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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.

  • Anonymous

    100%

    Getting very expensive but good quality

    17/08/2022
  • Nicky Reese

    100%

    Brilliant company, brilliant product. Birds love these sunflower hearts and the big bag lasts for ages. I buy from this company because of their commitment to supporting nature. Totally recommend Vine House Farm.

    17/08/2022
  • Mr john White

    100%

    17/08/2022
  • Brian Moore

    100%

    Although more expensive than some suppliers, I chose to purchase my 25kg bag of sunflower hearts form Vine House Farm because of their support for Wildlife Trusts and the fact that the sunflowers are sustainably grown in the UK.

    15/08/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Sunflower hearts always a favourite with goldfinches and greenfinches Excellent service as sever from Vine House Farm

    15/08/2022
  • Vanessa Denham

    100%

    great service, excellent delivery

    13/08/2022
  • Miss Shirley johnson

    100%

    Excellent quality as always

    12/08/2022
  • Alan clark

    100%

    Delivered promptly following ordering and very popular with many species of birds.

    11/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Arrived as expected. No concerns and birds seem happy eating them

    09/08/2022
  • Jane Markus

    100%

    A consistently high quality product which the goldfinches love.

    09/08/2022
  • Mr barry Morss

    100%

    The quality of these sunflower hearts is always consistent, and the birds seem to love them. I've even seen the local squirrel grabbing a few when he gets the chance.

    08/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    A firm favourite with my garden birds

    08/08/2022
  • Steve Wells

    100%

    speed of delivery was good. Purchased from here before so quality was already known

    08/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Bought the sunflower heart's very good quality, all the bird's get through them,having to keep filling feeder and putting on bird table, they really enjoy the sunflower heart's. Good quality at a good price.

    08/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality hearts, the birds seem to love them. I had difficulties with the delivery company but when I phoned Vine House a very helpful lady made sure they were delivered next day.

    08/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality bird food and exceptionally quick delivery.

    08/08/2022
  • Gwen Hughes

    100%

    The sunflower hearts arrived in good time and well packaged. All the finches love them - bull, chaff, gold and green. There has been a huge influx of siskins and the bluetits, coal tits and great tits are all feasting on the lovely sunflower hearts.

    07/08/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Thank you for the fast dispatch of the seeds that where ordered. The birds love these sunflower hearts.

    07/08/2022
  • Dr John oni-orisan

    100%

    As always great service; no problem with delivery.

    07/08/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    in terms of what I have been provided with, the sunflower hearts are very good and the order arrived promptly. What surprises me though is that the birds using the feeder - mostly sparrows and tits - don't seem to eat so much of it as when it was mixed seeds and they still manage to make a mess, dropping bits on the floor. The pigeons used to clear this up, but due to an increased presence of neighbouring cats, no longer will, meaning there is wastage. I wonder if they prefer the whole sunflower seeds as these seemed to get picked out first before? And if so, why? I am very happy with Vine House Farm as a bird food provider.

    06/08/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    For decades I have been feeding birds but now mostly sparrows.Because a cat has started coming into garden regularly I am putting sunflower hearts on upstairs window sil.It didn't take the sparrows long to find them.

    05/08/2022
  • Ms Carol bickerstaffe

    100%

    Good as usual

    05/08/2022
  • Janet Thomas

    100%

    FIVE STAR THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUICK AND EASY DELIVERY OF OUR ORDER MANY THANKS JANET THOMAS

    05/08/2022
  • Fiona Robinson

    100%

    Excellent service from Vine House - delivered promptly and very good quality feed.

    04/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    As usual delivered efficiently and on time and the quality was excellent.

    04/08/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Very good

    03/08/2022
  • Miss Shirley johnson

    100%

    Excellent quality and delivery as always.

    28/07/2022
  • Mrs clare Andrew

    100%

    These sunflower hearts are an excellent feed for all the birds that access my bird feeder - if you want just one - this is it.

    25/07/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great product which the birds love.

    23/07/2022
  • Stan Brunton

    100%

    Was recommended by a Birding friend. I found them very efficient with quick delivery. Very easy to order online with no complications. Will recommend to other people. 10 out of 10 for service.

    22/07/2022
  • Gill Briggs

    100%

    We find these are the best. There is no waste, the birds love them, there is no mess as what gets dropped on floor is then eaten by ground feeders. Excellent value for money.

