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Our sunflower hearts for birds are some of our most popular straight seeds. They are a great value, mess-free alternative to sunflower seeds for those who want to attract different species of bird to their gardens.

Every sale supports local Wildlife Trusts.

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

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Sunflower hearts for birds

Sunflower hearts for birds are a high energy, highly nutritious food that are taken from the centre of the sunflower seed.

Sunflower hearts are a popular choice and enjoyed by more species than any other wild bird food. Unlike whole black sunflower seeds, these are also suitable for softbill birds.

Husk-free

 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 softbilled 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.

How to feed sunflower hearts to birds

To attract as many species of birds as possible, it's best to feed your sunflower hearts for birds in two main ways:

 

  1. From a hanging seed feeder. This is ideal for species of tit, including Blue Tits and Great Tits

 

  1. From a Bird Table, Ground Feeding Table or Metal Ground Feeder. This is ideal for Blackbirds, Robins and other softbill species.



If you are concerned about larger birds and squirrels eating large quantities of sunflower hearts then ensure you choose the right bird feeder. We have Squirrel-resistant feeders and baffles in stock along with a full range of bird feeders and stations.

 

When to put out your birds' 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.

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FAQ Title 1

Are sunflower hearts good for birds?

FAQ Content 1

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 inner kernels (known as husks) 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 more tired. 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 2

What is the difference between sunflower seeds and hearts?

FAQ Content 2

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 consume them.

FAQ Title 3

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

FAQ Content 3

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 no 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 4

Do Robins like sunflower hearts?

FAQ Content 4

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 and 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 varieties of sunflower seed), suet balls, cakes or pellets (especially during the Winter), nuts (especially peanuts) and mealworms.

FAQ Title 5

Do Woodpeckers eat sunflower seeds and hearts?

FAQ Content 5

Certain species of woodpecker eat sunflower seeds. Great Spotted Woodpeckers will even cling precariously onto hanging tube feeders to get at 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/seeds 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 in our ‘Which Birds Eat This’ section above.

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 john M cooper

    100%

    Excellent for gold finch, green finch, Spotted woodpecke,r chaffinch, house and tree sparrows blue, great and long tailed tits. Great value for attracting these delightful birds.

    08/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    No idea what they taste like but the birds appear to enjoy them.

    08/04/2021
  • Mr steve Wilson

    100%

    Great product from a great supplier and a very good service.

    06/04/2021
  • Robert Hall

    100%

    05/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Fast delivery and great quality sunflowerseeds

    05/04/2021
  • Mark Jarvis

    100%

    Very good as usual

    05/04/2021
  • Mr robert Graham

    100%

    I find sunflower hearts are the best all round bird food for variety of species and no waste and can thoroughly recommend with included delivery you can't go wrong.

    04/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The big favourite of lots of birds

    03/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    The birds eat them pretty quickly but still leave an inner coating on the tray. Very pleased to attract such a variety of birds.

    02/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality and condition and a fast delivery time - exceptional service! The sunflower hearts have lured siskins and goldfinches back to my garden feeders, after a lull of several months. Thank you.

    02/04/2021
  • Judith Knight

    100%

    Perhaps you should be asking the Goldfinches - who devour them with enthusiasm - as do Woodpigeons and Collared Doves and assorted other species!

    01/04/2021
  • Roma Hall

    100%

    Always the favourite. A good-sized bag of seeds in perfect condition. Good value too.

    01/04/2021
  • Mr tony Williams

    100%

    Arrived next day as promised and the birds love them. The newsletter included in the docs was very interesting.

    01/04/2021
  • Mr martin Hill

    100%

    Great product

    31/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very good quality, gold finches visit every day and since buying this product our greenfinches have reappeared after having deserted the garden for a few years even though peanuts and mixed seed is also available. We recommend this product.

    30/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The visitors to my garden are mainly goldfinches and blue tits, and they have a clear preference for these sunflower hearts. They 'queue up' in the branches of the tree waiting impatiently for their turn at the feeder with their favourite seeds.

    30/03/2021
  • Virginia Brown

    100%

    Purchased Sunflower Hearts many many times over the years and always from Vine House Farm. Excellent service, delivery and super quality products. No mess and the birds love these seeds. No contest compared to cheaper bird seed mixes. Well earned 5 stars. Thank you Vine House Farm.

