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Our premium-quality sunflower heart chips for birds are a delicious, nutritious food for an array of wild birds. As with the rest of our bird food range, we provide sunflower heart chips in varying quantities to suit your exact needs, ranging from 6kg bags all the way to 50kg bags. All purchases support the Wildlife Trusts. 

 

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Unlike sunflower seeds, sunflower heart chips for birds do not come with the black husk attached, and the heart of the seed is broken down into smaller, more manageable chunks. This means that even the smallest garden birds can enjoy the benefits that come with consuming sunflower seeds.

Sunflower heart chips are an ideal type of bird food for soft-bill birds, like Blackbirds and Robins. These kinds of birds are unable to break down whole seeds because of the shape of their beaks; they are not evolved to break off the tough outer layer of the seed (called the husk). If you only put whole sunflower seeds that are still in their husks in your garden, soft-bill birds will not attempt to eat them. 

 Both sunflower hearts and sunflower heart chips have had the seed’s husk pre-removed. This means these kinds of birds are able to consume them, making them an excellent choice if you want to attract more wild bird species into your garden. 

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FAQ Title 1

Sunflower seeds vs sunflower hearts and chips: what’s the difference?

FAQ Content 1

Black sunflower seeds come in their raw, unaltered form -- complete with a black husk that encases the sunflower heart. Not all garden birds can remove the husk easily and those that can often leave the empty shell behind during the feeding process. This is where sunflower hearts come in. 

The heart is the husk-free centre of the sunflower seed; the part that provides the nutrition. Sunflower hearts are an alternative to sunflower seeds; including them in your bird food selection allows more birds to eat them and also eliminates waste (in the form of the discarded husk).

 Sunflower heart chips are the broken down versions of sunflower hearts.  

This helps smaller birds such as Dunnocks, Blackbirds and Robins to feed on them even more easily. 

FAQ Title 2

How to use sunflower heart chips

FAQ Content 2

Sunflower heart chips can help a variety of birds get the sustenance they need all year round. However, they're particularly useful during fledgling season, as they allow parent birds to feed themselves and their young quickly and easily. 

Sunflower heart chips can be used in most bird seed feeders, or they can be used with a bird table instead. You can also scatter sunflower chips on your lawn so that ground feeding birds, like Dunnocks, can easily access them. 

FAQ Title 3

What are the benefits of sunflower heart chips for birds?

FAQ Content 3

Sunflower seeds are one of the most nutritious foods for birds. They are high-energy, packed with protein and rich in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin B and iron. All of these nutrients are essential for keeping birds healthy all year round. 

Sunflower heart chips have all the same nutritional benefits as whole sunflower seeds, however, they're also easier for small and soft-bill birds to eat. Using sunflower chips rather than whole seeds also helps to attract some softbill species such as Dunnocks and Robins who would not eat whole black sunflower seeds. They are also an ideal type of bird feed during fledgling season, as young birds are able to consume them more easily. 

In addition to this, sunflower chips won't leave a mess in your garden, as birds don't need to crack open the kernels and discard the husks. Chips are also very unlikely to sprout if they are placed/fall on the ground, unlike sunflower hearts and seeds.

FAQ Title 4

What is the best way to store sunflower heart chips?

FAQ Content 4

You can store sunflower heart chips in the same way you store most wild bird food. Simply keep them in a dry, sealed container and they'll stay fresh for longer.
This food won't last long in your bird feeders, so you won't need to worry about your bird food going bad.

FAQ Title 5

Which birds eat sunflower heart chips?

FAQ Content 5

One of the best things about sunflower heart chips is that they're a versatile bird food option for a wide range of birds. This includes:

Almost all will flock towards this high energy food. Buy sunflower chips to help attract smaller birds and soft-bill birds to your outdoor area.

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.

  • Guest

    100%

    Fast delivery and great quality. The birds love these nutritious sunflower seeds!

    05/07/2021
  • Margo Thomas

    100%

    All my garden birds love these chips .

    03/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Our garden birds especially the Goldfinches and the squirrels love these sunflower chips.

    28/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds love the sunflower and the delivery was extremely quick.

    23/06/2021
  • Dianne Cumming

    100%

    Siskins and Goldfinches just love these!

