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What’s the Difference Between Kinds of Seed Blends for Wild Birds?

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North American birds are our specialty. We’ve studied different regions to know that each location is home to unique birds, and each of those species require unique kinds of seed. Today, we’re going Midwest to learn what those birds love! 

This post will review the difference between our fan-favorite Kaytee Midwest Regional Wild Bird Blend and a similar variety from a competitor—their Midwest Regional Blend.

Seed Our Midwest Blend  Competitor's Midwest Blend
Species Cardinals, Finches, Chickadees, Woodpeckers, Buntings, and more Cardinals, chickadees, finches, blue jays
Ingredients Sunflower hearts & chips, red millet, oil sunflower, Nyger seed, safflower, white millet Black oil and striped sunflower, safflower seeds, and “high-quality grains”

While our competitor’s blend favors sunflower and safflower, our blend adds extra range with red millet, Nyger seed, and white millet, known to be wild bird faves. Our blend is likely to attract a wide variety of species (likely a wider variety than what will be attracted to a competitor’s blend). When crafting our Midwest blend, we took care to fine-tune the perfect mix.

Ingredient 1: Sunflower Hearts & Chips, Oil Sunflower

Sunflower seeds are classic backyard bird favorites. While black oil is the most common, large striped sunflower seeds are great for larger birds. Where our feed goes a step further is in providing hearts and chips, which are much easier for smaller birds to eat. 

Ingredient 2: Red & White Millet

These small seeds work well in our Midwest blend because they attract doves, sparrows, juncos, and buntings.

Ingredient 3: Nyger Seed

If finches had a favorite food, it would be Nyger seeds. They are small, thin, and lightweight, and can be easily blown away. That’s why we paired Nyger with heavier seeds to attract goldfinches, purple finches, redpolls, pine siskins, and quail without losing product to the wind.

Ingredient 4: Safflower

Large and oval shaped, this white-shelled seed is a hard seed for backyard squirrels to crack. Additionally, squirrels will be put off by safflower’s bitter taste. While you’re warding off unwanted critters like squirrels, this seed will be drawing cardinals, nuthatches, jays, woodpeckers, and house finches to your yard en masse. 

The birds deserve better than second-best.

When you’re in a rush, it can be easy to grab the nearest bag of seed without doing a little research. But, as we’ve shown, there are big bird benefits to choosing a seed crafted by our experts specifically for Midwestern birds. 

So, grab a bag of our Midwest Regional Wild Bird Blend at your favorite retailer and snag your binoculars—your wild birds will be returning time and time again for the Kaytee seed blend they love. Need a new feeder? Check out ours! 

Happy birding!


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