    30/03/2021
  • Pamela Hutchinson

    100%

    Excellent quality, even the siskins have returned to eat them!!

    29/03/2021
  • Margaret syer

    100%

    Does what is says on the package

    29/03/2021
  • Alice Renton

    100%

    I especially like the sunflower hearts because ALL the birds eat them and there is absolutely no wastage. Before, with mixed bags, there was a lot falling to the ground, and though the ground feeders took some of it, there was always wastage, and that just encourages rats. So now, with the sunflower hearts, I feel I am getting my money's worth!

    29/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great quality and value for money and source known. Very important to me that source is known and not from China where standards are dreadful. So many shops and garden centres sell products cheaper but are from China or unknown source.

    29/03/2021
  • Mr grant miller

    100%

    The birds simply love the Sunflower Hearts :-) Vine House Farm shipment came promptly as always, thanks folks!

    28/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    They seem to be of the very best quality - no mess and the birds love them.

    27/03/2021
  • Ms Elizabeth wade

    100%

    As always all the birds love this nutritional food source

    27/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    My birds' favourite. Clean, too. Expensive because they eat so much.

    25/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent as usual

    25/03/2021
  • Wendy Woodward

    100%

    The birds who visit the garden are happy with this product.

    25/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Prompt service, well packaged. Gone down well with the goldfinches.

    24/03/2021
  • Joan Morgan

    100%

    24/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great service, great product.

    24/03/2021
  • Jeremy Holtom

    100%

    Excellent mess free food for finches and tits, anything falling from the feeders feeds the blackbirds!

    24/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Seem to be excellent quality as the birds tend to make short work of them.

    24/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Been ordering from VH Farm for years. Fantastic quality and service - and they support the Wildlife Trust too.

    24/03/2021
  • Mr tony Moss

    100%

    An excellent product. I’ve been getting them for some years from Vine House Farm. Very good value, easy to re-order and with free delivery. Highly recommended.

    24/03/2021
  • Gillian Shipp

    100%

    The birds queue up for them! The most popular choice on my feeders.

    24/03/2021
  • Frederick Bloxham

    100%

    Product arrived in good condition as described and very prompt

    18/03/2021
  • Sarah Smith

    100%

    We have been using you for some time now to supply us with bird seed, which we have always found to be of good quality. Our goldfinches certainly appreciate the Sunflower Hearts, which they find easier to cope with than the ones with husks. The pigeons eat whatever falls to the ground! Greenfinches and blue tits also enjoy them when the goldfinches let them get a look in.

    16/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds love them! Now on our second bag from Vinehouse.

    16/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds love them. They were delivered promptly.

    16/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good and fast service, the Bullfinches visiting my garden had nearly ran out!. We now have Bullfinches, Greenfinches and Goldfinches continually feeding on the sunflower hearts. When the finches are not dominating the sunflower heart feeding the Blue tits, Great tits and occasional coal tit can got their share. Knowing that up to 5% of the sales goes to the Wildlife Trust is a bonus.

    16/03/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    The order and delivery was smooth , and the birds seem to love it , what more can I say !

    16/03/2021
  • Clive Coley

    100%

    Appearance of the seeds is first class so is the packaging and delivery i am just finishing off my previous suppliers seeds which have been awful but I am looking forward to using yours and feel confident they will be superb

    16/03/2021
  • Karen Bainbridge

    100%

    Easy to order - delivered on time - birds love them! What's not to like?

    15/03/2021
  • David Mcknight

    100%

    I have been a customer of Vinehouse Farm for many a years. I think that demonstrates how happy I am about the service and quality of your products.

    15/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great quality, arrived next day as catalogue said they would. Bag they arrived in can be used again.

    15/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    D elivered & sevice good

    14/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Much loved food source for my garden birds

    14/03/2021
  • Sarah Mcinerney

    100%

    Great product, the birds love these sunflower hearts. We have dunnocks, robins and collared doves all enjoying them. The doves even queue up on the fence in the morning waiting for their fill.

