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Sunflower hearts for birds are simply sunflower seeds with the outer husk removed. They are one of our most popular straight seeds as they are suitable for feeding a large number of different wild bird species. A great value alternative to sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts are virtually mess-free. They are also a great source of nutrition for garden birds, and can be enjoyed by softbill species.

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Buying in bulk is better value -- 50kg is supplied as 2 x 25kg bags.

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Buy sunflower hearts for birds to attract a variety of wild bird species to your garden. 

Sunflower seeds come from the flowers of sunflower plants, with the seeds developing as the flower dies off at the end of the summer. They are ideal for garden birds as they help provide them with the energy levels they need.

Although there are many varieties of cultivated sunflower, there are basically just two types that are used for seed for feeding garden birds; striped sunflower and black sunflower seeds (also sometimes called black oil sunflower). Striped has a harder outer husk than black, which is one of the reasons why black is more popular as it’s easier for birds to remove the husk.

Our husk-free sunflower hearts for birds are great for attracting a wide range of wild birds to your garden all year round. With the husk pre-removed, our sunflower hearts for birds can also be enjoyed by softbill birds. This includes birds such as the Blackbird, Song Thrush and Robin (see our 'What birds eat this' section for more information on this). 

We also offer Sunflower Heart Chips. These are easier to consume for smaller species such as Dunnocks and Robins. Chips are an ideal type of bird feed for the fledgling season. Sunflower hearts are a nutritious seed and can be found in a number of our mixes. They are a great energy and protein source, which makes sunflower hearts ideal for all seasons and stages of bird life.

With the husk removed, birds can enjoy the whole seed without wasting energy on cracking them open to feed. This is especially important during colder months, when birds need to conserve their energy, and it also means that a wider range of bird species -- including softbill birds like Blackbirds and Robins -- can eat them. 

 

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FAQ Title 1

How should I feed sunflower hearts to birds?

FAQ Content 1

Providing a mix of different feeding methods is central to success if as many species of bird in your garden are to benefit from sunflower hearts:

- Hanging seed feeders

A hanging seed feeder is an essential part of the mix, with this mainly used by finches and tits. Finch species such as goldfinch will sit on a perch to eat the sunflower hearts, whereas tit species such as great tit will fly off with a single heart, find a suitable natural perch like a twig, hold the heart with its feet, then chip away and consume small chunks. Using a hanging feeder with round perches will also allow chaffinches and even ground feeding birds like robins to also get to the food (robins swallow the sunflower hearts whole). 

- Ground trays or bird tables

A ground tray or bird table, such as this copper roof bird table, allows species such as blackbird, dunnock and collared dove (none of which will use the hanging feeder – though blackbirds do sometimes try) to easily feed. 

- Caged feeders

Larger species of bird such as jackdaw and also unwanted grey squirrels will generally be attracted to the easy meal which sunflower hearts represent. So, whilst you should always have at least some open feeders and ground trays (otherwise species like blackbird will miss out), having at least one caged feeder, such as this Ring Pull Guardian or a Squirrel Buster Feeder or one where the ports close when a heavier bird or squirrel stands on the perch, is always a good idea. Read our guides on deterring squirrels and how to keep Jackdaws off your bird feeders for more information on this topic.

You can also scatter sunflower hearts loose on the ground, but only in a quantity which will be eaten each day and, therefore, won’t be left overnight. Two main reasons being a) so rats aren’t attracted, and b) because sunflower hearts are harmful to hedgehogs.

FAQ Title 2

When should I put out my bird’s sunflower hearts?

FAQ Content 2

Are you wondering when to put out sunflower hearts for garden birds? Sunflower hearts provide nutrition to different varieties of wild bird. They are easier to consume than either whole striped or black sunflower seeds. This makes them a popular choice in gardens during the Autumn and Winter months. 

Using husk-free hearts rather than seeds means birds do not have to expend as much energy removing the outer layer. During colder months, providing bird food that allows birds to reserve their energy is important. 

However, sunflower-based bird feed is popular in gardens all year round. It attracts birds from lots of species.

 

FAQ Title 3

Are sunflower hearts good for birds?