    08/06/2021
  • Dorothy Moodie

    100%

    These are very popular, especially with the siskins, goldfinches and sparrows. They flow through one of my feeders (the "My Favourites" type) better than the whole sunflower hearts.

    02/06/2021
  • Peter Cook

    100%

    First time I have ordered these along with the chopped peanuts - the latter have been successful both on the table and feeder, but the former were ignored in the feeder. However the birds no longer turned their beaks up when the sunflower chips were put in small piles on the table. Now being gobbled up I am pleased to say.

    27/05/2021
  • Tim Bennett

    100%

    As with all Vine House Farm products, good quality delivered promptly to the door at good prices.

    15/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    High quality and loved by the birds

    10/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Prompt service. Excellent product and best of all a charming delivery man who put my order exactly where I wanted it in my garage.

    03/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Most of the birds like them.

    21/04/2021
  • Mr john Page

    100%

    Been using Sunflower Heart Chips for years, all the birds who visit love them. What falls out of the feeders onto the ground very soon gets mopped up by the ground feeding birds. Little disappointed by the price rise but I know it is unavoidable.

    18/04/2021
  • Mrs jill Nash

    100%

    Birds love them and no outer shell

    12/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds absolutely love them!

    24/03/2021
  • Mrs pauline Beckett

    80%

    I haven’t had these long enough to really give an opinion. I can say though that I’ve changed to these as the premium high energy mix that I normally order doesn’t seem to be as good. It’s being left and then sticks to bird table or feeder. On reading reviews I noticed other people saying the same thing. I also had problems with my order as I ordered meal worms on the same order and they weren’t delivered at all. I had to chase this up twice. Very unusual service for Vine House Farm.

    24/03/2021
  • Fran Maddy

    100%

    Vine House farm always have good service & excellent products.

    17/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular with a wide range of birds.

    09/03/2021
  • Keith Marsh

    100%

    First time I have used your company but no problems and I will use you again when the time comes around. Thank you

    09/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Still some loss of food below feeder but not as much as with whole sunflower seeds (black or hulled). Popular with goldfinches and greenfinches but other birds such as blackcap, robin and dunnock occasionally go to feeder.

    07/03/2021
  • Mr paul Moseley

    100%

    Excellent quality and competitively priced!

    06/03/2021
  • Mrs susan Foster

    100%

    I have lots of goldfinches in my garden and the chips are easier for them to eat quickly. Also bluetits and sparrows love them. So much so that I am a regular customer of vine farms as I am constantly filling the feeders. !!

    06/03/2021
  • Peter Rowley

    100%

    Excellent product, well packaged, great service from Vine House Farm

    04/03/2021
  • Elizabeth Fern

    100%

    Arrived promptly, easy to use, eagerly awaited by birds.

    23/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Have used Vine house for many years for bird feed , always pleased with the goods and service provided . Birds love it too!

    22/02/2021
  • Jo Bennett

    100%

    First time I have ordered from you. So very impressed with both you and the sunflower heart chips. I will be ordering again. Thank you.

    20/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very good value.

    15/02/2021
  • Mrs c Aitchison

    100%

    Delivery prompt despite lockdown delays. Most garden birds seem to like the chips just as much as the whole seeds, so happy with my choice.

    15/02/2021
  • Vivien Stevenette

    100%

    Always popular with my local birdies, they can’t get enough. The attraction is so keen, my feeders are rarely without goldfinch, bluetits, greenfinch and chaffinch along with sparrow and the ground feeders who clear up after the little ones.

    11/02/2021
  • Mr stephen Hibbard

    100%

    I find Sunflower Heart Chips the ideal food to offer to most birds all of whom seem to really like them. The only down side is that they do get stuck in the feeder when they get wet or damp so I have to shake the feeder to loosen them up. This is compensated by the fact that there is no build up of husks etc below the feeder.

    11/02/2021
  • Sue Welch

    100%

    Birds love them! Only trouble is they eat them too fast

    10/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent service from Vine House Farm

    09/02/2021
  • Alan Booker

    100%

    We get a fantastic collection of birds on the heart chips better than the tv

    01/09/2020
  • Colin Upton

    100%

    Brilliant service from Vine House Farm. Sunflower Heart Chips loved by a wide variety of birds.

