2. The bag size of the bird food had to be the same. So if I found a 25-pound bag of black oil sunflower from Company A at my local hardware store, then it had to be compared against the same 25-pound bag from Company A online.
3. To compare in-store prices against the prices available online, I tried to use Amazon whenever possible. This is because most people think of Amazon first when trying to find the lowest prices available online. I thought it best to compare local prices against the Internets biggest giant! Also, Amazon typically has free shipping, which I love.
Prices constantly change! The prices you see below are what they were the day this article was published. I intend to keep this article updated periodically, but reader and buyer beware! I will include links where applicable to check the current online prices.
But part of my preference for ordering on Amazon was because of my (false) assumption that it was also CHEAPER. This experiment has me re-thinking about where we are going to shop, not only for bird food but many other products.
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Yes; it is cheaper in the local stores than on Amazon on Long Island, NY. Unfortunately I too have opted for Amazon too many times for birdseed because of time restraints and lack of energy. Thank you for posting what I too was noticing. Your insights above, throughout, were informative, and for that, thank you as well.
Honestly, the prices are getting to be unsustainable. I could easily spend $150/month just feeding birds. Suet, black oil, and Nyjer. I hate the blends. The birds just dig through it. The squirrels are absolute pigs, as are the starlings. Safflower seems to keep most birds happy. Overall, I have found Rural King beats the pants off anyone for price. Often, their price is 25% or more less than anyone for comparable feed. I miss the good old country feed stores ?
Tractor Supply. You can get a 40-50 lb bag of crack corn for like $11. I have a feeder for that only which the sparrows love. Then I put the more expensive blend in another feeder for other bird types. Tractor Supply is good for both.
I am spending the winter in Yuma, Arizona. Because of the pandemic I was bored with hanging out and decided to get into bird watching. After some fun hikes into bird habitat, I decide to get a few feeders. Yes, I started with bird seed from Amazon. Then 2 weeks later, when putting in my online order for groceries I decided to check the bird food section. Yup, about half price for the same stuff I ordered through Amazon. Then I noticed that 2 five pound bags were cheaper than 1 ten pound bag of the same stuff. So now I check what is available every week at the grocery store when putting in my order. Ive been feeding for 2 months now and I am still buying at the grocery store for much better prices. Thanks for sharing your info.
Amazon is not representative of online purchasing of bird seed in particular. They are independent sellers so of course they are going to jack up prices (often ridiculous prices). There are still good e-commerce sites that offer good prices and often about the same prices as locally and with great shipping rates, you just have to do a bit of digging.
I go to my local Tractor Supply here in Vermont. We have extremely high prices here in the Northeast and I live an hour from everywhere, but TS is about 50% less than online, so I just purchase 100# at a time so I only buy once a month.We have 4 feeders as well as a raised covered feed area that is 3 feet wide x 10 feet long because we are the only feeders 1 mile radius (because we have no neighbors). I love our blue jay population!! ?
I live in the portage lakes area of Ohio and I get my bird seed mixed seed at Ace,good prices and good sales and I also get cute there,you can catch it on sale for .79 cents. Get nyjer at pet supply plus in bulk.
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Feeding the birds in your garden can be immensely rewarding. But over time, as you attract more and more species to your garden, you find that you have to buy more bird food to keep your feeders stocked and your garden birds well fed. You could find that what started out as a fairly cheap hobby, becomes quite expensive.
Straight bird food contains a single ingredient such as maize, niger seed, or oats, and although it may seem a lot more expensive than bird food mixes, you should find that there is little waste. Low quality blended seed mixes often contain a proportion of filler material such as wheat which few birds will eat. And as many birds have a favourite food, if you fill a feeder with a mix of seeds, they will toss out the ones they prefer not to eat.
You can also buy bird food such as sunflower hearts, which have had the husks, which would usually get discarded, removed. Alternatively, look out for no-grow bird seed, which have been husked, flaked, or kibbled, and heat-treated to stop any dropped seed germinating.
To help prevent unwanted visitors eating your bird food buy specially designed squirrel-proof feeders or fit a squirrel baffle to your exiting feeders. Rats are usually attracted to bird feeders initially by any food that has dropped underneath them, so make sure you sweep up at the end of the day to remove any waste.
Rats can be hard to get rid of, particularly if they know they can have access to an easy food source, so you may need to stop feeding for a few days, until they have moved on. Thoroughly disinfect your bird feeders before rehanging and filling with food. 59ce067264