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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.

  • Lucy Fox

    100%

    strong bag containing my large order of great sunflower hearts

    15/05/2022
  • Tim Barker

    100%

    Easy to order. Rapid delivery. The birds like them!

    13/05/2022
  • Miss Shirley johnson

    100%

    Super product and great delivery - thank you.

    13/05/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Very efficient delivery.

    12/05/2022
  • Jo Keeley

    100%

    Top-quality sunflower hearts, loved by a wide variety of species especially finches (including bullfinches!)

    09/05/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds love them! And no mess from the husks. Haven’t received any complaints from the birds, either!

    06/05/2022
  • Mrs karen Yorke

    100%

    Excellence throughout, web page, product and delivery

    06/05/2022
  • Ken Church

    100%

    Excellent wild bird food with none of the mess you get under seed feeders from the complete (black) seeds. Easy to order at a competitive price with rapid delivery as well. Can recommend!

    05/05/2022
  • Dr John oni-orisan

    100%

    As always service superb; delivered in less than 24 hours!

    05/05/2022
  • Jacqueline Tuttlebury

    100%

    As always, excellent quality bird food, which my garden visitors devour. The delivery arrived the next day via courrier. I recommend Vine House Farm for excellent service and quality.

    03/05/2022
  • Catherine Yates

    100%

    Lovely plump hearts for my garden birds who love them at a great price with fast next day delivery-superb!

    03/05/2022
  • Mrs jean Bucknall

    100%

    Excellent quality sunflower hearts - the siskins and goldfinches love them, but they eat so many we can hardly keep up with them!

    29/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent service for an excellent British product order one day and delivery the next.

    28/04/2022
  • Mrs lucie Brear

    100%

    Consistently good quality - a repeat purchase

    28/04/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Birds love ‘em too much!

    28/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds very satisfied

    28/04/2022
  • Lesley Ball

    80%

    I purchase all my bird feed from Vine House Farm. Good selection and prompt delivery. Dropped a star due to not supplying feed in paper bags instead of plastic.

    27/04/2022
  • Heather Coats

    100%

    Good quality and the birds love them. Delivery was not as straightforward as usual. I had a text to say the parcel would be delivered on a Tuesday and then later in the day another text to say that it was back in the depot and would be delivered on Wednesday. A time was given but it was delivered earlier when I was out which was inconvenient.

    25/04/2022
  • Mr gordon Hoseason

    100%

    Product is good,delivery is good but how do you justify the sudden increase in price to almost 50 pounds from 44 pounds?

    25/04/2022
  • Babs Moore

    100%

    Birds love them and easy to put in feeders and no mess

    24/04/2022
  • Mr david Steeley

    100%

    This was a very easy way to purchase my bird food requirements. The Vine House Farm online shop has a user-friendly ordering system. I made my selection, paid via card and the order was confirmed with an expected delivery date. I was also able to state where the goods should be left when delivered, which was my enclosed porch. Goods were delivered on time on the due date and in the selected place. Excellent service.

    23/04/2022
  • Evelyn Harding

    100%

    Great product. My birds love them

    22/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All my garden birds love them, especially the Goldfinches

    21/04/2022
  • Mr david Mackay

    80%

    excellent online service and delivery process very efficient and reliable. Cost going up which is understandable but disappointing. However quality is high based on how the birds consume it compared to other suppliers.

    21/04/2022
  • Susan Mckenna

    100%

    The bird food from Vine House Farm is always top quality. Delivery is usually the day after ordering. It is good to know that I am caring for the wildlife in my own garden and also helping to support the Wildlife Trust

    20/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality seeds that are devoured by the birds visiting my garden.

    20/04/2022
  • John Andrews

    100%

    good quality seeds packed in easy to use bags,will order again.

    19/04/2022
  • Mr shaaron Sanderson

    100%

    Arrived promptly. Birds love them, now seeing goldfinch, chaffinch and Siskin in the garden.

    18/04/2022
  • Susan Cranfield

    100%

    This is an excellent product which is loved, rather too much, by all birds. Vine House also has a very efficient delivery service, and brilliant newsletter. Thank you.

    15/04/2022
  • David Bomgardner

    100%

    Excellent product and excellent service. Understandable that costs are rising.

    14/04/2022
  • Aileen Connor

    100%

    Good quality, very quick delivery, birds can't get enough of them!

    13/04/2022
  • Mrs fiona Ambrose

    100%

    Brilliant product. The garden birds, pheasants, doves, crows and red squirrels love them! Excellent service from VHFarm

    12/04/2022
  • Leonie Mercer

    100%

    11/04/2022
  • Mr david Young

    100%

    as usual supply and delivery was very prompt and the product choice is excellent

    07/04/2022
  • Nicholas Michell

    80%

    07/04/2022
  • Paul Huke

    100%

    I have used these before and have always a very popular with the birds that visit my garden. A very good choice to make.

