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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.

  • Guest

    100%

    Have used vine house farm a few times now they are so quick to deliver and you can rely on quality buying larger quantities and delivered to your door couldn’t be easier I highly recommend vine house farm

    18/01/2022
  • J Graham dyson

    80%

    The birds seem to like them. That is good for them but my pocket suffers

    18/01/2022
  • Wendy Woodward

    100%

    Fantastic product. The wild birds' favourite.

    18/01/2022
  • D Errington

    100%

    Good service and delivery. The birds are keen to eat them. Good value.

    18/01/2022
  • Jane Rabbatts

    100%

    Excellent quality. Birds love them!

    18/01/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular

    14/01/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Garden birds love these, good quality and came quickly

    14/01/2022
  • Allan Hough

    100%

    A 'user friendly' food that is taken by tits, finches, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, robin, greenfinch, brambling, siskin, redpoll etc An excellent almost universal food source.

    13/01/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    As ever, good quality and arrived promptly

    12/01/2022
  • J Willacy

    100%

    Excellent product from a supplier who knows about feeding birds.

    07/01/2022
  • Yolande Kenny

    100%

    Always excellent quality and arrives the next day.

    06/01/2022
  • Richard Cory

    100%

    Good value clean quality product. Preferred to anything else at my feeding station!

    05/01/2022
  • Margaret Rogers

    100%

    Excellent the birds love them

    05/01/2022
  • Tim Green

    100%

    A low mess favourite of many of the birds which visit our backyard including local nuthatches and bullfinches. Squirrels like them too.

    04/01/2022
  • Christine Macleod

    100%

    The finches and tits can't get enough of them. Don't buy these unless you're happy to keep refilling (and cleaning) your bird feeders!

    03/01/2022
  • Evelyn Harding

    100%

    Excellent quality bird food and first class service. I'm always very satisfied with my purchases from Vine's.

    03/01/2022
  • Euan Aitken

    100%

    Our wild birds love 'em!

    03/01/2022
  • E Wills

    100%

    Excellent quality as always. The birds relish them.

    30/12/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    As before, great quality product and next day delivery thanks

    30/12/2021
  • Neil Henderson

    100%

    Good quality, good price, delivered promptly on time.

    30/12/2021
  • Mrs elizabeth icard

    100%

    Birds love them.

    30/12/2021
  • Ann Fletcher

    100%

    Delivered promptly and product was as described. Disappointed with the courier as it was left on my doorstep in full view but the email delivery confirmation said it was left secure in a porch. I don’t have a porch.

    29/12/2021
  • Dr John oni-orisan

    100%

    As always arrived within 24 hours of ordering. What is not to like?!

    28/12/2021
  • Ms Rosemary atkins

    100%

    THE basic bird food. If you feed nothing else, make sunflower hearts your choice. High in nutrients and energy, suitable for all species and with no mess lying beneath your feeders.

    27/12/2021
  • Christopher Revill

    100%

    Fabulous, easy to use website and delivered when promised, a discount from the wildlife trust was really helpful, overall can’t fault my experience with this company many thanks

    24/12/2021
  • Niki Parker

    100%

    the gold finches and all variety of tits love these. they gobble them up. the big birds, who used to push the small ones out of the way(jays parakeets etc, ) cannot reach them because of the excellent squirrel-proof feeder hidden in the olive tree.

    24/12/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds very happy with the seed. Eating us out house and home!

    23/12/2021
  • Linda Hollister

    80%

    Arrived well packed in a large bag with no damage. 2 single bags of sunflower hearts.

    21/12/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Arrived quickly, no over packaging and seed from UK. Brilliant!

    21/12/2021
  • Robert Battles

    100%

    As usual very prompt and very friendly service and the birds send a big thank you for their delicious seeds. And a very Merry Christmas to you all XX

    21/12/2021
  • Stephen Forkes

    100%

    21/12/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    No mess under the feeders and enjoyed by my garden of birds.

    20/12/2021
  • Mr martin Welsford

    100%

    Basically, the birds love them and that's why I buy them. The Goldfinches especially prefer them to the Niger seeds and I can sometimes get a flock of 20 or more on the feeders or waiting to feed. Getting them delivered in bulk also helps me. I recommend Vine House seeds and it helps Wildlife Trusts as well. Win win.

