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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%

    I ordered 13kg of Sunflower Hearts from Vine House farm; they arrived within a couple of days. They are very popular with the wild birds in our garden, and I would order again from Vine House Farm. I also like the fact that they contribute to the Wildlife Fund.

    14/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Birds love them but make rather a greasy mess on the feeder dish and the ground.

    14/07/2021
  • Mr john Mahoney

    100%

    As always, excellent product and service. Highly recommended.

    14/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very good quality - the birds can't get enough of them

    14/07/2021
  • Jill Nicolson

    100%

    Always high quality and immediate delivery

    13/07/2021
  • Elisabeth Hall

    100%

    Excellent as always. Consumed at high speed.

    13/07/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Lovely quality………the chaffinch said so

    12/07/2021
  • Linda Mcdougall

    100%

    I have been buying all my bird seed for many years now and my birds love it. We have quite a large variety of birds and what the cage feeders don’t get the ground feeders do. Excellent delivery service and very friendly team.

    12/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Speedy service. Good quality food.

    12/07/2021
  • Richard Pearson

    100%

    excellent service

    12/07/2021
  • Mr bill Henderson

    100%

    My garden birds just love these! Goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinches, sparrows and starlings every day!!

    11/07/2021
  • Mrs hilary Page

    100%

    We have holdGoldfinch, tits,woodpeckers and a jay. They all seem to approve of your sunflower hearts!

    10/07/2021
  • Helen Mcknight

    100%

    Excellent product, fast delivery. Highly recommend.

    10/07/2021
  • Mr m Pusey

    100%

    Always good quality as you would expect from the farm

    10/07/2021
  • Alison St john eve

    100%

    Great service, quick and easy. Birds love them!

    10/07/2021
  • Melanie Gould

    100%

    Excellent. This is just one of the many great ‘Bird food’ products I buy from Vinehouse Farm. The birds eat it all and it’s brilliant watching them enjoy it!

    09/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Chaffinches, goldfinches, greenfinches, tits (blue, coal, great, long tailed), and even blackbirds,starlings, robins now flock to my garden and are breeding nearby, because they know there will be a regular supply of sunflower hearts. They find them easy to eat and they make less mess than seeds with husks.

    07/07/2021
  • Mr michael Shergold

    80%

    Birds are not pernikety!

    06/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    These are by far the most popular with all my birds (together with, perhaps, the fat balls with some.) Pretty clean, too.

    06/07/2021
  • Julia Duffell

    100%

    Birds can't resist them, goldfinches prefer them to the niger seed (in our garden), even the blackbirds have developed a strategy to top up their diet with them; must be very tasty! :)

    06/07/2021
  • Mr robert Jobling

    100%

    Sunflower Hearts are just a part of the excellent range of bird foods available from Vine House Farm. The high quality of the Hearts is really ‘enjoyed’ by the variety of birds that come to feed in our garden. The delivery service of the seed is also excellent, I thoroughly recommend Vine House Farm for both quality and service. Thank you

    05/07/2021
  • Lesley Williams

    100%

    I am always pleased with the quality and price of the sunflower hearts from Vine House farm.

    05/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    If I was a Goldfinch I’d give the hearts 6 stars! We have around 10 of them, plus bluetits, green finches, nuthatches to name a few and the wood pigeons scoop up the overspill. I needed to buy another feeder to keep up with demand!

    03/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All our birds love the Sunflower hearts. We are 300metres from the sea but we have a tremendous range of birds on our feeders because of the sunflower hearts. The feeders are squirrel proof- also bought through Vine House. We also enjoy reading the Vine house newsletter.

    03/07/2021
  • Marion Durbidge

    100%

    Excellent product clean and dry and well packaged.

    03/07/2021
  • Jane Dubeck

    100%

    Always great quality

    03/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very well received by my garden birds!

    03/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Sunflower hearts attract many species of birds. They enjoy the seeds. Vine House always deliver promptly and have an easy to use website.

    30/06/2021
  • Derek Turnidge

    100%

    30/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Ok, so I ordered a few to many kg's of sunflower seeds but it'll keep myself and the wee birdies happy in the event that there is a nuclear war......good seed

    29/06/2021
  • Peter Westerman

    100%

    Prompt service excellent product

    29/06/2021
  • Linda Brooks

    100%

    Can't fault them, either on quality or delivery. Always reliable and the birds seem to be devouring them non stop!

    28/06/2021
  • Miss Linda ing

    100%

    Top class product as usual. Delivery quick and easy too.

    27/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    I use the hearts to add to seeds so more birds can use the feeders and also to put with worms and suet to feed on the ground.It attracts a wider range of birds

    26/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    We love the birds in our garden to have the best and regular sacks of Sunflower Hearts delivered to the door by Vine House Farm enables us to do this!!