    05/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good value Attract a lot of different birds but particularly goldfinches Ordering straight forward and appreciate next day delivery

    05/04/2022
  • Keith Vines

    100%

    Excellent product quality… judging by how the birds flock to sunflower hearts, and also very good value from Vine House Farm.

    01/04/2022
  • Karen Griffin

    100%

    Will have to buy more as the lovely goldfinches have found my hangers and are gobbling them up. Nice clean seeds.

    01/04/2022
  • Mr alan Brown

    100%

    Excellent as always. Quick delivery too.

    01/04/2022
  • Jp Butler

    100%

    Very good fast efficient service. I hope a way can be found to provide sacks that can be recycled.

    01/04/2022
  • Jenny Clink

    100%

    Happy birds! Excellent quality.

    01/04/2022
  • Brian Chandler

    100%

    Always top quality and attract many species. Very reliable

    30/03/2022
  • Gillian Shipp

    100%

    Good quality as usual, birds love them!

    29/03/2022
  • Mrs anne Small

    100%

    Hi, Thank you for sending the sunflower hearts when DHL lost the parcel. I might add that a couple of days later another bag was delivered so I suspect they finally found the parcel. I only paid for 1 bag as far as I am aware so please feel free to take another payment. My birds love the sunflower hearts so I will carry on ordering from you.

    29/03/2022
  • Mr bill Henderson

    100%

    Brilliant seeds loved by the birds!

    29/03/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent product and the birds love them!

    28/03/2022
  • Linda Henderson

    100%

    My goldfinches love these seeds. No waste at all. I Bought them black sunflower seeds for a change and they totally ignored them! So im glad they're feeding back to normal, fussy birds!

    28/03/2022
  • Julia Mccord

    100%

    Excellent delivery time, excellent product, birds love it.

    25/03/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The quality of the seed is first class. Cheaper sources contain a variety of extraneous matter which I would not wish to subject my birds too.

    25/03/2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

All prices in our catalogue and on our website include delivery; there are no hidden extra costs. Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched on that day using a next working day delivery service. Therefore an order placed on Tuesday morning should be delivered on Wednesday and an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.

We don't deliver on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. We offer a no sigature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags.

Live food orders and orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

If you have not received your order within 7 working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK and Northern Ireland with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied.
Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

  • Lucy Fox

    100%

    strong bag containing my large order of great sunflower hearts

    15/05/2022
  • Tim Barker

    100%

    Easy to order. Rapid delivery. The birds like them!

    13/05/2022
  • Miss Shirley johnson

    100%

    Super product and great delivery - thank you.

    13/05/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Very efficient delivery.

    12/05/2022
  • Jo Keeley

    100%

    Top-quality sunflower hearts, loved by a wide variety of species especially finches (including bullfinches!)

    09/05/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds love them! And no mess from the husks. Haven’t received any complaints from the birds, either!

    06/05/2022
  • Mrs karen Yorke

    100%

    Excellence throughout, web page, product and delivery

    06/05/2022
  • Ken Church

    100%

    Excellent wild bird food with none of the mess you get under seed feeders from the complete (black) seeds. Easy to order at a competitive price with rapid delivery as well. Can recommend!

    05/05/2022
  • Dr John oni-orisan

    100%

    As always service superb; delivered in less than 24 hours!

    05/05/2022
  • Jacqueline Tuttlebury

    100%

    As always, excellent quality bird food, which my garden visitors devour. The delivery arrived the next day via courrier. I recommend Vine House Farm for excellent service and quality.

    03/05/2022
  • Catherine Yates

    100%

    Lovely plump hearts for my garden birds who love them at a great price with fast next day delivery-superb!

    03/05/2022
  • Mrs jean Bucknall

    100%

    Excellent quality sunflower hearts - the siskins and goldfinches love them, but they eat so many we can hardly keep up with them!

    29/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent service for an excellent British product order one day and delivery the next.

    28/04/2022
  • Mrs lucie Brear

    100%

    Consistently good quality - a repeat purchase

    28/04/2022
  • Guest

    100%

    Birds love ‘em too much!

    28/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds very satisfied

    28/04/2022
  • Lesley Ball

    80%

    I purchase all my bird feed from Vine House Farm. Good selection and prompt delivery. Dropped a star due to not supplying feed in paper bags instead of plastic.

    27/04/2022
  • Heather Coats

    100%

    Good quality and the birds love them. Delivery was not as straightforward as usual. I had a text to say the parcel would be delivered on a Tuesday and then later in the day another text to say that it was back in the depot and would be delivered on Wednesday. A time was given but it was delivered earlier when I was out which was inconvenient.

    25/04/2022
  • Mr gordon Hoseason

    100%

    Product is good,delivery is good but how do you justify the sudden increase in price to almost 50 pounds from 44 pounds?