FAQ Content 3

Sunflower seeds and hearts are both nutrient-rich and calorie-dense. This makes them an ideal bird food for a range of birds. Our premium sunflower hearts are an ideal food for birds in the UK during the Winter. They come with the husk removed, which saves the birds time and energy when eating them. Usually, birds need to break seeds down with their beaks before they can consume them properly. This is not bad for the birds, but it does make them use more energy. When the weather is colder, it is better for birds to preserve their energy wherever they can. Because of this, sunflower hearts are a great form of bird seed.

 

 

FAQ Title 4

What is the difference between sunflower seeds and hearts?

FAQ Content 4

Our sunflower hearts for birds have had the tough outer shell (husk) removed. When some birds eat whole sunflower seeds, they remove the husk first with their beak. Others leave the seed entirely if it still has a husk, as they are unable to remove it themselves. This depends on the species of bird -- and the type of bill -- it has. If you purchase hearts instead of seeds, it means birds do not need to undergo this process. It also means you stand a higher chance of feeding birds that would usually leave whole seeds.

Hearts have many benefits, including that they help birds to preserve their energy, which is especially important during the Winter. Purchasing sunflower hearts over seeds also means that much less mess is left in your garden. This is perfect for those who would rather not have to clean up waste after a bird feeding session. Cleaning up husks from seeds is also important if you want to continue to safely attract wild birds to your garden. This is because a harmful bacteria can grow on wasted husks if they are not cleaned up, and this can be harmful to birds if they sift through them looking for scraps of hearts. 

There are a number of benefits to Sunflower Hearts over Whole Sunflower Seeds. Whilst they are slightly more expensive, you are not wasting money on husks which cannot be eaten, giving you better value overall.

Sunflower Hearts boast the same nutritional benefits as Whole Sunflower Seeds, packed with healthy oils, protein and a high energy content (high in calories). This makes them great for birds in all weathers and stages of life.

With Sunflower hearts being husk-free, not only do birds use less energy to consume but there is much less waste left behind in your garden. This also makes them suitable for softbill birds such as Blackbirds and Robins, unlike Whole Sunflower Seeds.

FAQ Title 5

What are the benefits of sunflower hearts over whole sunflower seeds?

FAQ Content 5

There are a number of benefits to Sunflower Hearts over Whole Sunflower Seeds. Whilst they are slightly more expensive, you are not wasting money on husks which cannot be eaten, giving you better value overall.

Sunflower Hearts boast the same nutritional benefits as Whole Sunflower Seeds, packed with healthy oils, protein and a high energy content (high in calories). This makes them great for birds in all weathers and stages of life.

With Sunflower hearts being husk-free, not only do birds use less energy to consume but there is very little waste left behind in your garden. This also makes them suitable for soft bill birds such as Blackbirds and Robins, unlike Whole Sunflower Seeds.

 

 

FAQ Title 6

Which size bag should I buy?

FAQ Content 6

The larger the size the better value for money. However, if you haven’t tried feeding sunflower hearts to your garden birds before, then we’d recommend starting with a 6kg bag, then if that works then move to a 13kg sack. At Vine House Farm Our sunflower hearts come in five different pack sizes, with four weights available for sunflower heart chips.

 

FAQ Title 7

Do sunflower seeds or sunflower hearts go bad?

FAQ Content 7

Provided they’re kept dry in a sealed container and in a cool place, then no they won’t go bad. Also, the popularity of sunflower hearts with garden birds means that a supply is quickly used up anyway. 

 

FAQ Title 8

Do Robins like sunflower hearts?

FAQ Content 8

If you want to spot a UK Robin in your garden and are wondering whether Robins eat sunflower hearts, the answer is yes.

Robins mainly feed on insects, including beetles, as well as worms, when they're in the wild. However, they also eat berries, nuts, suet and sunflower hearts. In fact, Robins will feed on pre-husked seeds rather than whole seeds, as the fact they are a soft-bill species means they are unable to crack the tough outer shell (husk) of whole seeds. This makes hearts an ideal addition to your bird feeder/feeding stations if you want to attract Robins and other soft-bill species to your garden.

If you want to spot a variety of wild birds, you must include a variety of types of wild bird feed. This includes: seed mixes (including those which contain black sunflower seed), suet balls, cakes or pellets (especially during the Winter), nuts (especially peanuts) and mealworms.

FAQ Title 9

Do woodpeckers eat sunflower seeds and hearts?

FAQ Content 9

Great spotted woodpecker are known to eat sunflower seeds, and will often cling precariously onto hanging tube feeders to get to sunflower hearts.

