spend a lot of time picking them out

    12/02/2021
  • Andy Coward

    100%

    10/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    very good value given the amount of high quality seed

    02/09/2020
  • Dorothy Robson

    100%

    Again very good quality and very little mess left on the ground.I get great pleasure from watching the many varieties that come to the feeders.

    02/09/2020
  • John Woodland

    100%

    Well packaged and a very high quality product. The blue tits love 'em, we're rated highly on bird trip advisor!

    02/09/2020
  • Janet Wood

    100%

    I have been buying this product for more than 10 years and will keep on buying from Vine House Farm because it is so popular with so many birds.

    31/08/2020
  • M Walker

    80%

    Seed popular with birds. About quarter way down bag have noted increased amount of small twigs and non-sunflower grain contamination: probably less than 0.5%. Delivered promptly on time.

    31/08/2020
  • Keren Smith

    100%

    As always, very pleased with the quality of produce from Vine House Farm.

    31/08/2020
  • Peter Sims

    100%

    Good product - birds love them

    31/08/2020
  • Tricia Lennie

    100%

    I'm a repeat customer. I wouldn't buy anywhere else. Always great quality seeds and efficient delivery. I love the newsletters and wish Vine House every success.

    31/08/2020
  • Lin Fletcher

    100%

    Get lots of tits and finches so yet again great

    31/08/2020
  • David Goater

    100%

    birds cant get enough they also grow into cracking sunflowers

    30/07/2020
  • Katherine Rutherford

    100%

    It's what it says on the bag! 20kg makes it a worthwhile buy, lasts longer.

    30/07/2020
  • Howard Williams

    100%

    I have bought these from Vinehouse Farm for years and they are always promptly delivered and well packed. There are very few stalks or emptyish seeds, mostly plump and well-filled. A bit of inevitable dust at the very bottom of the bag when the bag is nearly empty.

    30/07/2020
  • Margaret Thomas

    100%

    birds love them!

    29/06/2020
Black Sunflower seeds provide fat and energy to your garden birds as they contain oil, protein, vitamins and minerals.

All prices in our catalogue and on our website include delivery; there are no hidden extra costs. Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched on that day using a next working day delivery service. Therefore an order placed on Tuesday morning should be delivered on Wednesday and an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.

We don't deliver on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. We offer a no sigature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags.

Live food orders and orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

If you have not received your order within 7 working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK and Northern Ireland with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied.
Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

  • Brian Tuckwell

    100%

    Excellent prompt delivery

    17/09/2021
  • Sarah Roe

    100%

    The seeds are popular with the Blue Tits. Look nice & fresh, arrived speedily as usual.

    26/08/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds love them and I will be ordering more

    25/08/2021
  • Kevin Dalley

    100%

    At the rate of consumption, they must be very good. Seeds fallen to the ground are popular with goldfinch, greenfinch and sparrows. A good crop of sunflowers as well.

    16/08/2021
  • Brian Allflatt

    80%

    Your products are good and I would buy everything from you if the products were in smaller quantities. I don't need 6 Kg of peanuts or 4 kg of sunflower. If you can see your way to adjusting I will return as loyal customer. Right now theres o chance Regards Brian Allflatt PS I have just placed a £48.00 order with one of your competion at no extra cost.

    12/08/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great product, and so good to deal with a local UK grower!

    05/08/2021
  • Christopher Daines

    100%

    They are proving to be very popular with a fairly wide variety of birds, the feeders look as if they will need filling at least 3 times per week.

    03/08/2021
  • Colin Maguire

    80%

    Excellent for greenfinches and goldfinches.

    02/08/2021
  • Mr john Cooper

    100%

    The birds love them, so they must be OK! Vine House Farm always very efficient.

    02/08/2021
  • Mr brian Stark

    100%

    As usual an excellent delivery service and the Black Sunflower seeds are popular with our Wild Birds

    26/07/2021
  • Peter Maggs

    100%

    22/07/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Excellent birds love them , my own love bird bird also likes them a lot.

    06/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Excellent product. Great price and extremely fast delivery. All in all a five star company.

    26/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Product as advertised and delivery very prompt - again as advertised. This is what I would describe as a quality service; you get what you ordered when you have been told it will be delivered.

    18/05/2021
  • Christine Long

    100%

    The great Tits and Blue Tits just love these black sunflower seeds. I'm very happy with them.

    18/05/2021
  • Christine Pearce

    100%

    Feeding 5 varieties of feed at present ( from Vine House Farm ). Black sunflower seeds popular with my garden birds. Have about 8 different species visiting daily. I do put out food every day for ground feeders, the variety attracts many birds, even ducks sometimes (live on the river)

    14/05/2021
  • Phil Huggins

    100%

    Birds love them!

    11/05/2021
  • Paul Willings

    100%

    After the initial dormasnt period where birds are taking note of what is available these have now been going down at the same or similar rate as the premium food mix. It appears that finches are the main contender for this.

    05/05/2021
  • Alyson M buchan

    100%

    The birds can tell if food is good quality. These are disappearing very quickly

    03/05/2021
  • Mr robert Baillie

    100%

    Usual excellent product and service from Vine House. Super fast delivery. Vine House is highly recommended.