    31/08/2020
  • Jenny Meer

    100%

    Very pleased hardly any waste so the pigeon has ceased lurking underneath the feeders

    31/08/2020
  • Leonard ross

    80%

    31/08/2020
  • Frances Philpot

    100%

    Received promptly and with thanks. The goldfinches asked if there was a deep fried version -cheeky lot!

    31/08/2020
  • Elaine Lee

    100%

    I always use these for my birdfeeders. They are just the right size for little beaks so there is less waste. Vine House Farm delivers promptly

    31/08/2020
  • Devinder Paul kapur

    80%

    4 greenfinches at the feeder as I write this, looks like the Sunflower Heart Chips are proving popular.

    01/08/2020
  • Ashley Jones

    100%

    Excellent value and hardly any active seeds which germinate if they fall. I'm a repeat orderer of these

    31/07/2020
  • Derek Garner

    100%

    I’ve got the happyist bird s in the street

    31/07/2020
  • D H preece

    100%

    Golfinches love them!

    31/07/2020
  • Simon Clarkson

    100%

    The birds love these quality sunflower chips. Quality birdfood at reasonable prices from company who support Wildlife trust. Looking after nature win/win

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality, the birds love them. Ordering is easy and delivery very quick and efficient.

    30/07/2020
  • Carol Leftwich

    100%

    Excellent. Very good value for money, quick delivery. I can really recommend Vine House Farm Carol Leftwich. Felpham. West Sussex

    30/07/2020
  • Dianne Cumming

    100%

    Goldfinches and Siskins love this!

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Our goldfinches love them . Greenfinches , chaffinches and bullfinch visit .

    30/07/2020
  • Thaddeus Monk

    100%

    Bullfinch's favourite.

    30/07/2020
  • David Green

    100%

    The sunflower chips scattered on the ground one day are never there the next.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Overall I have found chips to be the best all round feed. Tits, blue and Great, gold finches and robins. Good because blue tits who will sift through mixed food by throughing it out of the feeder can be very wasteful. But with chips they will take the small piece and sit in the bush and eat it.

    30/07/2020
  • Stephen Brian

    100%

    Always great quality and the birds and other animals enjoy them.

    30/07/2020

Unlike sunflower seeds, sunflower heart chips for birds do not come with the black husk attached, and the heart of the seed is broken down into smaller, more manageable chunks. This means that even the smallest garden birds can enjoy the benefits that come with consuming sunflower seeds.

Sunflower heart chips are an ideal type of bird food for soft-bill birds, like Blackbirds and Robins. These kinds of birds are unable to break down whole seeds because of the shape of their beaks; they are not evolved to break off the tough outer layer of the seed (called the husk). If you only put whole sunflower seeds that are still in their husks in your garden, soft-bill birds will not attempt to eat them. 

 Both sunflower hearts and sunflower heart chips have had the seed’s husk pre-removed. This means these kinds of birds are able to consume them, making them an excellent choice if you want to attract more wild bird species into your garden. 

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.

  • Guest

    100%

    Fast delivery and great quality. The birds love these nutritious sunflower seeds!

    05/07/2021
  • Margo Thomas

    100%

    All my garden birds love these chips .

    03/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Our garden birds especially the Goldfinches and the squirrels love these sunflower chips.

    28/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds love the sunflower and the delivery was extremely quick.

    23/06/2021
  • Dianne Cumming

    100%

    Siskins and Goldfinches just love these!

    08/06/2021
  • Dorothy Moodie

    100%

    These are very popular, especially with the siskins, goldfinches and sparrows. They flow through one of my feeders (the "My Favourites" type) better than the whole sunflower hearts.

    02/06/2021
  • Peter Cook

    100%

    First time I have ordered these along with the chopped peanuts - the latter have been successful both on the table and feeder, but the former were ignored in the feeder. However the birds no longer turned their beaks up when the sunflower chips were put in small piles on the table. Now being gobbled up I am pleased to say.

    27/05/2021
  • Tim Bennett

    100%

    As with all Vine House Farm products, good quality delivered promptly to the door at good prices.