If you are trying to feed these birds in your garden, it is worth bearing in mind their size. Woodpeckers are larger than the majority of songbirds, so place sunflower hearts on a bird table or ground feeder. This will give them easier access.

If you’re asking ‘what birds do sunflower hearts attract’, you can find more detailed information see the ‘which birds eat sunflower hearts’ section below. 

FAQ Title 10

Which birds eat sunflower hearts?

FAQ Content 10

Sunflower hearts will potentially attract a large number of bird species to your garden, and notably most species of tit and finch, plus softbill species such as blackbird. A list of the more common species include:

 

 

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.

  • Mr robert Rockley

    100%

    Good quality product at a reasonable price. Excellent delivery

    15/10/2021
  • Robert Anscombe

    100%

    Good as ever service and an all round minimal waste food loved by many species.

    13/10/2021
  • Janet Heath

    100%

    The birds really love them, never any waste. Great to think they haven't had to be imported.

    11/10/2021
  • Nigel Heptinstall

    80%

    I haven't tried them yet. The birds haven't complained yet.

    11/10/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Easy ordering, quick processing, swift delivery.

    11/10/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Birds absolutely love these hearts.It attracts goldfinches to my urban garden.

    11/10/2021
  • Graham Self

    100%

    I have been buying sunflower hearts from Vine House Farm for the past 2-3 years and they are always top quality and at a very competitive price. The birds love them as the daily flock of Goldfinches in my garden will testify !

    09/10/2021
  • Sarah Counsell

    100%

    UK based , excellent quality and service . = happy birds !

    08/10/2021
  • Dr John oni-orisan

    100%

    06/10/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular with goldfinches, who come in groups several times a day.

    06/10/2021
  • Mrs elizabeth Price

    100%

    This is the first time I have tried these. All the birds love them! There is no waste on the ground, which is a big plus.

    04/10/2021
  • Mr ran Morrison

    100%

    Good bird food

    04/10/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Top quality product attracting many different species. Prompt and reliable delivery service

    04/10/2021
  • Mr robert Graham

    100%

    Best all-round food been using them for years and to get them from the grower, prices include delivery so you know exactly what your paying and as Vine house has donated millions to the Wildlife Trust its a double whammy.

    04/10/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Quality bird food, clean, no dust and delivered quickly

    04/10/2021
  • Georgina Garner

    100%

    Excellent product and service. The favourite of all the bird food according to the little birds here.

    30/09/2021
  • David Mcknight

    100%

    I have been a Vinehouse Farm customer for many a years. Service has always been spot on.

    30/09/2021
  • Mrs linda Thomson

    100%

    29/09/2021
  • Kelvin Stevens

    100%

    Very good quality and value

    27/09/2021
  • Mrs jasmin Turner

    100%

    I have always purchased my sunflower hearts from Vine Farm and the goldfinches, greenfinches, great and blue tits, pigeons and even the squirrel which raids my feeders love them.

    22/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The goldfinches and tits just love these. There are several broods of goldfinch families and a selection of blue tits, great tits and coal tits. Together they get through a whole feeder-full every day!

    21/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The most popular seed with our birds, tits, nuthatch, etc

    21/09/2021
  • Dorothy Moodie

    100%

    As always, good quality seed promptly delivered. Happy birds!

    21/09/2021
  • Ms Denise ward

    100%

    I have come to rely on quickly delivered supply of good quality sunflower hearts, so have the birds who use my feeder.

    20/09/2021
  • Ms Sarah hunt

    100%

    always good quality and excellent delivery but I would like to know whether bags are able to be recycled or returned for reuse.

    20/09/2021
  • Alan Sinclair

    100%

    My delivery was exactly what I expected and I received good information on the delivery time

    19/09/2021
  • Mrs christine Levey

    100%

    Great product, great service, and supporting The Wildlife Trust, what's not to like?!

    18/09/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Brilliant service and good product. Thank you very much from our garden birds.

    18/09/2021
  • Jonathan Gibbison

    100%

    Great product and great delivery

    18/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    This is a great product. I used to use the black sunflowers and I have to admit that I prefer these as I’m not constantly clearing up the husks! The wood pigeons clear up anything the little ones drop!

    18/09/2021
  • Lesley Williams

    100%

    The sunflower hearts are always good quality and value for money.

    15/09/2021
  • Anne` Harris

    100%

    Same as before, Very pleased with Sunflower Heart chips, Goldfinches love them and go quickly, filling up every 2 days for one type of feeder of which I have 2. Every 3 days for another type of which again I have 2.

