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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 Wildlife Trusts. 

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What are sunflower hearts?

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.

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 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) - 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.

  • Ms Catherine doggart

    100%

    Great quality! Also love that Vinehouse helps nature.

    16/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Have used sunflower hearts for years because the birds love them.

    15/02/2021
  • Alan Novelle

    100%

    the food most liked by the birds

    15/02/2021
  • Paul Edwards

    100%

    The birds just love the Sunflower Hearts throughout the year. This appears to be their favourite food

    15/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very quick delivery. Thanks

    14/02/2021
  • Robin Hemer

    100%

    Excellent product birds love them and quick delivery.

    12/02/2021
  • Mary Cunnington

    100%

    I enjoy a continuous flow of birds to my small rural garden :blue tits, coal tits, long tailed tits, chaffinches, gold finches, nuthatches, robins,sparrows, wrens, blackbirds starlings, crows common woodpecker all brighten my lonely covid life and i hope some will nest in my garden-a few years ag i had 12 nesting Purchasing sunflower seeds is an investment in nature and all the pleasure it brings

    12/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds are loving them. They look very fresh. Vine house delivered quickly on time and would recommend using them.

    11/02/2021
  • Mr ian Hedley

    100%

    Brilliant service Great product Sunflower Hearts loved by: Goldfinches Tits Nuthatch Robin and more

    11/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds in my garden love the Vine house farm sunflower seeds. they can't get enough of them

    10/02/2021
  • John Acworth

    100%

    Always excellent and enjoyed by so many birds, particularly goldfinches and nuthatches who find it a bit difficult getting onto the feeders.

    10/02/2021
  • Roger Hubbold

    100%

    I've been ordering these for some time. Bought in bulk, they are good value and always of good quality. Our birds seem to love them, more so than other seed types we have tried. Delivery is always prompt. Vine House Farm provides excellent service.

    10/02/2021
  • Alan Trinder

    100%

    Product exactly as described. But why pay a third party to collect product revues?

    10/02/2021
  • Linda Brooks

    100%

    Aways good quality. Well packaged with efficient delivery.

    10/02/2021
  • Mrs libby Stubbs

    100%

    The sunflower hearts from VHF are really excellent. I have a sunflower seed feeder and other brands of the sunflower hearts are really small and I end up losing the seeds through the mesh. I am extremely happy with all products I have purchased from this company.

    10/02/2021
  • Michael Lloyd-jones

    100%

    good quality , seeds always fresh and stay fresh until our reorder. All the birds love them - nuthatches to gold finches . recommended for any first time bird feeders

    09/02/2021
  • Bob Andrews

    100%

    GOOD PRODUCT. PROMPT DELIVERY.

    09/02/2021
  • Raymond Curran

    100%

    This is now my regular bird food that I use as the goldfinches prefer it to the nyger seed.. Also used by the blue tits. There is also very little mess and any dropped seed is eaten by the wood pigeons. Good value and the delivery was within 24 hours.

    03/09/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great - thanks

    02/09/2020
  • Dorothy Robson

    100%

    Excellent quality.

    02/09/2020
  • Christine Hill

    100%

    Quick and easy to order, and the hearts seem good quality, the birds certainly love them

    02/09/2020
  • Drina Ponton

    100%

    Very satisfied with fast response and next day delivery. Than you so much.

    02/09/2020
  • Robert Rockley

    100%

    Good value, good product

    01/09/2020
  • Jeff Benson

    100%

    Great product, quality and the birds love them. Delivery is quick so if you order them one day they'll normally be delivered the following day.

    01/09/2020
  • George West

    80%

    good quality, fair price, arrived on time,

    01/09/2020
  • Christine Mcdonald

    100%

    Vine House Farm products are high quality, competitively priced and promptly delivered.

    01/09/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    always prompt. Excellent.

    01/09/2020
  • Carol Bickerstaffe

    100%

    Very good product and delivery

    31/08/2020
  • Sheila Hills

    100%

    31/08/2020
  • Nigel Perry

    100%

    Very good quality. Don’t last long in my bird feeders!

    31/08/2020
  • Jacqueline Day

    100%

    Very popular with a wide range of birds but my personal visitors include feisty Siskin and nuthatch, some of my favourites. Delivery service also excellent.

    31/08/2020
  • Richard Rogers

    100%

    excellent service and excellent seed quality

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality and delivered very promptly.

