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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.

  • 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
  • Keith Popplewell

    100%

    Delivered on time, very promptly. Minor query from me about the delivery was answered quickly and completely (and was entirely due to my misunderstanding in the first place)! Birds have eaten it with enthusiasm so I'll have to order more very soon!

    29/06/2020
  • Jenny Flake

    100%

    Bought the Sunflower seeds for bird seed and have scattered some on the ground and really please some are growing to give bird seed for this autumn as well. .

    04/06/2020
  • Elaine Jeffrey

    80%

    very good prompt service

    28/05/2020
  • Elaine Jeffrey

    100%

    07/01/2021 I have been trying to order Black Sunflower Seeds online without any success ,also tried three times to phone to no avail .If you want an order either phone my L/line 01789720833 or e/mail mickandelaine@btinternet.com I Have ordered from you in the past. Thank you.

    28/05/2020
  • Leslie Weeks

    100%

    Healthy looking seeds - the birds love ‘em! More expensive than usual supplier, but delivered to door very promptly. Can not fault the service. Will use again.

    28/05/2020
  • Heather Ruffell

    100%

    Excellent quality seed and much loved by our feathered friends. Will most definitely order from Vine House Farm for future needs. Speedy delivery as well. Perfect

    28/05/2020
  • Martin Keys

    80%

    02/05/2020
  • Diana Renwick

    100%

    No problems

    01/05/2020
  • Karen Dudley-warde

    100%

    Quick delivery and the birds love them!

    29/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very quick delivery of the product at a reasonable price.

    28/04/2020
  • Roy Jackson

    100%

    Very good value. Great product.

    28/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good seed, much loved by my birds.

    27/04/2020
  • John Cooper

    100%

    A larger bag than we would have preferred, but smaller amounts were not available at the time. Anyway, good as usual, and much appreciated especially by the coal and blue tits. Will last ages, but it fitted in the storage box!

    27/04/2020
  • Roma Haigh

    80%

    Bit dusty - main concern, is the bag the seeds are packed in recyclable in the ordinary council recycle bins ? If not, where can the plastic bags go for recycling ??

    27/04/2020
  • Matt Derrington

    100%

    Birds happy with good fresh seed. Bag sturdy enough for garden clippings or logs. Good price. Donation to Wildlife Trusts. Leading to more happy birds and other wildlife. Perfect. Thank you Vine House

    27/04/2020
  • Michael Nolan

    100%

    Excellent qualty and delivery service

    27/04/2020
  • Laura Woodside-jones

    80%

    Fine, fresh.

    15/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality seed.

    11/04/2020
  • Catriona Browning

    100%

    Great product delivered very quickly from time of ordering. Love the commitment to wildlife this company has.

    09/04/2020
  • Sharon Watson

    100%

    Arrived quickly and the birds love them.

    09/04/2020
  • Elizabeth Crowe

    100%

    The birds love these, I seem to run out of them so quickly, so I always order 2 big bags.

    08/04/2020
  • Mireille Montillet

    100%

    Very impressed with this company. Excellent website, excellent fast delivery. What more can one asks, especially during the pandemic! I highly recommend them.

    07/04/2020
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.

  • 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
  • Keith Popplewell

    100%

    Delivered on time, very promptly. Minor query from me about the delivery was answered quickly and completely (and was entirely due to my misunderstanding in the first place)! Birds have eaten it with enthusiasm so I'll have to order more very soon!

    29/06/2020
  • Jenny Flake

    100%

    Bought the Sunflower seeds for bird seed and have scattered some on the ground and really please some are growing to give bird seed for this autumn as well. .

    04/06/2020
  • Elaine Jeffrey

    80%

    very good prompt service

    28/05/2020
  • Elaine Jeffrey

    100%

    07/01/2021 I have been trying to order Black Sunflower Seeds online without any success ,also tried three times to phone to no avail .If you want an order either phone my L/line 01789720833 or e/mail mickandelaine@btinternet.com I Have ordered from you in the past. Thank you.

    28/05/2020
  • Leslie Weeks

    100%

    Healthy looking seeds - the birds love ‘em! More expensive than usual supplier, but delivered to door very promptly. Can not fault the service. Will use again.

    28/05/2020
  • Heather Ruffell

    100%

    Excellent quality seed and much loved by our feathered friends. Will most definitely order from Vine House Farm for future needs. Speedy delivery as well. Perfect

    28/05/2020
  • Martin Keys

    80%

    02/05/2020
  • Diana Renwick

    100%

    No problems

    01/05/2020
  • Karen Dudley-warde

    100%

    Quick delivery and the birds love them!

    29/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very quick delivery of the product at a reasonable price.

    28/04/2020
  • Roy Jackson

    100%

    Very good value. Great product.

    28/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good seed, much loved by my birds.

    27/04/2020
  • John Cooper

    100%

    A larger bag than we would have preferred, but smaller amounts were not available at the time. Anyway, good as usual, and much appreciated especially by the coal and blue tits. Will last ages, but it fitted in the storage box!

    27/04/2020
  • Roma Haigh

    80%

    Bit dusty - main concern, is the bag the seeds are packed in recyclable in the ordinary council recycle bins ? If not, where can the plastic bags go for recycling ??

    27/04/2020
  • Matt Derrington

    100%

    Birds happy with good fresh seed. Bag sturdy enough for garden clippings or logs. Good price. Donation to Wildlife Trusts. Leading to more happy birds and other wildlife. Perfect. Thank you Vine House

    27/04/2020
  • Michael Nolan

    100%

    Excellent qualty and delivery service

    27/04/2020
  • Laura Woodside-jones

    80%

    Fine, fresh.

    15/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality seed.

    11/04/2020
  • Catriona Browning

    100%

    Great product delivered very quickly from time of ordering. Love the commitment to wildlife this company has.

    09/04/2020
  • Sharon Watson

    100%

    Arrived quickly and the birds love them.

    09/04/2020
  • Elizabeth Crowe

    100%

    The birds love these, I seem to run out of them so quickly, so I always order 2 big bags.

    08/04/2020
  • Mireille Montillet

    100%

    Very impressed with this company. Excellent website, excellent fast delivery. What more can one asks, especially during the pandemic! I highly recommend them.

    07/04/2020

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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