    14/09/2021
  • Dr Chris davis

    100%

    Prompt delivery as always of good quality product. Never disappointed

    14/09/2021
  • Mrs Mary faircloth

    100%

    11/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality, quick delivery, as usual.

    11/09/2021
  • Mrs fiona Harper

    100%

    For over 10 years the garden birds in Lancashire have been thriving on your sunflower hearts. Always the same quality, competitive price and excellent delivery.

    10/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    What was ordered arrived on time

    10/09/2021
  • Jeremy Price

    100%

    Excellent as usual, absolutely no complaint

    10/09/2021
  • Mrs rosemary Carleton

    100%

    These are very good quality sunflowers hearts. The birds and squirrels love them!!

    09/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Perfect as usual!

    08/09/2021
  • Hugh Boileau

    100%

    What a joy - Great farm, great sunflower hearts, happy birds in my garden and a pleasure to buy form you as your prices include delivery with no hidden extras.... Thank you, I will be back for more soon.

    06/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent product excellent delivery. Love all Vine House Farm do for wildlife directly and indirectly.

    06/09/2021
  • Geoffrey Brown

    100%

    Easy to order, arrived next day, good quality goods, at good price, what more do you want!

    06/09/2021
  • Mr robert Jobling

    100%

    Excellent range of quality bird foods, the sunflower hearts are in our garden the choice of Goldfinches, Blue and Great Tits and Blackcaps, plus all the range are competitively priced. The delivery service is also very efficient.

    06/09/2021
  • Mrs lyn Sales

    100%

    Usual speed and efficiency, have never had any problems with orders from Vine Farm. So good to know they have reached the magnificent donation to Wildlife Trust.

    02/09/2021
  • Miss Anne marie mockford

    100%

    Good quality, good price

    02/09/2021
  • Ms Rita gregory

    100%

    Always reliably good quality, as evidenced by the rate at which the feeders empty plus my observations and always very efficient and prompt delivery.

    01/09/2021
  • Miss Jan livesey

    100%

    always brilliant thank you

    31/08/2021
  • John Jackson

    100%

    Consistently high quality at a competitive price. You may find cheaper but you will not find better quality!

    31/08/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Appreciate that these are grown in the County and, if the rapid consumption by my local bird population is anything to go by, are of very good quality, too. Prompt delivery by a very helpful gentleman (puts the sacks into the feed bins for me) is also a bonus. Hoping to visit the farm soon to see the nature reserve and dine in the cafe!

    31/08/2021

Buy sunflower hearts for birds to attract a variety of wild bird species to your garden. 

Sunflower seeds come from the flowers of sunflower plants, with the seeds developing as the flower dies off at the end of the summer. They are ideal for garden birds as they help provide them with the energy levels they need.

Although there are many varieties of cultivated sunflower, there are basically just two types that are used for seed for feeding garden birds; striped sunflower and black sunflower seeds (also sometimes called black oil sunflower). Striped has a harder outer husk than black, which is one of the reasons why black is more popular as it’s easier for birds to remove the husk.

Our husk-free sunflower hearts for birds are great for attracting a wide range of wild birds to your garden all year round. With the husk pre-removed, our sunflower hearts for birds can also be enjoyed by softbill birds. This includes birds such as the Blackbird, Song Thrush and Robin (see our 'What birds eat this' section for more information on this). 

We also offer Sunflower Heart Chips. These are easier to consume for smaller species such as Dunnocks and Robins. Chips are an ideal type of bird feed for the fledgling season. Sunflower hearts are a nutritious seed and can be found in a number of our mixes. They are a great energy and protein source, which makes sunflower hearts ideal for all seasons and stages of bird life.

With the husk removed, birds can enjoy the whole seed without wasting energy on cracking them open to feed. This is especially important during colder months, when birds need to conserve their energy, and it also means that a wider range of bird species -- including softbill birds like Blackbirds and Robins -- can eat them. 

 

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.

  • Mr robert Rockley

    100%

    Good quality product at a reasonable price. Excellent delivery

    15/10/2021
  • Robert Anscombe

    100%

    Good as ever service and an all round minimal waste food loved by many species.

    13/10/2021
  • Janet Heath

    100%

    The birds really love them, never any waste. Great to think they haven't had to be imported.

