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Saving Money on Wild Birdseed

Many people love to bird watch. Putting birdseed out in your yard will attract lots of birds, but if you use a lot of seed it can be quite costly. This is a guide about saving money on birdseed.


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January 26, 2012

I buy birdseed in bulk. I feed my birds, safflower, thistle and sunflower seeds, wild bird seed and peanuts for the squirrels and blue jays. I buy the wild bird seed locally, usually a 40 lb bag comes out the cheapest.

I buy the specialty seeds in bulk online. The bags are usually 40-50 lbs, but the price comes out to approx $1 and change for the birdseed. In stores, you pay over $2 a lb. That's how I figured it anyway. Several of the places that sell it in bulk online will ship free. Sometimes even paying $50 or $60 for shipping, it still comes out cheaper than buying in store.

When it gets here, the bags are wrapped tight or in tear proof bags. I just put the big bags in two metal trash cans with lids. Then I bungee cord the lid to the handles just to make sure the smart squirrels don't get in there.


When I'm filling birdfeeders, I just bring the feeders to the cans, have a seat and scoop and fill. I've been doing this for years and it's worked out really well for me.

By Linda from Maryland

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January 27, 20120 found this helpful

What websites do you reccomend? Anne

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6 found this helpful
February 21, 2011

When you have finished roasting your chicken (or other meat, fish, etc.), let the fat cool a little, cover with porridge oats, and sprinkle onto your bird table. The birds love it and it's your very own 'fat balls' for our feathered friends.

By libs mum from London, UK

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March 12, 20170 found this helpful

I imagine it provides energy for them, especially when trying to stay warm, I make my own suet and it is mostly lard and peanuter butter.

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January 29, 2012

I buy chicken scratch from the local feed store and it is quite a bit cheaper than birdseed.

By Sherry R. from Kingsland, TX

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February 20, 20121 found this helpful

Absolutely, Sherry! The only way to feed so many! I miss it; had to move from acreage where we fed so many many, and the local feed stores were a way much better buy than anything else. Maybe - just maybe - some day I can get back there again. Don't dare count on it though...only time will tell! (say hi to your birds for me!) from Tehachapi, California

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Budget Friendly Bird Feeding Tips, plant sunflowers for the birds.

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Watching birds arrive daily to enjoy the food and water we provide for them is an enjoyable hobby. However, buying bird seed can be expensive. I have found the following tips helpful in reducing the cost of feeding the birds.


Make your own bird seed by saving the pulp and seeds from squash and other vegetables and spread it thinly on a plate or tray.

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Whenever you purchase wild birdseed, always place it in the freezer for 48 hours before opening bag. This will kill any insects present such as confused flour beetles.

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May 12, 20120 found this helpful

I want to know if hen scratch feed is good for my birds. I have doves, sparrows, red birds, and blue jays.


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May 14, 20120 found this helpful

I don't see why it wouldn't be. I mix whole and cracked corn with bird feed and the birds pick out what they like. I have noticed that in the winter, most select the black sunflower seeds first, but now they are going after the cracked corn.

I have finches, cardinals, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, downies, doves, bluejays, and three or four kinds of native sparrows besides English. Starlings meet an untimely end and therefore we have so many native birds, and there does not seem to be as many insects. Birds also like lard - the real stuff - and peanut butter and suet. Some eat the insects that are attracted to the suet.

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