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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.

  • Keith Blacker

    100%

    17/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    80%

    The sunflowers were great and the delivery of the actual sunflowers was great, although DHL failed to deliver the second bag of sunflower hearts.... I knocked off a star as there was sweetcorn debris in with the sunflowers. Only a small amount. But there often is remnants of something else in the sack. Still can't beat it for price though.

    21/07/2022
  • Ronald Hill

    100%

    A First Class product with First Class delivery.

    19/07/2022
  • Steven Thurgood

    100%

    Excellent product and delivery service. A bargain all round. Highly recommended business.

    18/07/2022
  • Celia Walton

    100%

    Excellent as ever

    14/07/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Birds love them, and the service from Vine House Farm was exceptional.

    11/07/2022
  • Mrs jill Shipton

    100%

    Bought as a substitute to the hearts due to cost. Good quality. The squirrels love them. The birds however aren’t so keen as they like to grab and go. So will probably revert back to hearts.

    29/06/2022
  • Michael Peacey

    100%

    Super product, very popular with my garden birds,,,,,,,,,,,

    28/06/2022
  • Clive Pougher

    100%

    Very pleased with the high quality of the sunflower seeds,and so are the various birds which eat them frequently.Pleased also with the quick delivery.

    22/06/2022
  • Mr colin Hersom

    80%

    21/06/2022
  • Mr richard Caswell

    100%

    20/06/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    I ordered 13 kg of black sunflower seeds. Some of the seeds I planted, and the rest I am using as feed for birds. The birds love the seed, breaking the husks at the feeder, and ground feeding station. The seeds planted have mostly all sprouted now, and I should have my own sunflower crop this year. I very much appreciate the Vine House Farm newsletter, and efforts towards sustainable farming and supporting wildlife!

    04/06/2022
  • Jan Pinfield

    100%

    The birds love them.

    30/05/2022
  • Andrew Dixon

    100%

    Very popular with many of our local wild birds. Even the Mallards come and clear up the husks! Very fast delivery.

    17/05/2022
  • Christopher Farrow

    80%

    10/05/2022
  • James Brook

    100%

    Easy ordering, Prompt delivery, great quality.

    23/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great sunflower seeds for birds. Despatched very quickly.

    19/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Always good value and the birds approve as well!

    18/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds in my garden seem to love them

    13/04/2022
  • Michael Kettlewell

    100%

    Excellent seeds delivered quickly and efficiently. Produce of a very ecologically friendly farm doing a lot for wildlife while producing food for us all

    04/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very fast delivery, and the seeds in good condition and very quickly consumed by the birds here.

    25/03/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Black sunflower hearts birds love them .Don’t need to go out to get them .Delivered straight to door and very good price this was our 2nd order and will order again .Free delivery over £50 .Got within 2 days and grown here.

    21/03/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds in my garden always love these

    14/03/2022
  • Carol Buckden

    100%

    Good product, good service

    12/03/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Great, fast delivery

    08/03/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    the order arrived the next morning

    05/03/2022
  • Michael Ashton

    100%

    Had these before and birds like them. Delivery was prompt and advised ahead by emails. Overall very good to deal with Vine House Farm

    02/03/2022
  • Iain Byrne

    100%

    Fast delivery and birds love the food.

    28/02/2022
  • Kim Oliver

    100%

    The birds love them

    22/02/2022
  • Mrs margaret Neville

    100%

    The blue tits, great tits and green finches love these. The husks breakdown quickly.

    22/02/2022
  • Celia Walton

    100%

    excellent as always.

    14/02/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality sunflower seeds, delivered next day before 8 am!

    25/01/2022
  • Michael Nolan

    100%

    Usual excellent service and first class products.

    22/01/2022
  • Martin Gillbanks

    100%

    Good product, value for money and speedy delivery.

    20/01/2022
  • Mrs corinne Sharpling

    100%

    Nothing to say other than excellent as always

    18/01/2022
  • Clive Wiles

    100%

    Good quality and no waste

    14/01/2022
  • Neil Harvey

    100%

    Ordered one day, arrived the next day, couldn’t fault it

    06/01/2022
  • Mrs dorothy Irving

    100%

    Seeds are seeds but it's always so easy to deal with Vine House Farm

    04/01/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality and delivery reliable. My birds love them.

    03/01/2022
  • Chris Cullen

    100%

    fine

    30/12/2021
  • Deborah Emerson

    100%

    Exactly as ordered!

    27/12/2021
  • Ursula Kirby

    100%

    We have a large squirrel buster feeder at the front of the mill and another feeder at the back and both are emptied every day so our birds must give you 5 stars!.

    26/12/2021
  • Mr john Hellon

    100%

    First class product and service that’s why I’ve been buying from Vine House Farm for many years.

    25/12/2021
  • Elizabeth Bunney

    100%

    They are devoured by our birds daily!

    23/12/2021
  • Celia Walton

    100%

    The birds like them - so naturally I do too!

    23/12/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Black sunflower seed is the most popular bird food for many different birds visiting my garden this winter and many years of winters. Vine House Farm have proved to be very competitive suppliers of this product with service to match.

    23/12/2021
  • Annette Payne

    100%

    20/12/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Excellent value we ordered 2x20kg bags .The birds love them we will be ordering again .

    16/12/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All good

    10/12/2021
  • Celia Walton

    100%

    The smaller birds love these, and they don't leave the mess that super suet feeds do.

    04/12/2021
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.