    11/10/2021
  • Nigel Heptinstall

    80%

    I haven't tried them yet. The birds haven't complained yet.

    11/10/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Easy ordering, quick processing, swift delivery.

    11/10/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Birds absolutely love these hearts.It attracts goldfinches to my urban garden.

    11/10/2021
  • Graham Self

    100%

    I have been buying sunflower hearts from Vine House Farm for the past 2-3 years and they are always top quality and at a very competitive price. The birds love them as the daily flock of Goldfinches in my garden will testify !

    09/10/2021
  • Sarah Counsell

    100%

    UK based , excellent quality and service . = happy birds !

    08/10/2021
  • Dr John oni-orisan

    100%

    06/10/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular with goldfinches, who come in groups several times a day.

    06/10/2021
  • Mrs elizabeth Price

    100%

    This is the first time I have tried these. All the birds love them! There is no waste on the ground, which is a big plus.

    04/10/2021
  • Mr ran Morrison

    100%

    Good bird food

    04/10/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Top quality product attracting many different species. Prompt and reliable delivery service

    04/10/2021
  • Mr robert Graham

    100%

    Best all-round food been using them for years and to get them from the grower, prices include delivery so you know exactly what your paying and as Vine house has donated millions to the Wildlife Trust its a double whammy.

    04/10/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Quality bird food, clean, no dust and delivered quickly

    04/10/2021
  • Georgina Garner

    100%

    Excellent product and service. The favourite of all the bird food according to the little birds here.

    30/09/2021
  • David Mcknight

    100%

    I have been a Vinehouse Farm customer for many a years. Service has always been spot on.

    30/09/2021
  • Mrs linda Thomson

    100%

    29/09/2021
  • Kelvin Stevens

    100%

    Very good quality and value

    27/09/2021
  • Mrs jasmin Turner

    100%

    I have always purchased my sunflower hearts from Vine Farm and the goldfinches, greenfinches, great and blue tits, pigeons and even the squirrel which raids my feeders love them.

    22/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The goldfinches and tits just love these. There are several broods of goldfinch families and a selection of blue tits, great tits and coal tits. Together they get through a whole feeder-full every day!

    21/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The most popular seed with our birds, tits, nuthatch, etc

    21/09/2021
  • Dorothy Moodie

    100%

    As always, good quality seed promptly delivered. Happy birds!

    21/09/2021
  • Ms Denise ward

    100%

    I have come to rely on quickly delivered supply of good quality sunflower hearts, so have the birds who use my feeder.

    20/09/2021
  • Ms Sarah hunt

    100%

    always good quality and excellent delivery but I would like to know whether bags are able to be recycled or returned for reuse.

    20/09/2021
  • Alan Sinclair

    100%

    My delivery was exactly what I expected and I received good information on the delivery time

    19/09/2021
  • Mrs christine Levey

    100%

    Great product, great service, and supporting The Wildlife Trust, what's not to like?!

    18/09/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Brilliant service and good product. Thank you very much from our garden birds.

    18/09/2021
  • Jonathan Gibbison

    100%

    Great product and great delivery

    18/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    This is a great product. I used to use the black sunflowers and I have to admit that I prefer these as I’m not constantly clearing up the husks! The wood pigeons clear up anything the little ones drop!

    18/09/2021
  • Lesley Williams

    100%

    The sunflower hearts are always good quality and value for money.

    15/09/2021
  • Anne` Harris

    100%

    Same as before, Very pleased with Sunflower Heart chips, Goldfinches love them and go quickly, filling up every 2 days for one type of feeder of which I have 2. Every 3 days for another type of which again I have 2.

    14/09/2021
  • Dr Chris davis

    100%

    Prompt delivery as always of good quality product. Never disappointed

    14/09/2021
  • Mrs Mary faircloth

    100%

    11/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality, quick delivery, as usual.

    11/09/2021
  • Mrs fiona Harper

    100%

    For over 10 years the garden birds in Lancashire have been thriving on your sunflower hearts. Always the same quality, competitive price and excellent delivery.

    10/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    What was ordered arrived on time

    10/09/2021
  • Jeremy Price

    100%

    Excellent as usual, absolutely no complaint

    10/09/2021
  • Mrs rosemary Carleton

    100%

    These are very good quality sunflowers hearts. The birds and squirrels love them!!

    09/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Perfect as usual!

