Date: 10/28/18 8:45 am
From: Mary Clausen <mkclausen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] 50 lb Black Oil Sunflower $15.99 at Menards
In addition to black oil sunflower what are you feeding?

Mary Clausen
La Vista, Sarpy Co, NE

On Sat, Oct 27, 2018, 11:11 PM <lutherhaige...> [NEBirds] <
<NEBirds...> wrote:

> Although I noticed some husks in one of the bags I recently purchased at
> Menard's, I disagree with your view. Most of bag is seed and in my
> experience Audubon prices are too high to justify the price difference,
> especially if you live on any kind of a budget. At times in the past, I
> would go through a 50 pound bag of black oil sunflower a week. That's $16 a
> week, or $64 a month, compared to Audubon's $26 (or whatever their current
> price is, I can't afford it) a bag or $108 a month. The birds are just as
> happy with sunflower from Menard's. Most of the local feed stores or bird
> stores sell the same brand that Menard's carries but charge at least $6
> more a bag. A little dust never bothered me and one of the general
> complaints I have heard for years about grains produced by USA farmers is
> that there is too much debris or dust in them. They can't be avoided
> completely. The allowable amounts of debris and dust in 50 pound bags of
> black oil sunflower, and other birds seed, is unfortunately part of the
> bird feeding industry. If a person can afford to pay Audubon's high prices
> good for them, but I can't justify spending that kind of money. I also buy
> two other varieties of seed, also sold in 50 pound bags, and during the
> winter months I can easily go through 100 pounds of a mix of those two
> varieties in a two week period. One year I had over 3000 goldfinches and
> pine-siskins. One cold January day about 10 years ago I had 69
> white-throated sparrows at my feeders at the same time. They like my
> homemade mixes, and I can't afford to buy Audubon's overpriced bird feed.

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