Posted: 14/01/2013 at 13:21
I buy the CJ wild bird seed, no mess variety. I pay around 18 quid at my local pet store. The only mess makers I find are actually the coal tits. I've watched them constantly spitting out every single thing til they find what they want, a sunflower seed I presume, so have started buying sunflower hearts separately now. The chaffinches and collared doves I get do do a good job of clearing up the spat out bits though. I get a small bag of sunflower hearts for a quid at the local pound store, along with 100g bag of dried mealworms. The mealworms are far cheaper this way, and also fat balls / cakes. A pack of 8 balls for a quid, or 3 fat cakes for 75p. Feeding birds can be expensive so I try to save money where I can, but as Lyn above says, once you start you can't stop, and I also enjoy watching the birds feeding. The other product I get is Nyger seeds. I tend to buy these from Pet-Supermarket.com as it's the best price I could find, and with free delivery too. To hear the gold finches squabbling over the Nyger makes me smile, even if I can't always see them from the other side of the garden. I love to know that they're all getting a good feed. Peanuts I get from the local pet shop too, but they're about 36 quid for a ?12.75 / 20kg bag (I forget the weight). Peanuts are dear, so I try to scrimp on the amount I put out, but with 2 cheeky red squirrels to feed........ I also get a small bag of suet pellets (400g) for a quid from the quid shop, total bargain !