    08/09/2021
  • Hugh Boileau

    100%

    What a joy - Great farm, great sunflower hearts, happy birds in my garden and a pleasure to buy form you as your prices include delivery with no hidden extras.... Thank you, I will be back for more soon.

    06/09/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent product excellent delivery. Love all Vine House Farm do for wildlife directly and indirectly.

    06/09/2021
  • Geoffrey Brown

    100%

    Easy to order, arrived next day, good quality goods, at good price, what more do you want!

    06/09/2021
  • Mr robert Jobling

    100%

    Excellent range of quality bird foods, the sunflower hearts are in our garden the choice of Goldfinches, Blue and Great Tits and Blackcaps, plus all the range are competitively priced. The delivery service is also very efficient.

    06/09/2021
  • Mrs lyn Sales

    100%

    Usual speed and efficiency, have never had any problems with orders from Vine Farm. So good to know they have reached the magnificent donation to Wildlife Trust.

    02/09/2021
  • Miss Anne marie mockford

    100%

    Good quality, good price

    02/09/2021
  • Ms Rita gregory

    100%

    Always reliably good quality, as evidenced by the rate at which the feeders empty plus my observations and always very efficient and prompt delivery.

    01/09/2021
  • Miss Jan livesey

    100%

    always brilliant thank you

    31/08/2021
  • John Jackson

    100%

    Consistently high quality at a competitive price. You may find cheaper but you will not find better quality!

    31/08/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Appreciate that these are grown in the County and, if the rapid consumption by my local bird population is anything to go by, are of very good quality, too. Prompt delivery by a very helpful gentleman (puts the sacks into the feed bins for me) is also a bonus. Hoping to visit the farm soon to see the nature reserve and dine in the cafe!

    31/08/2021

FAQS

How should I feed sunflower hearts to birds?

Providing a mix of different feeding methods is central to success if as many species of bird in your garden are to benefit from sunflower hearts:

- Hanging seed feeders

A hanging seed feeder is an essential part of the mix, with this mainly used by finches and tits. Finch species such as goldfinch will sit on a perch to eat the sunflower hearts, whereas tit species such as great tit will fly off with a single heart, find a suitable natural perch like a twig, hold the heart with its feet, then chip away and consume small chunks. Using a hanging feeder with round perches will also allow chaffinches and even ground feeding birds like robins to also get to the food (robins swallow the sunflower hearts whole). 

- Ground trays or bird tables

A ground tray or bird table, such as this copper roof bird table, allows species such as blackbird, dunnock and collared dove (none of which will use the hanging feeder – though blackbirds do sometimes try) to easily feed. 

- Caged feeders

Larger species of bird such as jackdaw and also unwanted grey squirrels will generally be attracted to the easy meal which sunflower hearts represent. So, whilst you should always have at least some open feeders and ground trays (otherwise species like blackbird will miss out), having at least one caged feeder, such as this Ring Pull Guardian or a Squirrel Buster Feeder or one where the ports close when a heavier bird or squirrel stands on the perch, is always a good idea. Read our guides on deterring squirrels and how to keep Jackdaws off your bird feeders for more information on this topic.

You can also scatter sunflower hearts loose on the ground, but only in a quantity which will be eaten each day and, therefore, won’t be left overnight. Two main reasons being a) so rats aren’t attracted, and b) because sunflower hearts are harmful to hedgehogs.

When should I put out my bird’s sunflower hearts?

Are you wondering when to put out sunflower hearts for garden birds? Sunflower hearts provide nutrition to different varieties of wild bird. They are easier to consume than either whole striped or black sunflower seeds. This makes them a popular choice in gardens during the Autumn and Winter months. 

Using husk-free hearts rather than seeds means birds do not have to expend as much energy removing the outer layer. During colder months, providing bird food that allows birds to reserve their energy is important. 

However, sunflower-based bird feed is popular in gardens all year round. It attracts birds from lots of species.

 

Are sunflower hearts good for birds?

Sunflower seeds and hearts are both nutrient-rich and calorie-dense. This makes them an ideal bird food for a range of birds. Our premium sunflower hearts are an ideal food for birds in the UK during the Winter. They come with the husk removed, which saves the birds time and energy when eating them. Usually, birds need to break seeds down with their beaks before they can consume them properly. This is not bad for the birds, but it does make them use more energy. When the weather is colder, it is better for birds to preserve their energy wherever they can. Because of this, sunflower hearts are a great form of bird seed.