    25/04/2022
  • Babs Moore

    100%

    Birds love them and easy to put in feeders and no mess

    24/04/2022
  • Mr david Steeley

    100%

    This was a very easy way to purchase my bird food requirements. The Vine House Farm online shop has a user-friendly ordering system. I made my selection, paid via card and the order was confirmed with an expected delivery date. I was also able to state where the goods should be left when delivered, which was my enclosed porch. Goods were delivered on time on the due date and in the selected place. Excellent service.

    23/04/2022
  • Evelyn Harding

    100%

    Great product. My birds love them

    22/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All my garden birds love them, especially the Goldfinches

    21/04/2022
  • Mr david Mackay

    80%

    excellent online service and delivery process very efficient and reliable. Cost going up which is understandable but disappointing. However quality is high based on how the birds consume it compared to other suppliers.

    21/04/2022
  • Susan Mckenna

    100%

    The bird food from Vine House Farm is always top quality. Delivery is usually the day after ordering. It is good to know that I am caring for the wildlife in my own garden and also helping to support the Wildlife Trust

    20/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality seeds that are devoured by the birds visiting my garden.

    20/04/2022
  • John Andrews

    100%

    good quality seeds packed in easy to use bags,will order again.

    19/04/2022
  • Mr shaaron Sanderson

    100%

    Arrived promptly. Birds love them, now seeing goldfinch, chaffinch and Siskin in the garden.

    18/04/2022
  • Susan Cranfield

    100%

    This is an excellent product which is loved, rather too much, by all birds. Vine House also has a very efficient delivery service, and brilliant newsletter. Thank you.

    15/04/2022
  • David Bomgardner

    100%

    Excellent product and excellent service. Understandable that costs are rising.

    14/04/2022
  • Aileen Connor

    100%

    Good quality, very quick delivery, birds can't get enough of them!

    13/04/2022
  • Mrs fiona Ambrose

    100%

    Brilliant product. The garden birds, pheasants, doves, crows and red squirrels love them! Excellent service from VHFarm

    12/04/2022
  • Leonie Mercer

    100%

    11/04/2022
  • Mr david Young

    100%

    as usual supply and delivery was very prompt and the product choice is excellent

    07/04/2022
  • Nicholas Michell

    80%

    07/04/2022
  • Paul Huke

    100%

    I have used these before and have always a very popular with the birds that visit my garden. A very good choice to make.

    05/04/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good value Attract a lot of different birds but particularly goldfinches Ordering straight forward and appreciate next day delivery

    05/04/2022
  • Keith Vines

    100%

    Excellent product quality… judging by how the birds flock to sunflower hearts, and also very good value from Vine House Farm.

    01/04/2022
  • Karen Griffin

    100%

    Will have to buy more as the lovely goldfinches have found my hangers and are gobbling them up. Nice clean seeds.

    01/04/2022
  • Mr alan Brown

    100%

    Excellent as always. Quick delivery too.

    01/04/2022
  • Jp Butler

    100%

    Very good fast efficient service. I hope a way can be found to provide sacks that can be recycled.

    01/04/2022
  • Jenny Clink

    100%

    Happy birds! Excellent quality.

    01/04/2022
  • Brian Chandler

    100%

    Always top quality and attract many species. Very reliable

    30/03/2022
  • Gillian Shipp

    100%

    Good quality as usual, birds love them!

    29/03/2022
  • Mrs anne Small

    100%

    Hi, Thank you for sending the sunflower hearts when DHL lost the parcel. I might add that a couple of days later another bag was delivered so I suspect they finally found the parcel. I only paid for 1 bag as far as I am aware so please feel free to take another payment. My birds love the sunflower hearts so I will carry on ordering from you.

    29/03/2022
  • Mr bill Henderson

    100%

    Brilliant seeds loved by the birds!

    29/03/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent product and the birds love them!

    28/03/2022
  • Linda Henderson

    100%

    My goldfinches love these seeds. No waste at all. I Bought them black sunflower seeds for a change and they totally ignored them! So im glad they're feeding back to normal, fussy birds!

    28/03/2022
  • Julia Mccord

    100%

    Excellent delivery time, excellent product, birds love it.

    25/03/2022
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The quality of the seed is first class. Cheaper sources contain a variety of extraneous matter which I would not wish to subject my birds too.

    25/03/2022

FAQS

How should I feed sunflower hearts to birds?

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

- Hanging seed feeders

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

- Ground trays or bird tables

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

- Caged feeders

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Are sunflower hearts good for birds?

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

 

 

What is the difference between sunflower seeds and hearts?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Which size bag should I buy?

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

 

Do sunflower seeds or sunflower hearts go bad?

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

 

Do Robins like sunflower hearts?

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

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

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

Do woodpeckers eat sunflower seeds and hearts?

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

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

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

Which birds eat sunflower hearts?

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

 

 

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