It is with great excitement that we announce we are now in the Special Crops and bird feed market!
Supplying customers with high quality products has always been our top priority, and now we include Special Crops to our list of commodities.
One of the biggest challenges that birds face today is habitat loss, which has led many people to begin feeding birds in their own back yards
R-Way provides a wide variety of seed for bird feed such as: Black Oil Sunflowers, Striped Sunflowers, White Millet, Red Millet, Milo, Safflower and Canary seed. We offer straight seed in various bag sizes as desired by our customers.
Below are some of the Special Crops we carry:
Black Oil Sunflowers
Black oil sunflowers is one of the most popular seeds for bird food. Not only do they attract the widest variety of birds but their small shells are thin, which is easy for the birds to break open, as well as having a high oil content.
Striped sunflowers contain a harder shell which can be more difficult for small birds to open. Bluejays, Cardinals, and some Woodpeckers will make use of the striped sunflowers.
White millet is a favorite for ground feeding birds. It’s slightly sweet and high in protein. Although it’s not often sold individually, it seems to have a better fit into a mixture of seeds.
Red millet is similar to white millet. It’s easily digestible, contains Vitamin B, protein and iron. It’s low in fat and high in carbs. It’s recommended that you don’t feed your birds millet alone, it should be part of a mix.
Milo is primarily carbohydrates, and while that starch can be valuable, it’s not as concentrated an energy source as fats and oils. The grain is a good source of iron and fiber and includes trace amounts of calcium. Milo is preferred by western and larger specie birds with hearty appetites.
Safflower is high in protein, fat and fiber. Many squirrels will avoid safflower seed and will not disturb feeders where safflower is offered. It has a bitter flavor and a different shape than other types of birdseed so typically “bully” birds (grackles, blackbirds) will avoid feeders with this seed.
Canary seed is high in protein and the seeds are easy to crack. They only contain 6% fat which makes it a healthy food for pet birds that easily become overweight.
What species of birds will be attracted by these seeds?
The seeds listed above will attract a wide variety of birds. If you are looking to attract a certain species of birds, below are some links for which seed attracts which kind of bird. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for you can find more great information online.