    15/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    High quality and loved by the birds

    10/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Prompt service. Excellent product and best of all a charming delivery man who put my order exactly where I wanted it in my garage.

    03/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Most of the birds like them.

    21/04/2021
  • Mr john Page

    100%

    Been using Sunflower Heart Chips for years, all the birds who visit love them. What falls out of the feeders onto the ground very soon gets mopped up by the ground feeding birds. Little disappointed by the price rise but I know it is unavoidable.

    18/04/2021
  • Mrs jill Nash

    100%

    Birds love them and no outer shell

    12/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds absolutely love them!

    24/03/2021
  • Mrs pauline Beckett

    80%

    I haven’t had these long enough to really give an opinion. I can say though that I’ve changed to these as the premium high energy mix that I normally order doesn’t seem to be as good. It’s being left and then sticks to bird table or feeder. On reading reviews I noticed other people saying the same thing. I also had problems with my order as I ordered meal worms on the same order and they weren’t delivered at all. I had to chase this up twice. Very unusual service for Vine House Farm.

    24/03/2021
  • Fran Maddy

    100%

    Vine House farm always have good service & excellent products.

    17/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular with a wide range of birds.

    09/03/2021
  • Keith Marsh

    100%

    First time I have used your company but no problems and I will use you again when the time comes around. Thank you

    09/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Still some loss of food below feeder but not as much as with whole sunflower seeds (black or hulled). Popular with goldfinches and greenfinches but other birds such as blackcap, robin and dunnock occasionally go to feeder.

    07/03/2021
  • Mr paul Moseley

    100%

    Excellent quality and competitively priced!

    06/03/2021
  • Mrs susan Foster

    100%

    I have lots of goldfinches in my garden and the chips are easier for them to eat quickly. Also bluetits and sparrows love them. So much so that I am a regular customer of vine farms as I am constantly filling the feeders. !!

    06/03/2021
  • Peter Rowley

    100%

    Excellent product, well packaged, great service from Vine House Farm

    04/03/2021
  • Elizabeth Fern

    100%

    Arrived promptly, easy to use, eagerly awaited by birds.

    23/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Have used Vine house for many years for bird feed , always pleased with the goods and service provided . Birds love it too!

    22/02/2021
  • Jo Bennett

    100%

    First time I have ordered from you. So very impressed with both you and the sunflower heart chips. I will be ordering again. Thank you.

    20/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very good value.

    15/02/2021
  • Mrs c Aitchison

    100%

    Delivery prompt despite lockdown delays. Most garden birds seem to like the chips just as much as the whole seeds, so happy with my choice.

    15/02/2021
  • Vivien Stevenette

    100%

    Always popular with my local birdies, they can’t get enough. The attraction is so keen, my feeders are rarely without goldfinch, bluetits, greenfinch and chaffinch along with sparrow and the ground feeders who clear up after the little ones.

    11/02/2021
  • Mr stephen Hibbard

    100%

    I find Sunflower Heart Chips the ideal food to offer to most birds all of whom seem to really like them. The only down side is that they do get stuck in the feeder when they get wet or damp so I have to shake the feeder to loosen them up. This is compensated by the fact that there is no build up of husks etc below the feeder.

    11/02/2021
  • Sue Welch

    100%

    Birds love them! Only trouble is they eat them too fast

    10/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent service from Vine House Farm

    09/02/2021
  • Alan Booker

    100%

    We get a fantastic collection of birds on the heart chips better than the tv

    01/09/2020
  • Colin Upton

    100%

    Brilliant service from Vine House Farm. Sunflower Heart Chips loved by a wide variety of birds.

    31/08/2020
  • Jenny Meer

    100%

    Very pleased hardly any waste so the pigeon has ceased lurking underneath the feeders

    31/08/2020
  • Leonard ross

    80%

    31/08/2020
  • Frances Philpot

    100%

    Received promptly and with thanks. The goldfinches asked if there was a deep fried version -cheeky lot!