    31/08/2020
  • Barry Morss

    100%

    I've bought loads of these over the years and the quality is always good. The 25 Kg bag is pretty good value and my prefered way to buy them. The birds seem to get through them quickly enough so they must be happy.

    31/08/2020
  • Jonathan gillespie

    100%

    Excellent quality and service

    31/08/2020
  • Joan Robertson

    100%

    31/08/2020
  • Michael Holland

    100%

    These are excelent value; were delivered very promptly and are very popular with our garden birds

    31/08/2020
  • Logan Lewis-proudlock

    100%

    Just what the birds ordered and it arrived in record time!

    31/08/2020
  • Anne Addison

    100%

    Well loved by a variety of our garden birds, goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch and of course our pesky but loved sparrows. Good quality and size as usual.

    31/08/2020
  • Glenys Lowe

    100%

    Excellent quality enjoyed by all birds,.

    31/08/2020
  • Tim Newell

    100%

    Yum yum say the birds!

    31/08/2020
  • David Shackley

    100%

    Excellent product,excellent service. The birds are very happy!

    31/08/2020
  • Bill Henderson

    100%

    My birds love them. Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin,Sparrow and of course pigeons!

    31/08/2020
  • John Harris

    80%

    The sunflower hearts have been so popular until recently when 'our' birds have decided to take a rest from them, possibly because we have positioned a hanging basket near the feeder. No doubt, after time, when autumn and winter kickin, the birds, mainly house parrows, will start queueing up as they used to from the nearby buddleia tree.

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Also very popular with the birds.

    31/08/2020
  • Martin Taylor

    100%

    Super quality and no waste. Our wide range of visiting birds just love these.

    31/08/2020
  • Richard Cox

    100%

    Although comparatively expensive the quality justifies the price.

    31/08/2020
  • Nick Charles

    100%

    Arrived speedily, as usual and of excellent quality, as can be testified by the flocks of goldfinch who empty the two bird feeders each day!

    31/08/2020
  • Peter Whiting

    100%

    First class buy

    31/08/2020
  • Janet Gorham-lester

    100%

    Quick delivery and very good quality Sunflower hearts.

    31/08/2020

What are sunflower hearts?

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.

  • Ms Catherine doggart

    100%

    Great quality! Also love that Vinehouse helps nature.

    16/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Have used sunflower hearts for years because the birds love them.

    15/02/2021
  • Alan Novelle

    100%

    the food most liked by the birds

    15/02/2021
  • Paul Edwards

    100%

    The birds just love the Sunflower Hearts throughout the year. This appears to be their favourite food

    15/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very quick delivery. Thanks

    14/02/2021
  • Robin Hemer

    100%

    Excellent product birds love them and quick delivery.

    12/02/2021
  • Mary Cunnington

    100%

    I enjoy a continuous flow of birds to my small rural garden :blue tits, coal tits, long tailed tits, chaffinches, gold finches, nuthatches, robins,sparrows, wrens, blackbirds starlings, crows common woodpecker all brighten my lonely covid life and i hope some will nest in my garden-a few years ag i had 12 nesting Purchasing sunflower seeds is an investment in nature and all the pleasure it brings

    12/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Birds are loving them. They look very fresh. Vine house delivered quickly on time and would recommend using them.

    11/02/2021
  • Mr ian Hedley

    100%

    Brilliant service Great product Sunflower Hearts loved by: Goldfinches Tits Nuthatch Robin and more

    11/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The birds in my garden love the Vine house farm sunflower seeds. they can't get enough of them

    10/02/2021
  • John Acworth

    100%

    Always excellent and enjoyed by so many birds, particularly goldfinches and nuthatches who find it a bit difficult getting onto the feeders.

    10/02/2021
  • Roger Hubbold

    100%

    I've been ordering these for some time. Bought in bulk, they are good value and always of good quality. Our birds seem to love them, more so than other seed types we have tried. Delivery is always prompt. Vine House Farm provides excellent service.

    10/02/2021
  • Alan Trinder

    100%

    Product exactly as described. But why pay a third party to collect product revues?

    10/02/2021
  • Linda Brooks

    100%

    Aways good quality. Well packaged with efficient delivery.