    30/04/2021
  • Terry King

    100%

    As always arrived promptly. I actually feed them to the squirrels to keep them occupied and away from the smaller seeds so the little birds get a chance. The squirrel seem to prefer the black sunflowers to anything else so it keeps them occupied. Not that I want to encourage squirrels I just gave up for years ago trying to beat them! Tk

    22/04/2021
  • Roger Pannell

    100%

    22/04/2021
  • Anne Robertson

    100%

    Excellent the birds love them especially the bull finches

    06/04/2021
  • David Priaulx

    100%

    excellent service and good quality

    29/03/2021
  • Mr john Knight

    100%

    i have greenfinches,bullfinches and chaffinches visiting my seed feeders regularly plus tits and the occasional goldfinch.They are all attracted by the consistent quality of the sunflower seed.

    25/03/2021
  • Sylvia Prosser

    100%

    Very popular with the birds. You have to not mind black husks all over the ground! ? Weed suppression!

    24/03/2021
  • Mrs margaret Young

    80%

    Black sunflower seeds very popular with tits, great spotted woodpecker, etc. here in hills of Powys. But a small proportion of small twigs and foreign vegetation is currently included.

    24/03/2021
  • Susan Caygill

    100%

    Birds seem very happy , no waste

    24/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Our birds are really keen on the black sunflower seeds& we get a good variety of them visiting all day, every day. Ordering & delivery from Vinehouse Farm is brilliant - easy & very quick. Being able to support our local Wildlife Trust is a great bonus.

    13/03/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    I was looking for a farm in the UK that grew and sold bird food as I am trying to support British Farmers. I found Vine House Farm. Glad I did. Shiny quality black sunflower seeds delivered quickly to the door and at a reasonable price. I will be reordering thank you!

    12/03/2021
  • Ron Meredith

    100%

    Large and clean brilliant

    06/03/2021
  • Judith Langfield

    100%

    Excellent quality, arrived on time. Good value for money. The blue gits love them.

    28/02/2021
  • Ms Lou weekes

    100%

    17/02/2021
  • Gwen Williams

    80%

    The Black Sunflower Seeds are a success. The smaller birds simply love them

    15/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Easy to order. Arrived very quickly. Excellent service. I use bag for my rubbish so recycled.

    15/02/2021
  • Corinne Sharpling

    80%

    Very good seeds But have found recently small pieces of wood in the seed which stick In the feeders and prevent the seeds from falling I spend a lot of time picking them out

    12/02/2021
  • Andy Coward

    100%

    10/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    very good value given the amount of high quality seed

    02/09/2020
  • Dorothy Robson

    100%

    Again very good quality and very little mess left on the ground.I get great pleasure from watching the many varieties that come to the feeders.

    02/09/2020
  • John Woodland

    100%

    Well packaged and a very high quality product. The blue tits love 'em, we're rated highly on bird trip advisor!

    02/09/2020
  • Janet Wood

    100%

    I have been buying this product for more than 10 years and will keep on buying from Vine House Farm because it is so popular with so many birds.

    31/08/2020
  • M Walker

    80%

    Seed popular with birds. About quarter way down bag have noted increased amount of small twigs and non-sunflower grain contamination: probably less than 0.5%. Delivered promptly on time.

    31/08/2020
  • Keren Smith

    100%

    As always, very pleased with the quality of produce from Vine House Farm.

    31/08/2020
  • Peter Sims

    100%

    Good product - birds love them

    31/08/2020
  • Tricia Lennie

    100%

    I'm a repeat customer. I wouldn't buy anywhere else. Always great quality seeds and efficient delivery. I love the newsletters and wish Vine House every success.

    31/08/2020
  • Lin Fletcher

    100%

    Get lots of tits and finches so yet again great

    31/08/2020
  • David Goater

    100%

    birds cant get enough they also grow into cracking sunflowers

    30/07/2020
  • Katherine Rutherford

    100%

    It's what it says on the bag! 20kg makes it a worthwhile buy, lasts longer.

    30/07/2020
  • Howard Williams

    100%

    I have bought these from Vinehouse Farm for years and they are always promptly delivered and well packed. There are very few stalks or emptyish seeds, mostly plump and well-filled. A bit of inevitable dust at the very bottom of the bag when the bag is nearly empty.

    30/07/2020
  • Margaret Thomas

    100%

    birds love them!

    29/06/2020

FAQS

Which birds eat Black Sunflower seeds?

Black Sunflower seeds are eaten by songbirds which are able to crack open the husk, with the two families essentially being finches and tits. Greenfinches especially like black sunflower seeds, as do great tits and coal tits. Softbill songbirds such as blackbirds and robins can’t eat sunflower seeds as they’re unable to remove the husk. However, they’ll readily eat sunflower hearts.
Black Sunflower seeds can also be found in our Mixed Seed, Finch Mix and High Energy Mix bird seed.

What’s the difference between regular Sunflower seeds and Black Sunflower seeds?

Regular Sunflower seeds – or striped Sunflower seeds to give them their proper name – have a thicker husk compared to black sunflowers, and although some species of finch and tit can break it open, it takes them longer and therefore the bird uses up more energy doing so. In this respect, Black Sunflower seeds are the better option.

How do I feed Black Sunflower seeds to birds?

Black Sunflower seeds are best suited to be fed in a hanging seed feeder, as the species that eat them – mainly tits and finches – will all use such a feeder. A very important point to note, is that the waste husks which build up on the ground below the feeder should be cleared up regularly, plus the feeder position moved every week or so. This is because the build-up of rotting husks can quickly harbour bacteria and disease, which is a very real threat to the health and survival of the birds – in particular finches which are very susceptible. If you don’t have time to clear up the husks or the space to regularly move the feeder, then use Sunflower Hearts instead.
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