    25/06/2021
  • Miss Shirley johnson

    100%

    Always excellent quality and service

    25/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The sunflower hearts have made a huge difference to the number and variety of birds we get in our garden. We have had up to 16 greenfinches, 8 goldfinches, 6 chaffinches and a redpoll feeding on the sunflower hearts. Even the blackbird has worked out how to get on the feeder ! Money very well spent as we have had hours of fun watching the birds from our dining room window.

    23/06/2021
  • Brian Gardner

    100%

    Our birds love these sunflower hearts. Vine house's price is very competitive, their ordering process is quick and easy, and the delivery process is prompt and efficient. Excellent service

    22/06/2021
  • Mr barry Blyth

    100%

    Submitted our order over the internet and it was delivered within 2 days. . Great service.

    22/06/2021
  • John Eales

    100%

    Good quality bird food which arrived very quickly.

    21/06/2021
  • Dr Nigel perry

    100%

    The birds love it. Well packed and delivered very efficiently. Only problem is the voracious appetites of the birds!

    21/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Delivery was good and very helpfully left in our safe place. Will order again from Vine House Farm.

    20/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Quick delivery and now happy birds. Always a reliable popular feed.

    20/06/2021
  • Robert Cockell

    100%

    The Sunflower Hearts supplied by Vine House Farm are good quality and attract a wide range of garden birds including Goldfinch and Greenfinch. Interestingly, the Goldfinch that visit our feeders generally ignore Nyjer seed in favour of Sunflower Hearts. I recommend this product.

    19/06/2021
  • John Jessup

    100%

    The mixture of hearts and other nutricious bits and pieces appear to be very popular with our feathered friends much more so than just hearts only which appear to be waning in popularity.

    18/06/2021
  • Elisabeth Hall

    100%

    All your products are always excellent. However, this time there was a slip-up with my order which failed to arrive. Once notified you were quick to forward another and so I remain as always a satisfied customer.

    18/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Quality product

    11/06/2021
  • Stuart Gordon

    100%

    Great product, minimal mess, all our garden birds love it including parakeets plus squirrels and mice. Prompt delivery at a good price.

    10/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Can’t tell you what they taste like personally- but the goldfinches and bull finches, mistletoe thrush and greater spotted woodpeckers love ‘em! Linda W

    10/06/2021
  • John Douthwaite

    100%

    Quality of the goods and service superb

    09/06/2021

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.

  • Anonymous

    100%

    I ordered 13kg of Sunflower Hearts from Vine House farm; they arrived within a couple of days. They are very popular with the wild birds in our garden, and I would order again from Vine House Farm. I also like the fact that they contribute to the Wildlife Fund.

    14/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Birds love them but make rather a greasy mess on the feeder dish and the ground.

    14/07/2021
  • Mr john Mahoney

    100%

    As always, excellent product and service. Highly recommended.

    14/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very good quality - the birds can't get enough of them

    14/07/2021
  • Jill Nicolson

    100%

    Always high quality and immediate delivery

    13/07/2021
  • Elisabeth Hall

    100%

    Excellent as always. Consumed at high speed.

    13/07/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Lovely quality………the chaffinch said so

    12/07/2021
  • Linda Mcdougall

    100%

    I have been buying all my bird seed for many years now and my birds love it. We have quite a large variety of birds and what the cage feeders don’t get the ground feeders do. Excellent delivery service and very friendly team.

    12/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Speedy service. Good quality food.

    12/07/2021
  • Richard Pearson

    100%

    excellent service

    12/07/2021
  • Mr bill Henderson

    100%

    My garden birds just love these! Goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinches, sparrows and starlings every day!!

    11/07/2021
  • Mrs hilary Page

    100%

    We have holdGoldfinch, tits,woodpeckers and a jay. They all seem to approve of your sunflower hearts!

    10/07/2021
  • Helen Mcknight

    100%

    Excellent product, fast delivery. Highly recommend.

    10/07/2021
  • Mr m Pusey

    100%

    Always good quality as you would expect from the farm

    10/07/2021
  • Alison St john eve

    100%

    Great service, quick and easy. Birds love them!

    10/07/2021
  • Melanie Gould

    100%

    Excellent. This is just one of the many great ‘Bird food’ products I buy from Vinehouse Farm. The birds eat it all and it’s brilliant watching them enjoy it!

    09/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Chaffinches, goldfinches, greenfinches, tits (blue, coal, great, long tailed), and even blackbirds,starlings, robins now flock to my garden and are breeding nearby, because they know there will be a regular supply of sunflower hearts. They find them easy to eat and they make less mess than seeds with husks.

    07/07/2021
  • Mr michael Shergold

    80%

    Birds are not pernikety!

    06/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    These are by far the most popular with all my birds (together with, perhaps, the fat balls with some.) Pretty clean, too.