    10/02/2021
  • Mrs libby Stubbs

    100%

    The sunflower hearts from VHF are really excellent. I have a sunflower seed feeder and other brands of the sunflower hearts are really small and I end up losing the seeds through the mesh. I am extremely happy with all products I have purchased from this company.

    10/02/2021
  • Michael Lloyd-jones

    100%

    good quality , seeds always fresh and stay fresh until our reorder. All the birds love them - nuthatches to gold finches . recommended for any first time bird feeders

    09/02/2021
  • Bob Andrews

    100%

    GOOD PRODUCT. PROMPT DELIVERY.

    09/02/2021
  • Raymond Curran

    100%

    This is now my regular bird food that I use as the goldfinches prefer it to the nyger seed.. Also used by the blue tits. There is also very little mess and any dropped seed is eaten by the wood pigeons. Good value and the delivery was within 24 hours.

    03/09/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great - thanks

    02/09/2020
  • Dorothy Robson

    100%

    Excellent quality.

    02/09/2020
  • Christine Hill

    100%

    Quick and easy to order, and the hearts seem good quality, the birds certainly love them

    02/09/2020
  • Drina Ponton

    100%

    Very satisfied with fast response and next day delivery. Than you so much.

    02/09/2020
  • Robert Rockley

    100%

    Good value, good product

    01/09/2020
  • Jeff Benson

    100%

    Great product, quality and the birds love them. Delivery is quick so if you order them one day they'll normally be delivered the following day.

    01/09/2020
  • George West

    80%

    good quality, fair price, arrived on time,

    01/09/2020
  • Christine Mcdonald

    100%

    Vine House Farm products are high quality, competitively priced and promptly delivered.

    01/09/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    always prompt. Excellent.

    01/09/2020
  • Carol Bickerstaffe

    100%

    Very good product and delivery

    31/08/2020
  • Sheila Hills

    100%

    31/08/2020
  • Nigel Perry

    100%

    Very good quality. Don’t last long in my bird feeders!

    31/08/2020
  • Jacqueline Day

    100%

    Very popular with a wide range of birds but my personal visitors include feisty Siskin and nuthatch, some of my favourites. Delivery service also excellent.

    31/08/2020
  • Richard Rogers

    100%

    excellent service and excellent seed quality

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality and delivered very promptly.

    31/08/2020
  • Barry Morss

    100%

    I've bought loads of these over the years and the quality is always good. The 25 Kg bag is pretty good value and my prefered way to buy them. The birds seem to get through them quickly enough so they must be happy.

    31/08/2020
  • Jonathan gillespie

    100%

    Excellent quality and service

    31/08/2020
  • Joan Robertson

    100%

    31/08/2020
  • Michael Holland

    100%

    These are excelent value; were delivered very promptly and are very popular with our garden birds

    31/08/2020
  • Logan Lewis-proudlock

    100%

    Just what the birds ordered and it arrived in record time!

    31/08/2020
  • Anne Addison

    100%

    Well loved by a variety of our garden birds, goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch and of course our pesky but loved sparrows. Good quality and size as usual.

    31/08/2020
  • Glenys Lowe

    100%

    Excellent quality enjoyed by all birds,.

    31/08/2020
  • Tim Newell

    100%

    Yum yum say the birds!

    31/08/2020
  • David Shackley

    100%

    Excellent product,excellent service. The birds are very happy!

    31/08/2020
  • Bill Henderson

    100%

    My birds love them. Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin,Sparrow and of course pigeons!

    31/08/2020
  • John Harris

    80%

    The sunflower hearts have been so popular until recently when 'our' birds have decided to take a rest from them, possibly because we have positioned a hanging basket near the feeder. No doubt, after time, when autumn and winter kickin, the birds, mainly house parrows, will start queueing up as they used to from the nearby buddleia tree.

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Also very popular with the birds.

    31/08/2020
  • Martin Taylor

    100%

    Super quality and no waste. Our wide range of visiting birds just love these.

    31/08/2020
  • Richard Cox

    100%

    Although comparatively expensive the quality justifies the price.

    31/08/2020
  • Nick Charles

    100%

    Arrived speedily, as usual and of excellent quality, as can be testified by the flocks of goldfinch who empty the two bird feeders each day!

    31/08/2020
  • Peter Whiting

    100%

    First class buy

    31/08/2020
  • Janet Gorham-lester

    100%

    Quick delivery and very good quality Sunflower hearts.

    31/08/2020

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.

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.

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) - 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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