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Avigrain Wild Bird Mix

For the Rebel in your backyard! High in course grains, this mix is great for attracting wild birds to your garden. Includes Wheat, Sorghum, Black Sunflower, Oats, Corn, Safflower, Layer Pellets, Millets.

Avigrain Wild Bird Mix.

Includes: Wheat, Sorghum, Black Sunflower, Oats, Corn, Safflower, Layer Pellets, Millets.  “For the Rebel in your backyard”. High in course grains, this mix is great for attracting wild birds to your garden. Parrot mix or small parrot mix could also be used for this purpose.

NOTE: The 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 kg sizes are re-bagged in a clear plastic bag.

Feeding Wild Birds: Feeding wild birds is an activity enjoyed by many Australians. It is great to have a connection with local wildlife, however feeding wild birds and animals comes with responsibilities as it has an ecological impact.

In highly urbanised parts of Australia and many parts of the Western world, local birds and wildlife may need supplementary feeding by humans to survive. In Australian surburban and rural areas anyone feeding wild birds or animals should understand they are feeding wildlife in order to enjoy the experience rather than to help the birds or animals survive.

So please, enjoy feeding wildlife in your backyard but understand the impacts and risks involved. Read on ...

Dietary Impact: In Australia native animals are more than capable of fending for themselves. Avigrain Wild Bird Mix is designed to be used to attract birds for your enjoyment - not to feed them. It is colourful and has seeds like sunflowers to attract granivorous birds such as parrots but it is not designed to be an important source of nutrition.

Try to have as little impact as possible by:-

  • Never feeding processed foods such as bread, meat or food scraps
  • Feeding naturally occuring products such as grain or fruit.
  • Not feeding large amounts.

For example, putting out heaps of sunflower seeds every day is akin to turning up everyday at a primary school with a smorgasboard of sweets, lollies and softdrinks. The kids will love you but it will be terrible for their health.

Ecological Impact: If you feed animals regularly you can upset the natural ecological balance by promoting one species over another.

  • If food is left out on a regular basis birds or animals may become dependant and removal of that food source can impact the local ecology.
  • Aggressive or territorial bird species may come to dominate the local area.
  • Other species, fed or unfed may have health and behaviour impacts such as impacting on reproduction patterns.
  • Feeding predatory species may increase prevalence of these species in an area and will impact on the prey species.
  • Attracting birds may provide a prey opportunity for domestic cats.
  • Migration patterns can be impacted.

These are examples of ecological impacts of feeding wild animals but each situation is different.

Disease: Birds congregating around feeding sites may lead to transmission of diseases such as salmonellosis, campylobacterosis and psittacosis. Disease may impact on local birdlife and human health. In short, to minimise the potential for disease treat the bird feeding area like your own kitchen.

  • Clean out feeders after use.
  • Wash area regularly.
  • Locate feeding area where it can be cleaned.
  • Dont leave food out - If it gets wet or rodents feed there it is likely to cause health problems.
  • Offer feed in a clean area that is safe from traffic and predation.

Avigrain Wild Bird Mix is made up of coarse grains such as wheat, sorghum, corn and oats as well as sunflower and millets. The mix is formulated to be a low cost mix which will attract birds but it does not provide a complete diet. Under no circumstances should it be fed to caged or aviary birds as it is unsuitable.

Other ways of attracting birds to your your backyard:

  • Plant native trees which provide shelter and food.
  • Present a clean fresh water supply.
  • Get a bell for your cat.

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