Black Oil Sunflower Seed is a Great Winter Birdseed
Black oil sunflower seeds are a valuable nutritional food source for birds, as they have thin shells that most bird species can easily open, and contain seeds with a high fat content, which is especially helpful to feathered friends struggling to stay warm in the winter. Black oil sunflower seed will attract a wide variety of winter birds to your feeder for your viewing pleasure, including cardinals, nuthatches, and chickadees. Keep your black oil sunflower seed feeders clean to help keep the birds healthy. Does this Spark an idea?
1. Purchase black oil sunflower seed from a garden supply or reputable farm supply store. Purchase a house-shaped bird feeder or other style of hanging feeder with large openings sufficient for sunflower seeds to pass through easily, or obtain a platform, tray-type feeder.
2. Wash your bird feeder in hot water and soap, then rinse with chlorine bleach diluted in hot water. Place black oil sunflower seed in a small metal trash can with tight-fitting lid for storage, to keep mice and other animals from eating the seed.
3. Fill the hanging bird feeder or feeding platform with black oil sunflower seed in late autumn and hang it or mount it at desired location. Select a location close to a window so you can watch the feeding birds, but away from a house or garage door, so as not to routinely startle the birds away from the feeder.
4. Refill the bird feeder or feeding platform daily throughout the winter months. Cease feeding the birds with black oil sunflower seed when spring bugs begin to hatch.
5. Remove black oil sunflower seed feeders in mid-spring. Bring them indoors and wash in hot water and soap, then rinse in diluted chlorine bleach. Store the feeders for the summer. Wash them again before placing them outside the following autumn.