    06/07/2021
  • Julia Duffell

    100%

    Birds can't resist them, goldfinches prefer them to the niger seed (in our garden), even the blackbirds have developed a strategy to top up their diet with them; must be very tasty! :)

    06/07/2021
  • Mr robert Jobling

    100%

    Sunflower Hearts are just a part of the excellent range of bird foods available from Vine House Farm. The high quality of the Hearts is really ‘enjoyed’ by the variety of birds that come to feed in our garden. The delivery service of the seed is also excellent, I thoroughly recommend Vine House Farm for both quality and service. Thank you

    05/07/2021
  • Lesley Williams

    100%

    I am always pleased with the quality and price of the sunflower hearts from Vine House farm.

    05/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    If I was a Goldfinch I’d give the hearts 6 stars! We have around 10 of them, plus bluetits, green finches, nuthatches to name a few and the wood pigeons scoop up the overspill. I needed to buy another feeder to keep up with demand!

    03/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All our birds love the Sunflower hearts. We are 300metres from the sea but we have a tremendous range of birds on our feeders because of the sunflower hearts. The feeders are squirrel proof- also bought through Vine House. We also enjoy reading the Vine house newsletter.

    03/07/2021
  • Marion Durbidge

    100%

    Excellent product clean and dry and well packaged.

    03/07/2021
  • Jane Dubeck

    100%

    Always great quality

    03/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very well received by my garden birds!

    03/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Sunflower hearts attract many species of birds. They enjoy the seeds. Vine House always deliver promptly and have an easy to use website.

    30/06/2021
  • Derek Turnidge

    100%

    30/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Ok, so I ordered a few to many kg's of sunflower seeds but it'll keep myself and the wee birdies happy in the event that there is a nuclear war......good seed

    29/06/2021
  • Peter Westerman

    100%

    Prompt service excellent product

    29/06/2021
  • Linda Brooks

    100%

    Can't fault them, either on quality or delivery. Always reliable and the birds seem to be devouring them non stop!

    28/06/2021
  • Miss Linda ing

    100%

    Top class product as usual. Delivery quick and easy too.

    27/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    I use the hearts to add to seeds so more birds can use the feeders and also to put with worms and suet to feed on the ground.It attracts a wider range of birds

    26/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    We love the birds in our garden to have the best and regular sacks of Sunflower Hearts delivered to the door by Vine House Farm enables us to do this!!

    25/06/2021
  • Miss Shirley johnson

    100%

    Always excellent quality and service

    25/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The sunflower hearts have made a huge difference to the number and variety of birds we get in our garden. We have had up to 16 greenfinches, 8 goldfinches, 6 chaffinches and a redpoll feeding on the sunflower hearts. Even the blackbird has worked out how to get on the feeder ! Money very well spent as we have had hours of fun watching the birds from our dining room window.

    23/06/2021
  • Brian Gardner

    100%

    Our birds love these sunflower hearts. Vine house's price is very competitive, their ordering process is quick and easy, and the delivery process is prompt and efficient. Excellent service

    22/06/2021
  • Mr barry Blyth

    100%

    Submitted our order over the internet and it was delivered within 2 days. . Great service.

    22/06/2021
  • John Eales

    100%

    Good quality bird food which arrived very quickly.

    21/06/2021
  • Dr Nigel perry

    100%

    The birds love it. Well packed and delivered very efficiently. Only problem is the voracious appetites of the birds!

    21/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Delivery was good and very helpfully left in our safe place. Will order again from Vine House Farm.

    20/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Quick delivery and now happy birds. Always a reliable popular feed.

    20/06/2021
  • Robert Cockell

    100%

    The Sunflower Hearts supplied by Vine House Farm are good quality and attract a wide range of garden birds including Goldfinch and Greenfinch. Interestingly, the Goldfinch that visit our feeders generally ignore Nyjer seed in favour of Sunflower Hearts. I recommend this product.

    19/06/2021
  • John Jessup

    100%

    The mixture of hearts and other nutricious bits and pieces appear to be very popular with our feathered friends much more so than just hearts only which appear to be waning in popularity.

    18/06/2021
  • Elisabeth Hall

    100%

    All your products are always excellent. However, this time there was a slip-up with my order which failed to arrive. Once notified you were quick to forward another and so I remain as always a satisfied customer.

    18/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Quality product

    11/06/2021
  • Stuart Gordon

    100%

    Great product, minimal mess, all our garden birds love it including parakeets plus squirrels and mice. Prompt delivery at a good price.

    10/06/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Can’t tell you what they taste like personally- but the goldfinches and bull finches, mistletoe thrush and greater spotted woodpeckers love ‘em! Linda W

    10/06/2021
  • John Douthwaite

    100%

    Quality of the goods and service superb

    09/06/2021

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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