    22/07/2022
  • Elizabeth Lingford

    100%

    Sunflower hearts are the one seed that attract a vast array of birds to our feeders and unlike so many cheaper mixed seeds that create such a mess on the ground, the hearts are never wasted. Even our hedgehog searches under the feeders for any fallen ones.

    22/07/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality whole sunflower hearts with very few broken ones.

    21/07/2022
  • Patricia Newman

    100%

    Good quality and quick delivery.

    21/07/2022
  • Carol Buckden

    100%

    As always good quality, loved by the goldfinches. prompt delivery.

    20/07/2022
  • Lyn Sales

    100%

    Always excellent product and good service from order to delivery.

    19/07/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Well packed and well delivered quickly.

    18/07/2022
  • Emma Tink

    100%

    Great quality and delivery was very quick. Will be purchasing again.

    15/07/2022
  • Jean Gray

    100%

    The birds love the seeds and get through them in next to no time. Always pleased with purchases and happy to help with donations to the Wild Life Trust. Thank you.

    13/07/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Love this company, quality is wonderful and service exceptional. A+++++++

    13/07/2022
  • Paul Ellison

    100%

    As far as I can tell the birds like them but I was extremely impressed with the turn around from when I placed the order to when delivered, less than 24 hrs! As this was my first order lets hope any future orders will be as equally impressive on speed of delivery. Many thanks.

    12/07/2022
  • Lesley Williams

    100%

    These sunflower hearts are great quality and the birds love them.

    12/07/2022
  • Mr michael Wild

    80%

    Good Quality

    12/07/2022
  • Mrs sheila Hess

    100%

    I have bought your bird seed for many years, and have always been happy with buying on-line. I am 86 and not very au fait with new technology. However, recently I have found ordering very difficult. Today, I was reluctant to try again to order so I went to Amazon instead....Sorry. I find the new way of ordering too confusing.

    11/07/2022
  • Ann Graveling

    100%

    What can I say, the birds love them.

    11/07/2022
  • Ann Graveling

    100%

    What can I say, the birds love them.

    11/07/2022
  • Ann Graveling

    100%

    What can I say, the birds love them.

    11/07/2022
  • Ann Graveling

    100%

    What can I say, the birds love them.

    11/07/2022
  • Ann Graveling

    100%

    What can I say, the birds love them.

    11/07/2022
  • Ann Graveling

    100%

    What can I say, the birds love them.

    11/07/2022

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.

  • Anonymous

    100%

    Getting very expensive but good quality

    17/08/2022
  • Nicky Reese

    100%

    Brilliant company, brilliant product. Birds love these sunflower hearts and the big bag lasts for ages. I buy from this company because of their commitment to supporting nature. Totally recommend Vine House Farm.

    17/08/2022
  • Mr john White

    100%

    17/08/2022
  • Brian Moore

    100%

    Although more expensive than some suppliers, I chose to purchase my 25kg bag of sunflower hearts form Vine House Farm because of their support for Wildlife Trusts and the fact that the sunflowers are sustainably grown in the UK.

    15/08/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Sunflower hearts always a favourite with goldfinches and greenfinches Excellent service as sever from Vine House Farm

    15/08/2022
  • Vanessa Denham

    100%

    great service, excellent delivery

    13/08/2022
  • Miss Shirley johnson

    100%

    Excellent quality as always

    12/08/2022
  • Alan clark

    100%

    Delivered promptly following ordering and very popular with many species of birds.

    11/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Arrived as expected. No concerns and birds seem happy eating them

    09/08/2022
  • Jane Markus

    100%

    A consistently high quality product which the goldfinches love.

    09/08/2022
  • Mr barry Morss

    100%

    The quality of these sunflower hearts is always consistent, and the birds seem to love them. I've even seen the local squirrel grabbing a few when he gets the chance.

    08/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    A firm favourite with my garden birds

    08/08/2022
  • Steve Wells

    100%

    speed of delivery was good. Purchased from here before so quality was already known

    08/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Bought the sunflower heart's very good quality, all the bird's get through them,having to keep filling feeder and putting on bird table, they really enjoy the sunflower heart's. Good quality at a good price.

    08/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality hearts, the birds seem to love them. I had difficulties with the delivery company but when I phoned Vine House a very helpful lady made sure they were delivered next day.

    08/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality bird food and exceptionally quick delivery.

    08/08/2022
  • Gwen Hughes

    100%

    The sunflower hearts arrived in good time and well packaged. All the finches love them - bull, chaff, gold and green. There has been a huge influx of siskins and the bluetits, coal tits and great tits are all feasting on the lovely sunflower hearts.