 

 

What is the difference between sunflower seeds and hearts?

Our sunflower hearts for birds have had the tough outer shell (husk) removed. When some birds eat whole sunflower seeds, they remove the husk first with their beak. Others leave the seed entirely if it still has a husk, as they are unable to remove it themselves. This depends on the species of bird -- and the type of bill -- it has. If you purchase hearts instead of seeds, it means birds do not need to undergo this process. It also means you stand a higher chance of feeding birds that would usually leave whole seeds.

Hearts have many benefits, including that they help birds to preserve their energy, which is especially important during the Winter. Purchasing sunflower hearts over seeds also means that much less mess is left in your garden. This is perfect for those who would rather not have to clean up waste after a bird feeding session. Cleaning up husks from seeds is also important if you want to continue to safely attract wild birds to your garden. This is because a harmful bacteria can grow on wasted husks if they are not cleaned up, and this can be harmful to birds if they sift through them looking for scraps of hearts. 

There are a number of benefits to Sunflower Hearts over Whole Sunflower Seeds. Whilst they are slightly more expensive, you are not wasting money on husks which cannot be eaten, giving you better value overall.

Sunflower Hearts boast the same nutritional benefits as Whole Sunflower Seeds, packed with healthy oils, protein and a high energy content (high in calories). This makes them great for birds in all weathers and stages of life.

With Sunflower hearts being husk-free, not only do birds use less energy to consume but there is much less waste left behind in your garden. This also makes them suitable for softbill birds such as Blackbirds and Robins, unlike Whole Sunflower Seeds.

What are the benefits of sunflower hearts over whole sunflower seeds?

There are a number of benefits to Sunflower Hearts over Whole Sunflower Seeds. Whilst they are slightly more expensive, you are not wasting money on husks which cannot be eaten, giving you better value overall.

Sunflower Hearts boast the same nutritional benefits as Whole Sunflower Seeds, packed with healthy oils, protein and a high energy content (high in calories). This makes them great for birds in all weathers and stages of life.

With Sunflower hearts being husk-free, not only do birds use less energy to consume but there is very little waste left behind in your garden. This also makes them suitable for soft bill birds such as Blackbirds and Robins, unlike Whole Sunflower Seeds.

 

 

Which size bag should I buy?

The larger the size the better value for money. However, if you haven’t tried feeding sunflower hearts to your garden birds before, then we’d recommend starting with a 6kg bag, then if that works then move to a 13kg sack. At Vine House Farm Our sunflower hearts come in five different pack sizes, with four weights available for sunflower heart chips.

 

Do sunflower seeds or sunflower hearts go bad?

Provided they’re kept dry in a sealed container and in a cool place, then no they won’t go bad. Also, the popularity of sunflower hearts with garden birds means that a supply is quickly used up anyway. 

 

Do Robins like sunflower hearts?

If you want to spot a UK Robin in your garden and are wondering whether Robins eat sunflower hearts, the answer is yes.

Robins mainly feed on insects, including beetles, as well as worms, when they're in the wild. However, they also eat berries, nuts, suet and sunflower hearts. In fact, Robins will feed on pre-husked seeds rather than whole seeds, as the fact they are a soft-bill species means they are unable to crack the tough outer shell (husk) of whole seeds. This makes hearts an ideal addition to your bird feeder/feeding stations if you want to attract Robins and other soft-bill species to your garden.

If you want to spot a variety of wild birds, you must include a variety of types of wild bird feed. This includes: seed mixes (including those which contain black sunflower seed), suet balls, cakes or pellets (especially during the Winter), nuts (especially peanuts) and mealworms.

Do woodpeckers eat sunflower seeds and hearts?

Great spotted woodpecker are known to eat sunflower seeds, and will often cling precariously onto hanging tube feeders to get to sunflower hearts.

If you are trying to feed these birds in your garden, it is worth bearing in mind their size. Woodpeckers are larger than the majority of songbirds, so place sunflower hearts on a bird table or ground feeder. This will give them easier access.

If you’re asking ‘what birds do sunflower hearts attract’, you can find more detailed information see the ‘which birds eat sunflower hearts’ section below. 

Which birds eat sunflower hearts?

Sunflower hearts will potentially attract a large number of bird species to your garden, and notably most species of tit and finch, plus softbill species such as blackbird. A list of the more common species include:

 

 

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