Sunflower seeds, the fruit of the sunflower plant, attracts the widest variety of birds. Black Oil Sunflower and Striped Sunflower are the two different varieties.
Most seed eating birds are attracted to black oil sunflower seeds. The black in the name describes the all black hull. The oil in the name refers to the higher oil content per gram in this smaller sunflower seed. Striped sunflower is larger and has a tougher striped shell.
Sunflower seeds can also come hulled, which means the shell has been removed. They are often called sunflower chips or sun chips. Birds prefer the seed shelled because every minute at the feeder is a minute a predator can attack. Hulled sunflower seeds will attract the same birds (finches, cardinals, chickadees, jays and more) but there is no mess left below the feeder.
Sunflower seeds in or out of the shell are considered the number one choice to feed and attract the greatest variety of birds. Sunflower chips are the first ingredient in our unique No Mess bird blend. It features seeds that have had their shells removed so only the meat of the seed is left. No hulls on the seeds means no hulls on the ground and the seed won’t sprout either.
At Old Bobs we will help you choose the right seed – and the right feeder – for the birds you are trying to attract.