    19/12/2021
  • Jean Durham

    80%

    Goldfinches and chaffinches appreciate the sunflower seeds

    19/12/2021
  • Robert Jobling

    100%

    Excellent range of top quality bird foods and the sunflower hearts are the bird food of choice in our garden attracting a wide variety of birds. Vine House delivery service is also superb.

    18/12/2021
  • J G burton

    80%

    The birds seem to like them

    18/12/2021
  • Mr c Pygott

    100%

    The usual excellence in product and service.

    17/12/2021
  • Mr john Showers

    100%

    I am writing on behalf of the goldfinches in my garden. They are far too busy stuffing themselves on the sunflower hearts to do it themselves.

    16/12/2021
  • Christopher Parish

    100%

    Very fast delivery of great seeds from a caring producer

    16/12/2021
  • John Hagues

    100%

    The only downside about this product is that I keep having to fill up the feeder as the birds love these seeds!

    16/12/2021
  • Brian Parkin

    100%

    15/12/2021
  • Janet Adams

    100%

    Never tried them myself but the Goldfinches love them !

    15/12/2021
  • Mr barry Blyth

    100%

    Usual first-class service from Vine House Farm, including prompt delivery. The quality of the seeds is very good and they are very popular with the local birds.

    15/12/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Quality product, every scrap is eaten! Delivery is always quick and efficient.

    14/12/2021
  • Chris Anderson

    100%

    Excellent product and it’s great to have it delivered to your door

    13/12/2021
  • Graham Orr

    100%

    Excellent service as usual. Thank you

    13/12/2021
  • Lois white

    100%

    Very happy with my purchase of sunflower hearts , prompt delivery and the garden birds appear to be really enjoying them .

    11/12/2021
  • Evelyn Harding

    100%

    As always I am very pleased with my purchase from Vine's. My birds love these sunflower hearts. Excellent quality and great service

    11/12/2021
  • Stefania Marsh

    100%

    A real favourite with the birds in my garden. I get through a lot.

    11/12/2021
  • Nicholas Craddock

    100%

    Very popular with our feathered friends and good value for money which keeps the pay master general happy

    10/12/2021

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.

  • Guest

    100%

    Have used vine house farm a few times now they are so quick to deliver and you can rely on quality buying larger quantities and delivered to your door couldn’t be easier I highly recommend vine house farm

    18/01/2022
  • J Graham dyson

    80%

    The birds seem to like them. That is good for them but my pocket suffers

    18/01/2022
  • Wendy Woodward

    100%

    Fantastic product. The wild birds' favourite.

    18/01/2022
  • D Errington

    100%

    Good service and delivery. The birds are keen to eat them. Good value.

    18/01/2022
  • Jane Rabbatts

    100%

    Excellent quality. Birds love them!

    18/01/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular

    14/01/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Garden birds love these, good quality and came quickly

    14/01/2022
  • Allan Hough

    100%

    A 'user friendly' food that is taken by tits, finches, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, robin, greenfinch, brambling, siskin, redpoll etc An excellent almost universal food source.

    13/01/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    As ever, good quality and arrived promptly

    12/01/2022
  • J Willacy

    100%

    Excellent product from a supplier who knows about feeding birds.

    07/01/2022
  • Yolande Kenny

    100%

    Always excellent quality and arrives the next day.

    06/01/2022
  • Richard Cory

    100%

    Good value clean quality product. Preferred to anything else at my feeding station!

    05/01/2022
  • Margaret Rogers

    100%

    Excellent the birds love them

    05/01/2022
  • Tim Green

    100%

    A low mess favourite of many of the birds which visit our backyard including local nuthatches and bullfinches. Squirrels like them too.

    04/01/2022
  • Christine Macleod

    100%

    The finches and tits can't get enough of them. Don't buy these unless you're happy to keep refilling (and cleaning) your bird feeders!

    03/01/2022
  • Evelyn Harding

    100%

    Excellent quality bird food and first class service. I'm always very satisfied with my purchases from Vine's.

    03/01/2022
  • Euan Aitken

    100%

    Our wild birds love 'em!

    03/01/2022
  • E Wills

    100%

    Excellent quality as always. The birds relish them.

    30/12/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    As before, great quality product and next day delivery thanks

    30/12/2021
  • Neil Henderson

    100%

    Good quality, good price, delivered promptly on time.

