Red River Commodities has processed wild bird food and wildlife food products for more than 30 years. Our two wildlife food processing facilities are located in the heart of sunflower seed and grain-growing regions. We contract directly with local growers to provide the freshest possible grains at the best possible prices. We are an origin value added manufacturer, which ensures timeliness with market conditions and decisions. All our wildlife products contain premium-grade quality seed, and we work closely with our customers to create blends, processing steps and packaging to feed their goals.
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Bears (and other wildlife) are readily attracted to back yards because of the presence of bird feeders. Bear nuisance complaint records reveal that at certain times of the year, bird feeders are involved in over 80% of the bear problems around homes. The situation often escalates to other unnatural food sources such as garbage cans, barbeque grills, and compost piles as bears become bolder and more acclimated to people. Such activities are not in the best interest of the bears or the homeowners.
As unbelievable as it may be, an animal as large and powerful as a black bear is readily attracted to bird feeders. Bird seed is an easy source of calories. In many cases, bird seed is the food of choice and will be sought out over other natural foods.
Bird seed, even in small quantities, is high in protein and fat. It takes less effort to obtain calories from a bird feeder than to forage for natural foods. Bears that successfully find bird seed at one home will inevitably approach other homes. If they become accustomed to feeding in yards and around homes and people, they may cause property damage and will likely become chronic nuisances.
Many people feel they can out-smart bears by taking their feeders in at night. This may offer some relief; however, there is usually enough residual seed from daytime feeding to continue to attract bears. Others attempt to place the feeder high and out of reach of the bear. A bear's sense of smell is so keenly developed that the presence of the feeder will continue to attract the bear. This often does not discourage it from spending considerable time near the bird feeder trying to figure out how to reach it. Other residents have attempted to mix cayenne pepper with the bird seed to make it less palatable. In bear country, every bear that finds the feeder will have to knock it down to learn that it contains pepper and is not a good source of food.
The intentional feeding of bears is illegal. Furthermore, it creates potentially serious problems that ultimately lead to the death of the bear. Some homeowners receive much satisfaction from their bird feeding activities and are reluctant to stop feeding. However, if the bird feeding creates bear problems in the area, a written warning may be issued by DEC Officers. Failure to heed the warning will result in a ticket being issued. Homeowners are urged to discontinue bird feeding activities before bear problems develop.
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2. The bag size of the bird food had to be the same. So if I found a 25-pound bag of black oil sunflower from Company A at my local hardware store, then it had to be compared against the same 25-pound bag from Company A online.
But part of my preference for ordering on Amazon was because of my (false) assumption that it was also CHEAPER. This experiment has me re-thinking about where we are going to shop, not only for bird food but many other products.
I am an amateur birder, full time father and husband and disguise myself as an insurance agent by day. For a long time I have enjoyed watching and searching for birds. I created Bird Watching HQ to have a chance to write about my passion, share tips and tools to help others, and blog about my personal life list.
Yes; it is cheaper in the local stores than on Amazon on Long Island, NY. Unfortunately I too have opted for Amazon too many times for birdseed because of time restraints and lack of energy. Thank you for posting what I too was noticing. Your insights above, throughout, were informative, and for that, thank you as well.
Honestly, the prices are getting to be unsustainable. I could easily spend $150/month just feeding birds. Suet, black oil, and Nyjer. I hate the blends. The birds just dig through it. The squirrels are absolute pigs, as are the starlings. Safflower seems to keep most birds happy. Overall, I have found Rural King beats the pants off anyone for price. Often, their price is 25% or more less than anyone for comparable feed. I miss the good old country feed stores ?
Tractor Supply. You can get a 40-50 lb bag of crack corn for like $11. I have a feeder for that only which the sparrows love. Then I put the more expensive blend in another feeder for other bird types. Tractor Supply is good for both.
I am spending the winter in Yuma, Arizona. Because of the pandemic I was bored with hanging out and decided to get into bird watching. After some fun hikes into bird habitat, I decide to get a few feeders. Yes, I started with bird seed from Amazon. Then 2 weeks later, when putting in my online order for groceries I decided to check the bird food section. Yup, about half price for the same stuff I ordered through Amazon. Then I noticed that 2 five pound bags were cheaper than 1 ten pound bag of the same stuff. So now I check what is available every week at the grocery store when putting in my order. Ive been feeding for 2 months now and I am still buying at the grocery store for much better prices. Thanks for sharing your info.
Amazon is not representative of online purchasing of bird seed in particular. They are independent sellers so of course they are going to jack up prices (often ridiculous prices). There are still good e-commerce sites that offer good prices and often about the same prices as locally and with great shipping rates, you just have to do a bit of digging.
I live in the portage lakes area of Ohio and I get my bird seed mixed seed at Ace,good prices and good sales and I also get cute there,you can catch it on sale for .79 cents. Get nyjer at pet supply plus in bulk.
The good news is that with a few simple ingredients, you can create your own food quite easily. And, far less expensively too. Even better, if you can find the ingredients in bulk, you can lower your bird feeding costs even more.
A good bird feed should consist of at least 3 nutritious ingredients. Having a variety not only attracts more birds to your feeder, but also allows for different dietary needs to be met from the assortment of ingredients.
There are of course hundreds of seeds and excellent food sources that are great for feeding to birds. But when it comes to giving them a nutritious feed and stretching your hard-earned dollars, some are far better choices than others.
With a fat content that exceeds 25% and a high content of fiber and protein, black oil sunflower seeds are an excellent choice for your homemade feed. Even better, most birds love them, so waste is never an issue!
Although all types of sunflower seeds are nutritious, it is hard to beat black oil sunflower seeds. They can be fed to birds in or out of the shell, or in combination to feed a few of the smaller birds who find it difficult to get to the nuts that are still in the shell.
When purchasing corn for your feed, always opt for cracked corn vs. whole corn. Whole corn will not attract very many small birds and is much harder for all birds to consume. Cracked corn can usually be found at local feed stores for under $20 for a 50 pound bag.
Millet and milo are both small round seeds that often fall to the ground in feeders. Millet is a wonderful source of protein, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus for birds. As an added benefit, it is also quite rich in oil as well.
Millet on the other hand will attract birds in droves. Birds that feed on the ground (thrashers, doves, cardinals, and sparrows to name a few) love to feed on millet. Take note that there are two types of millet as well, red and white. Although both are good for birds, birds seem to love and prefer white millet by far. Product Link: Backyard Seeds White Millet Bird Seed
When adding peanuts to your homemade bird feed, you can feed them with or without the shells. In fact, many avid feeders of birds love to mix their homemade feed with both types since many birds prefer them with the shells on while other species find it much easier to simply consume the nuts.
Although dried fruit can be expensive, if you can add a little now and then it can really help to bring in the birds! Raisins are a good option and can often be found on the less expensive side of dried fruit, so if you come across a good deal, pick some up and add it to your mix. Your birds will certainly thank you for the treat!
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