    07/08/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Thank you for the fast dispatch of the seeds that where ordered. The birds love these sunflower hearts.

    07/08/2022
  • Dr John oni-orisan

    100%

    As always great service; no problem with delivery.

    07/08/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    in terms of what I have been provided with, the sunflower hearts are very good and the order arrived promptly. What surprises me though is that the birds using the feeder - mostly sparrows and tits - don't seem to eat so much of it as when it was mixed seeds and they still manage to make a mess, dropping bits on the floor. The pigeons used to clear this up, but due to an increased presence of neighbouring cats, no longer will, meaning there is wastage. I wonder if they prefer the whole sunflower seeds as these seemed to get picked out first before? And if so, why? I am very happy with Vine House Farm as a bird food provider.

    06/08/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    For decades I have been feeding birds but now mostly sparrows.Because a cat has started coming into garden regularly I am putting sunflower hearts on upstairs window sil.It didn't take the sparrows long to find them.

    05/08/2022
  • Ms Carol bickerstaffe

    100%

    Good as usual

    05/08/2022
  • Janet Thomas

    100%

    FIVE STAR THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUICK AND EASY DELIVERY OF OUR ORDER MANY THANKS JANET THOMAS

    05/08/2022
  • Fiona Robinson

    100%

    Excellent service from Vine House - delivered promptly and very good quality feed.

    04/08/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    As usual delivered efficiently and on time and the quality was excellent.

    04/08/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Very good

    03/08/2022
  • Miss Shirley johnson

    100%

    Excellent quality and delivery as always.

    28/07/2022
  • Mrs clare Andrew

    100%

    These sunflower hearts are an excellent feed for all the birds that access my bird feeder - if you want just one - this is it.

    25/07/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great product which the birds love.

    23/07/2022
  • Stan Brunton

    100%

    Was recommended by a Birding friend. I found them very efficient with quick delivery. Very easy to order online with no complications. Will recommend to other people. 10 out of 10 for service.

    22/07/2022
  • Gill Briggs

    100%

    We find these are the best. There is no waste, the birds love them, there is no mess as what gets dropped on floor is then eaten by ground feeders. Excellent value for money.

    22/07/2022
  • Elizabeth Lingford

    100%

    Sunflower hearts are the one seed that attract a vast array of birds to our feeders and unlike so many cheaper mixed seeds that create such a mess on the ground, the hearts are never wasted. Even our hedgehog searches under the feeders for any fallen ones.

    22/07/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality whole sunflower hearts with very few broken ones.

    21/07/2022
  • Patricia Newman

    100%

    Good quality and quick delivery.

    21/07/2022
  • Carol Buckden

    100%

    As always good quality, loved by the goldfinches. prompt delivery.

    20/07/2022
  • Lyn Sales

    100%

    Always excellent product and good service from order to delivery.

    19/07/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Well packed and well delivered quickly.

    18/07/2022
  • Emma Tink

    100%

    Great quality and delivery was very quick. Will be purchasing again.

    15/07/2022
  • Jean Gray

    100%

    The birds love the seeds and get through them in next to no time. Always pleased with purchases and happy to help with donations to the Wild Life Trust. Thank you.

    13/07/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Love this company, quality is wonderful and service exceptional. A+++++++

    13/07/2022
  • Paul Ellison

    100%

    As far as I can tell the birds like them but I was extremely impressed with the turn around from when I placed the order to when delivered, less than 24 hrs! As this was my first order lets hope any future orders will be as equally impressive on speed of delivery. Many thanks.

    12/07/2022
  • Lesley Williams

    100%

    These sunflower hearts are great quality and the birds love them.

    12/07/2022
  • Mr michael Wild

    80%

    Good Quality

    12/07/2022
  • Mrs sheila Hess

    100%

    I have bought your bird seed for many years, and have always been happy with buying on-line. I am 86 and not very au fait with new technology. However, recently I have found ordering very difficult. Today, I was reluctant to try again to order so I went to Amazon instead....Sorry. I find the new way of ordering too confusing.

    11/07/2022
  • Ann Graveling

    100%

    What can I say, the birds love them.

    11/07/2022
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    What can I say, the birds love them.

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  • Ann Graveling

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    What can I say, the birds love them.

    11/07/2022
  • Ann Graveling

    100%

    What can I say, the birds love them.

    11/07/2022
  • Ann Graveling

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    What can I say, the birds love them.

    11/07/2022
  • Ann Graveling

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    What can I say, the birds love them.

    11/07/2022

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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