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Each Wild Bird species has its own diet and seed & grain preferences. Please refer to the specific Wild Bird pages found under our Shop section for educational information about these birds.
While some birders are eager to feed the squirrels, others are not. Squirrels are attracted to many of the ingredients that are common in bird seed. Squirrels enjoy peanuts, black oil sunflower and corn, specifically. If you want to feed the birds but not the squirrels, here are some tips to help you: 1) Install a “squirrel proof” feeder – one that has a mechanism to prevent squirrels from accessing the feeder ports 2) Place your feeder in a location where it is hard for squirrels to jump onto it, from the bottom or from the top 3) Wrap a Slinky toy around the pole/shepherd’s hook that your feeder hangs off of – to prevent the squirrel from climbing up the pole, onto the feeder. 3) Use seeds that are less attractive to squirrels – such as nyjer, millet, milo and safflower seed – to deter squirrels. 4) Use exclusively finch feeders – with small ports – that are difficult for squirrels to use, and typically contain seeds that are less attractive to squirrels (such as nyjer seed). 5) Provide a feeding location & feed source exclusively for your squirrels – such as Armstrong Easy Pickens Peanut halves or Peanuts in the Shell or our Armstrong Royal Jubilee Rascal mix. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
- Each Wild Bird species has its own diet and seed & grain preferences. Black Birds, Cowbirds and Starlings enjoy Corn, Millet, Hulled Sunflower Seeds and Black Oil Sunflower seeds. If the presence of these birds is getting too strong in your backyard – temporarily feed seeds such as safflower and nyjer and begin using a tube feeder with smaller ports.
Wild Bird Food should always be stored in a cool, dry place. The best storage option is to store in a garage or shed and also in a container with a lid. This is to prevent unwanted pests from being attracted to your Wild Bird Food. Please also use if available the resealable zipper function of our bird seed blends to keep product fresh – or store seed, suets or treats inside of a sealed container to keep fresh.
Each of our products has either a 2 year or a 1.5 year shelf life – depending on its ingredients, and how it was packaged. Our Wild Bird Seed is sealed air-tight in a barrier packaging – and has a shelf life of 2 years. Our Suet Cakes, as well as our Armstrong Royal Jubilee Granola Stacks also have a shelf life of 2 years. Our Armstrong Granola Treats and Bird Bells have a shelf life of 1.5 years. Please see the expiration date and the production date codes that should be printed on your product. Our production date codes read as follows: First 2 Digits indicates Year of Creation, Next 3 Digits indicates Julian Date of Creation. Letters and numbers that follow relate to our facility.
- Our Bird Food products are sold in a wide variety of retailers across Canada – from Mass, to Grocery, to Hardware, to Pet, to Garden Centre, to Farm & Country. We also have a distribution through Pet retail stores in the USA. We manufacture several different brands that are sold in these retail chains. Please use the Retail Locator on our website under the Shop page to find a store near you. Please give our office a call @ 905-779-2473, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for customer service to help find the best store location for your needs.
The majority of our ingredients are sourced right here in Canada – from local Ontario farmers or from Western Canadian suppliers. Some of our ingredients are sourced from the USA. A minority of our ingredients – such as Nyjer – are sourced internationally due to the nature of where they are grown.