    13/03/2021
  • Mrs rosemary lee-russell

    100%

    The birds in my garden love these as does my dog who eats any that are dropped! They are excellent quality and the service from the farm cannot be faulted.

    13/03/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Great quality seed, fast delivery as usual!

    13/03/2021

Sunflower hearts for birds

Sunflower hearts for birds are a high energy, highly nutritious food that are taken from the centre of the sunflower seed.

Sunflower hearts are a popular choice and enjoyed by more species than any other wild bird food. Unlike whole black sunflower seeds, these are also suitable for softbill birds.

Husk-free

 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 softbilled 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.

How to feed sunflower hearts to birds

To attract as many species of birds as possible, it's best to feed your sunflower hearts for birds in two main ways:

 

  1. From a hanging seed feeder. This is ideal for species of tit, including Blue Tits and Great Tits

 

  1. From a Bird Table, Ground Feeding Table or Metal Ground Feeder. This is ideal for Blackbirds, Robins and other softbill species.



If you are concerned about larger birds and squirrels eating large quantities of sunflower hearts then ensure you choose the right bird feeder. We have Squirrel-resistant feeders and baffles in stock along with a full range of bird feeders and stations.

 

When to put out your birds' 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.

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 john M cooper

    100%

    Excellent for gold finch, green finch, Spotted woodpecke,r chaffinch, house and tree sparrows blue, great and long tailed tits. Great value for attracting these delightful birds.

    08/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    No idea what they taste like but the birds appear to enjoy them.

    08/04/2021
  • Mr steve Wilson

    100%

    Great product from a great supplier and a very good service.

    06/04/2021
  • Robert Hall

    100%

    05/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Fast delivery and great quality sunflowerseeds

    05/04/2021
  • Mark Jarvis

    100%

    Very good as usual

    05/04/2021
  • Mr robert Graham

    100%

    I find sunflower hearts are the best all round bird food for variety of species and no waste and can thoroughly recommend with included delivery you can't go wrong.

    04/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The big favourite of lots of birds

    03/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    The birds eat them pretty quickly but still leave an inner coating on the tray. Very pleased to attract such a variety of birds.

    02/04/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality and condition and a fast delivery time - exceptional service! The sunflower hearts have lured siskins and goldfinches back to my garden feeders, after a lull of several months. Thank you.

    02/04/2021
  • Judith Knight

    100%

    Perhaps you should be asking the Goldfinches - who devour them with enthusiasm - as do Woodpigeons and Collared Doves and assorted other species!

    01/04/2021
  • Roma Hall

    100%

    Always the favourite. A good-sized bag of seeds in perfect condition. Good value too.

    01/04/2021
  • Mr tony Williams

    100%

    Arrived next day as promised and the birds love them. The newsletter included in the docs was very interesting.

    01/04/2021
  • Mr martin Hill

    100%

    Great product

    31/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very good quality, gold finches visit every day and since buying this product our greenfinches have reappeared after having deserted the garden for a few years even though peanuts and mixed seed is also available. We recommend this product.

    30/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The visitors to my garden are mainly goldfinches and blue tits, and they have a clear preference for these sunflower hearts. They 'queue up' in the branches of the tree waiting impatiently for their turn at the feeder with their favourite seeds.

    30/03/2021
  • Virginia Brown

    100%

    Purchased Sunflower Hearts many many times over the years and always from Vine House Farm. Excellent service, delivery and super quality products. No mess and the birds love these seeds. No contest compared to cheaper bird seed mixes. Well earned 5 stars. Thank you Vine House Farm.

    30/03/2021
  • Pamela Hutchinson

    100%

    Excellent quality, even the siskins have returned to eat them!!

    29/03/2021
  • Margaret syer

    100%

    Does what is says on the package

    29/03/2021
  • Alice Renton

    100%

    I especially like the sunflower hearts because ALL the birds eat them and there is absolutely no wastage. Before, with mixed bags, there was a lot falling to the ground, and though the ground feeders took some of it, there was always wastage, and that just encourages rats. So now, with the sunflower hearts, I feel I am getting my money's worth!

    29/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great quality and value for money and source known. Very important to me that source is known and not from China where standards are dreadful. So many shops and garden centres sell products cheaper but are from China or unknown source.