  • Keith Blacker

    100%

    17/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    80%

    The sunflowers were great and the delivery of the actual sunflowers was great, although DHL failed to deliver the second bag of sunflower hearts.... I knocked off a star as there was sweetcorn debris in with the sunflowers. Only a small amount. But there often is remnants of something else in the sack. Still can't beat it for price though.

    21/07/2022
  • Ronald Hill

    100%

    A First Class product with First Class delivery.

    19/07/2022
  • Steven Thurgood

    100%

    Excellent product and delivery service. A bargain all round. Highly recommended business.

    18/07/2022
  • Celia Walton

    100%

    Excellent as ever

    14/07/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Birds love them, and the service from Vine House Farm was exceptional.

    11/07/2022
  • Mrs jill Shipton

    100%

    Bought as a substitute to the hearts due to cost. Good quality. The squirrels love them. The birds however aren’t so keen as they like to grab and go. So will probably revert back to hearts.

    29/06/2022
  • Michael Peacey

    100%

    Super product, very popular with my garden birds,,,,,,,,,,,

    28/06/2022
  • Clive Pougher

    100%

    Very pleased with the high quality of the sunflower seeds,and so are the various birds which eat them frequently.Pleased also with the quick delivery.

    22/06/2022
  • Mr colin Hersom

    80%

    21/06/2022
  • Mr richard Caswell

    100%

    20/06/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    I ordered 13 kg of black sunflower seeds. Some of the seeds I planted, and the rest I am using as feed for birds. The birds love the seed, breaking the husks at the feeder, and ground feeding station. The seeds planted have mostly all sprouted now, and I should have my own sunflower crop this year. I very much appreciate the Vine House Farm newsletter, and efforts towards sustainable farming and supporting wildlife!

    04/06/2022
  • Jan Pinfield

    100%

    The birds love them.

    30/05/2022
  • Andrew Dixon

    100%

    Very popular with many of our local wild birds. Even the Mallards come and clear up the husks! Very fast delivery.

    17/05/2022
  • Christopher Farrow

    80%

    10/05/2022
  • James Brook

    100%

    Easy ordering, Prompt delivery, great quality.

    23/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great sunflower seeds for birds. Despatched very quickly.

    19/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Always good value and the birds approve as well!

    18/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds in my garden seem to love them

    13/04/2022
  • Michael Kettlewell

    100%

    Excellent seeds delivered quickly and efficiently. Produce of a very ecologically friendly farm doing a lot for wildlife while producing food for us all

    04/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very fast delivery, and the seeds in good condition and very quickly consumed by the birds here.

    25/03/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Black sunflower hearts birds love them .Don’t need to go out to get them .Delivered straight to door and very good price this was our 2nd order and will order again .Free delivery over £50 .Got within 2 days and grown here.

    21/03/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds in my garden always love these

    14/03/2022
  • Carol Buckden

    100%

    Good product, good service

    12/03/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Great, fast delivery

    08/03/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    the order arrived the next morning

    05/03/2022
  • Michael Ashton

    100%

    Had these before and birds like them. Delivery was prompt and advised ahead by emails. Overall very good to deal with Vine House Farm

    02/03/2022
  • Iain Byrne

    100%

    Fast delivery and birds love the food.

    28/02/2022
  • Kim Oliver

    100%

    The birds love them

    22/02/2022
  • Mrs margaret Neville

    100%

    The blue tits, great tits and green finches love these. The husks breakdown quickly.

    22/02/2022
  • Celia Walton

    100%

    excellent as always.

    14/02/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality sunflower seeds, delivered next day before 8 am!

    25/01/2022
  • Michael Nolan

    100%

    Usual excellent service and first class products.

    22/01/2022
  • Martin Gillbanks

    100%

    Good product, value for money and speedy delivery.

    20/01/2022
  • Mrs corinne Sharpling

    100%

    Nothing to say other than excellent as always

    18/01/2022
  • Clive Wiles

    100%

    Good quality and no waste

    14/01/2022
  • Neil Harvey

    100%

    Ordered one day, arrived the next day, couldn’t fault it

    06/01/2022
  • Mrs dorothy Irving

    100%

    Seeds are seeds but it's always so easy to deal with Vine House Farm

    04/01/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality and delivery reliable. My birds love them.

    03/01/2022
  • Chris Cullen

    100%

    fine

    30/12/2021
  • Deborah Emerson

    100%

    Exactly as ordered!

    27/12/2021
  • Ursula Kirby

    100%

    We have a large squirrel buster feeder at the front of the mill and another feeder at the back and both are emptied every day so our birds must give you 5 stars!.

    26/12/2021
  • Mr john Hellon

    100%

    First class product and service that’s why I’ve been buying from Vine House Farm for many years.

    25/12/2021
  • Elizabeth Bunney

    100%

    They are devoured by our birds daily!

    23/12/2021
  • Celia Walton

    100%

    The birds like them - so naturally I do too!

    23/12/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Black sunflower seed is the most popular bird food for many different birds visiting my garden this winter and many years of winters. Vine House Farm have proved to be very competitive suppliers of this product with service to match.

    23/12/2021
  • Annette Payne

    100%

    20/12/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Excellent value we ordered 2x20kg bags .The birds love them we will be ordering again .

    16/12/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All good

    10/12/2021
  • Celia Walton

    100%

    The smaller birds love these, and they don't leave the mess that super suet feeds do.

    04/12/2021

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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