It’s simple – more fat means more wild birds. Weigh up Chunky Dumplings™ against other dry, dusty fat balls that are padded out with penny-pinching fillers like sand and even glue. You won't find any of that nonsense here: just wholesome, natural ingredients that birds relish, including pure beef fat, sunflower seeds, cereal flakes, peanut pieces and mineral-rich oyster shell grit. All in all, wonderful wild bird food!
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Yes, fat balls like Chunky Dumplings™ are a very good source of energy for wild birds. Containing more fat, and therefore more calories, they’re a great option for year-round feeding. Our Chunky Dumpling™ fat balls blend pure beef fat with peanut pieces, sunflower seeds, and mineral-rich oyster shell grit, making them a spectacular source of protein for birds and their young. Fat balls are popular with a wide variety of species, attracting blue tits, coal tits, and even the odd great spotted woodpecker to your feeders.
Chunky Dumpling™ suet balls are made with pure beef fat combined with high-quality, natural ingredients including sunflower seeds, peanut pieces, and mineral rich oyster shell grit. Containing significantly higher fat levels than other leading suet balls, they deliver a nutritious, energy boost for birds helping to replenish their fat reserves.
Fat balls do have a shelf life, however it is likely that the birds will often finish them long before they go stale or are due to expire. Chunky Dumpling™ fat balls have a shelf life of 12 months. Storing them correctly in a cool, dry place, preferably in an air-tight container will also help keep them fresher for longer. Due to their high fat content, it is advisable not to offer suet in excessively hot weather, which may cause fat balls to melt or spoil. Try moving feeders to shadier areas in the garden during the summer months instead, and keep an eye on levels, replacing regularly.
There are lots of great ways to offer suet balls safely to birds, the best way is by using specialised suet feeders. Hang your suet ball feeder in a suitable location in the garden where birds can easily access it with an unobstructed view, helping keep them safe from any predators. Somewhere sheltered from the wind, and out of direct sunlight is preferable. The Premium Suet Feeder and the Bird Lovers™ Suet Ball Feeder are two great suet feeding options, both with sturdy metal cages holding up to 6 fat balls. Designed with hygiene in mind, they can be easily disassembled and washed, keeping your feeders clean and your birds healthy.
Wild birds typically feed their young a diet consisting of insects, such as caterpillars, spiders, worms and beetles. Live mealworms are therefore the best possible nutritious source of protein available, to closely mimic a bird’s natural diet. Not only are live mealworms easily-digestible, but unlike dried mealworms, they also contain moisture which is ideal for adult birds who are feeding their young.
Hedgehogs are susceptible to health issues and weight gain, hence, it is not advisable to feed them suet due to its ultra-high fat and calorie content. Hedgehogs are exceptional foragers, with particular dietary needs and sensitive digestive systems. In the wild, they maintain a balanced diet consisting primarily of a wide range of insects, alongside fallen fruit, bird eggs, and the odd small animal. I Love Hedgehogs™ Meaty Biscuits has been specially formulated to meet hedgehogs’ dietary needs, containing all-natural ingredients packed with protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. An ideal supplement to a hedgehog’s natural diet.
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