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marko November 28th, 2019 09:21 AM

Food for wild birds - Is corn bad?
 
Hi everyone!
We have wild birds in our backyard and a feeder!
When it comes to feeding them, bags with corn seem cheaper....For some reason for a few bucks more I've been getting the bag without corn...but now I'm wondering why...so I'm here to ask those with bird experience :goodvibes:

What's the deal with corn and wild birds, is it bad in their mix?

Thx! :highfive:

hazelrunpack November 28th, 2019 12:24 PM

Corn is a cheap grain, which is why mixes that include corn are usually cheaper than those that don't. That being said, corn is perfectly fine to feed to birds, so go ahead and indulge your pocket book! :thumbs up

For less than $15, I can get 50 pounds of cracked corn up at our feed mill. It's lots cheaper than sunflower and the birds love it in winter. It's a great source of carbs for them. I still use the more expensive stuff (like sunflower hearts and mealworms) because they offer a better protein source, but I put out less of those, which is nice for the budget.

The only caution is that corn molds easily if it lies on wet ground, so I stop using it in spring when things begin to thaw.

marko November 29th, 2019 09:49 AM

Thx HRP!
We buy a pretty good blend i think...It has White Millet,Wheat,Milo,Black Sunflower,Canola,Peanut....
Here in canada the bag is 20 bucks for about 35 pounds.
The bag with corn is about 5 bucks cheaper!


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