    29/03/2021
  • Mr grant miller

    100%

    The birds simply love the Sunflower Hearts :-) Vine House Farm shipment came promptly as always, thanks folks!

    28/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    They seem to be of the very best quality - no mess and the birds love them.

    27/03/2021
  • Ms Elizabeth wade

    100%

    As always all the birds love this nutritional food source

    27/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    My birds' favourite. Clean, too. Expensive because they eat so much.

    25/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent as usual

    25/03/2021
  • Wendy Woodward

    100%

    The birds who visit the garden are happy with this product.

    25/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Prompt service, well packaged. Gone down well with the goldfinches.

    24/03/2021
  • Joan Morgan

    100%

    24/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great service, great product.

    24/03/2021
  • Jeremy Holtom

    100%

    Excellent mess free food for finches and tits, anything falling from the feeders feeds the blackbirds!

    24/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Seem to be excellent quality as the birds tend to make short work of them.

    24/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Been ordering from VH Farm for years. Fantastic quality and service - and they support the Wildlife Trust too.

    24/03/2021
  • Mr tony Moss

    100%

    An excellent product. I’ve been getting them for some years from Vine House Farm. Very good value, easy to re-order and with free delivery. Highly recommended.

    24/03/2021
  • Gillian Shipp

    100%

    The birds queue up for them! The most popular choice on my feeders.

    24/03/2021
  • Frederick Bloxham

    100%

    Product arrived in good condition as described and very prompt

    18/03/2021
  • Sarah Smith

    100%

    We have been using you for some time now to supply us with bird seed, which we have always found to be of good quality. Our goldfinches certainly appreciate the Sunflower Hearts, which they find easier to cope with than the ones with husks. The pigeons eat whatever falls to the ground! Greenfinches and blue tits also enjoy them when the goldfinches let them get a look in.

    16/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds love them! Now on our second bag from Vinehouse.

    16/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds love them. They were delivered promptly.

    16/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good and fast service, the Bullfinches visiting my garden had nearly ran out!. We now have Bullfinches, Greenfinches and Goldfinches continually feeding on the sunflower hearts. When the finches are not dominating the sunflower heart feeding the Blue tits, Great tits and occasional coal tit can got their share. Knowing that up to 5% of the sales goes to the Wildlife Trust is a bonus.

    16/03/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    The order and delivery was smooth , and the birds seem to love it , what more can I say !

    16/03/2021
  • Clive Coley

    100%

    Appearance of the seeds is first class so is the packaging and delivery i am just finishing off my previous suppliers seeds which have been awful but I am looking forward to using yours and feel confident they will be superb

    16/03/2021
  • Karen Bainbridge

    100%

    Easy to order - delivered on time - birds love them! What's not to like?

    15/03/2021
  • David Mcknight

    100%

    I have been a customer of Vinehouse Farm for many a years. I think that demonstrates how happy I am about the service and quality of your products.

    15/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great quality, arrived next day as catalogue said they would. Bag they arrived in can be used again.

    15/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    D elivered & sevice good

    14/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Much loved food source for my garden birds

    14/03/2021
  • Sarah Mcinerney

    100%

    Great product, the birds love these sunflower hearts. We have dunnocks, robins and collared doves all enjoying them. The doves even queue up on the fence in the morning waiting for their fill.

    13/03/2021
  • Mrs rosemary lee-russell

    100%

    The birds in my garden love these as does my dog who eats any that are dropped! They are excellent quality and the service from the farm cannot be faulted.

    13/03/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Great quality seed, fast delivery as usual!

    13/03/2021

FAQS

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 inner kernels (known as husks) 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 more tired. 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 consume them.

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 no waste left behind in your garden. This also makes them suitable for soft bill birds such as Blackbirds and Robins, unlike Whole Sunflower Seeds.

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 and 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 varieties of sunflower seed), suet balls, cakes or pellets (especially during the Winter), nuts (especially peanuts) and mealworms.

Do Woodpeckers eat sunflower seeds and hearts?

Certain species of woodpecker eat sunflower seeds. Great Spotted Woodpeckers will even cling precariously onto hanging tube feeders to get at 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/seeds 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 in our ‘Which Birds Eat This’ section above.

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