    31/08/2020
  • Elaine Lee

    100%

    I always use these for my birdfeeders. They are just the right size for little beaks so there is less waste. Vine House Farm delivers promptly

    31/08/2020
  • Devinder Paul kapur

    80%

    4 greenfinches at the feeder as I write this, looks like the Sunflower Heart Chips are proving popular.

    01/08/2020
  • Ashley Jones

    100%

    Excellent value and hardly any active seeds which germinate if they fall. I'm a repeat orderer of these

    31/07/2020
  • Derek Garner

    100%

    I’ve got the happyist bird s in the street

    31/07/2020
  • D H preece

    100%

    Golfinches love them!

    31/07/2020
  • Simon Clarkson

    100%

    The birds love these quality sunflower chips. Quality birdfood at reasonable prices from company who support Wildlife trust. Looking after nature win/win

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality, the birds love them. Ordering is easy and delivery very quick and efficient.

    30/07/2020
  • Carol Leftwich

    100%

    Excellent. Very good value for money, quick delivery. I can really recommend Vine House Farm Carol Leftwich. Felpham. West Sussex

    30/07/2020
  • Dianne Cumming

    100%

    Goldfinches and Siskins love this!

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Our goldfinches love them . Greenfinches , chaffinches and bullfinch visit .

    30/07/2020
  • Thaddeus Monk

    100%

    Bullfinch's favourite.

    30/07/2020
  • David Green

    100%

    The sunflower chips scattered on the ground one day are never there the next.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Overall I have found chips to be the best all round feed. Tits, blue and Great, gold finches and robins. Good because blue tits who will sift through mixed food by throughing it out of the feeder can be very wasteful. But with chips they will take the small piece and sit in the bush and eat it.

    30/07/2020
  • Stephen Brian

    100%

    Always great quality and the birds and other animals enjoy them.

    30/07/2020

FAQS

Sunflower seeds vs sunflower hearts and chips: what’s the difference?

Black sunflower seeds come in their raw, unaltered form -- complete with a black husk that encases the sunflower heart. Not all garden birds can remove the husk easily and those that can often leave the empty shell behind during the feeding process. This is where sunflower hearts come in. 

The heart is the husk-free centre of the sunflower seed; the part that provides the nutrition. Sunflower hearts are an alternative to sunflower seeds; including them in your bird food selection allows more birds to eat them and also eliminates waste (in the form of the discarded husk).

 Sunflower heart chips are the broken down versions of sunflower hearts.  

This helps smaller birds such as Dunnocks, Blackbirds and Robins to feed on them even more easily. 

How to use sunflower heart chips

Sunflower heart chips can help a variety of birds get the sustenance they need all year round. However, they're particularly useful during fledgling season, as they allow parent birds to feed themselves and their young quickly and easily. 

Sunflower heart chips can be used in most bird seed feeders, or they can be used with a bird table instead. You can also scatter sunflower chips on your lawn so that ground feeding birds, like Dunnocks, can easily access them. 

What are the benefits of sunflower heart chips for birds?

Sunflower seeds are one of the most nutritious foods for birds. They are high-energy, packed with protein and rich in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin B and iron. All of these nutrients are essential for keeping birds healthy all year round. 

Sunflower heart chips have all the same nutritional benefits as whole sunflower seeds, however, they're also easier for small and soft-bill birds to eat. Using sunflower chips rather than whole seeds also helps to attract some softbill species such as Dunnocks and Robins who would not eat whole black sunflower seeds. They are also an ideal type of bird feed during fledgling season, as young birds are able to consume them more easily. 

In addition to this, sunflower chips won't leave a mess in your garden, as birds don't need to crack open the kernels and discard the husks. Chips are also very unlikely to sprout if they are placed/fall on the ground, unlike sunflower hearts and seeds.

What is the best way to store sunflower heart chips?

You can store sunflower heart chips in the same way you store most wild bird food. Simply keep them in a dry, sealed container and they'll stay fresh for longer.
This food won't last long in your bird feeders, so you won't need to worry about your bird food going bad.

Which birds eat sunflower heart chips?

One of the best things about sunflower heart chips is that they're a versatile bird food option for a wide range of birds. This includes:

Almost all will flock towards this high energy food. Buy sunflower chips to help attract smaller birds and soft-bill birds to your outdoor area.

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