> > But on the other hand, safflower isn't nearly as tasty, so they don't
> > much of it. On yet another hand, safflower mixes generally cost
> > significantly more even though sunflower is the more expensive seed.
> They sure do, I guess the marketing thought is, "Well if they don't want
> "evil" sunflower seeds, they'll pay a little more to get a mix without
> them." Works too, evidently.
??? I guess it depends on what mix you are buying. My favorite seed mixes
are made locally by a guy (Jeff of CChirps). He doesn't ship seed or
anything (too bad, these are great mixes). But he does sell to a couple of
local stores. His 'Lite' mixes are the normal mix without sunflower seeds.
He uses really great ingredients like in-shell pine nuts, shelled almonds,
shelled macadamia nuts, pistachios, chunks of millet spray, dehydrated
vegetables that were dehydrated less then six months ago (or whatever, the
birds actually eat them, and given that all his other ingredients are fresh
I assume the veggies are too). Sometimes even seasonal stuff like dried
blueberries. Most of the ingredients are human-grade, except maybe the
safflower seeds. And his mixes aren't heavy in cheap filler seeds (there's
some safflower, but they aren't the main ingredient!). Plus his prices
compete well with the pre-bagged mixes like Kaytee. All in all I like them,
and the birds do too!
> None of my flock will eat safflower seeds. Then again, they all leave
> of their sunflower seeds (the unsprouted ones at least) untouched in their
> dishes as well.
> Don't know where you are, where I place my orders
> (http://www.hermanbros-seed.com/pg3.htm), sunflower seed is about 2/3 the
> price of safflower. Must vary by location or something.
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