Product Type: Bill Oddie's birds
Newest Review: ... along with pictures. The actual bird food is 100% natural and contains English wheat, yellow millet, black and striped sunflower seeds, ... more
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Bill Oddie's Really Wild Bird Food
Member Name: nykied
Bill Oddie's Really Wild Bird Food
Advantages: Birds like it....
Disadvantages: but they like other feeds a lot more
I recently read a review on this Bill Oddie bird food and, although the review itself was very good and fully deserved the 'VU' rating I gave it, I didn't really agree with it, so I thought I'd give my side of the birdfood story.
Mr. Nykied has become more interested in birds (the feathered variety, I hope!) of late and purchased a bird feeding station, which has hooks for hanging feeders from. These feeders need to be filled with tasty birdfeed, so the last time we were in Morrison's, we had a look down the bird seed aisle. He picked up a bag of Morrison's own brand and then saw a pack of this Bill Oddie version. It was on offer at £2 for a 2kg bag (usually £2.95), which was at least a pound cheaper than the supermarket's own brand. Bargain.
The packet in nice, as it has a list of the birds you can expect to see in your garden, along with pictures. The actual bird food is 100% natural and contains English wheat, yellow millet, black and striped sunflower seeds, milo, panicum, pinhead oatmeal and flaked and cut maize. It also says that it doesn't contain any split peas or coloured dog biscuits, which apparently other bird foods sometimes have in as a filler.
As soon as we arrived home, the other half filled up his bird feeders and hung them up to wait for the birds to arrive. And arrive they did. In their hundreds. Well, in their tens anyway, which kept Mr. Nykied quiet for a while as he watched them eating the food he'd so lovingly placed outside. So far so good.
After a few days, however, old eagle eye Mr. Nykied noticed that there didn't seem to be any bluetits coming to the feeders any more. He monitored this carefully (as all good geeks should) and came to the definite conclusion that the blue tits were staying away. So he thought he'd try filling one of the feeders up with a different feed whilst keeping one filled with Bill Oddie's nuts, to see if the blue tits came back.
They did, but the day after filling the feeders up, it was noticed that one very quickly became empty whilst the other remained almost completely full. Cue the Scientific Geek coming out! Initially, he hypothesized that, because one of the feeders was higher than the other and closer to the hedge, the birds couldn't see it as well. So he filled the empty one (with the other brand of seed in) and swapped them over, so that the untouched (Bill Oddie's bits-filled) one was now lower down and furthest away from the hedge.
But no, that didn't make any difference. The next evening, the Bill Oddie one was still untouched whilst the other one was empty. Mr. Nykied decided that the feeders themselves were making the difference, so he swapped the contents over. Still no difference. Just for good measure, he swapped the feeders (complete with their swapped contents) over again.
But each time, no matter which permeation was tried, the birds ate the feeder with the other brand of feed whilst completely ignoring the Bill Oddie feed. So the natural (and only) conclusion was that the birds didn't mind the feed and would eat it if there was nothing else on offer, but they prefer the other brand we offered them. That was nothing special, by the way, just Wilkinson's own brand.
In conclusion, if you want to give this bird feed a try (not yourself, it specifically tells you on the bag that it's not for human consumption!), then give it a go. £2 from Morrisons at the moment. And if you find that the birds in your garden don't like it either, then it can be stored in a cool dark place for up to 6 months. As for our household, we'll be sticking with the Wilkinson one!
Summary: 3 stars because the birds don't HATE it...