    30/12/2021
  • Mrs elizabeth icard

    100%

    Birds love them.

    30/12/2021
  • Ann Fletcher

    100%

    Delivered promptly and product was as described. Disappointed with the courier as it was left on my doorstep in full view but the email delivery confirmation said it was left secure in a porch. I don’t have a porch.

    29/12/2021
  • Dr John oni-orisan

    100%

    As always arrived within 24 hours of ordering. What is not to like?!

    28/12/2021
  • Ms Rosemary atkins

    100%

    THE basic bird food. If you feed nothing else, make sunflower hearts your choice. High in nutrients and energy, suitable for all species and with no mess lying beneath your feeders.

    27/12/2021
  • Christopher Revill

    100%

    Fabulous, easy to use website and delivered when promised, a discount from the wildlife trust was really helpful, overall can’t fault my experience with this company many thanks

    24/12/2021
  • Niki Parker

    100%

    the gold finches and all variety of tits love these. they gobble them up. the big birds, who used to push the small ones out of the way(jays parakeets etc, ) cannot reach them because of the excellent squirrel-proof feeder hidden in the olive tree.

    24/12/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds very happy with the seed. Eating us out house and home!

    23/12/2021
  • Linda Hollister

    80%

    Arrived well packed in a large bag with no damage. 2 single bags of sunflower hearts.

    21/12/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Arrived quickly, no over packaging and seed from UK. Brilliant!

    21/12/2021
  • Robert Battles

    100%

    As usual very prompt and very friendly service and the birds send a big thank you for their delicious seeds. And a very Merry Christmas to you all XX

    21/12/2021
  • Stephen Forkes

    100%

    21/12/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    No mess under the feeders and enjoyed by my garden of birds.

    20/12/2021
  • Mr martin Welsford

    100%

    Basically, the birds love them and that's why I buy them. The Goldfinches especially prefer them to the Niger seeds and I can sometimes get a flock of 20 or more on the feeders or waiting to feed. Getting them delivered in bulk also helps me. I recommend Vine House seeds and it helps Wildlife Trusts as well. Win win.

    19/12/2021
  • Jean Durham

    80%

    Goldfinches and chaffinches appreciate the sunflower seeds

    19/12/2021
  • Robert Jobling

    100%

    Excellent range of top quality bird foods and the sunflower hearts are the bird food of choice in our garden attracting a wide variety of birds. Vine House delivery service is also superb.

    18/12/2021
  • J G burton

    80%

    The birds seem to like them

    18/12/2021
  • Mr c Pygott

    100%

    The usual excellence in product and service.

    17/12/2021
  • Mr john Showers

    100%

    I am writing on behalf of the goldfinches in my garden. They are far too busy stuffing themselves on the sunflower hearts to do it themselves.

    16/12/2021
  • Christopher Parish

    100%

    Very fast delivery of great seeds from a caring producer

    16/12/2021
  • John Hagues

    100%

    The only downside about this product is that I keep having to fill up the feeder as the birds love these seeds!

    16/12/2021
  • Brian Parkin

    100%

    15/12/2021
  • Janet Adams

    100%

    Never tried them myself but the Goldfinches love them !

    15/12/2021
  • Mr barry Blyth

    100%

    Usual first-class service from Vine House Farm, including prompt delivery. The quality of the seeds is very good and they are very popular with the local birds.

    15/12/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Quality product, every scrap is eaten! Delivery is always quick and efficient.

    14/12/2021
  • Chris Anderson

    100%

    Excellent product and it’s great to have it delivered to your door

    13/12/2021
  • Graham Orr

    100%

    Excellent service as usual. Thank you

    13/12/2021
  • Lois white

    100%

    Very happy with my purchase of sunflower hearts , prompt delivery and the garden birds appear to be really enjoying them .

    11/12/2021
  • Evelyn Harding

    100%

    As always I am very pleased with my purchase from Vine's. My birds love these sunflower hearts. Excellent quality and great service

    11/12/2021
  • Stefania Marsh

    100%

    A real favourite with the birds in my garden. I get through a lot.

    11/12/2021
  • Nicholas Craddock

    100%

    Very popular with our feathered friends and good value for money which keeps the pay master general happy

    10/12/2021

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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