When Nature's Feast contacted me regarding their new branding, packaging and seed mixes, I was interested to see what had been updated. I already use a lot of their foods and their feeders so was keen to see what had changed.
One of the first thing that caught my eye was the attractive new banner and graphics, which make the packaging look really attractive and eye catching. To make it clear to the consumer, these seed mixes are now named with the number of seeds types present in the mix, as well as lots of other information on both the front and back of the packet.
Everyday Mix - 4 Seed Blend
Supreme Mix - 8 Seed Blend
No Mess Mix - 12 Seed Blend
When I buy a seed mix, I like to know exactly what is inside the package and some mixes do not actually state what it is made up of. The packaging on the Nature's Feast packets is excellent and it clearly explains what seeds are present in the mix, how to feed the food, an energy level indicator as well what species it may attract. There are also great photos of different species to help those who may be less sure of the species visiting the feeders.
Wheat, Red Dari, Black Sunflower, Millet
Wheat, Chopped Maize, Black Sunflower, Red Dari, White Dari, Naked Oats, Yellow Millet, Red Millet
Red Dari, Naked Oats, White Dari, Chopped Sunflower Hearts, Red Millet, Yellow Millet, Canary Seed, Chopped peanuts, Pinhead Oatmeal, Nyjer Seed, Hempseed, Suet Pellets
This is Nature's Feast's entry level seed mix; a basic seed mix which was enjoyed by the wood pigeon and collared doves in my garden due to its wheat content. I tend to only use a seed like this on my open hedge-top feeders where I encourage the pigeons to keep them away from other feeders with more expensive seed in.
By adding a generous amount of black sunflower seeds , Dari and the Millet, the tit family enjoyed this seed more, although they did throw out wheat all over the place to get at the seeds they wanted! This left quite a lot of wheat and naked oats on the ground for the wood pigeons and doves.
This seed mix was by far the most popular..... of course it was! It contains a good selection to attract a wide range of species and its huskless content means there is little mess. I did use a tray though as the great tits, in particular, like to root around for the suet pellets and tend to spread it all over the place! I had greenfinch, goldfinch, chaffinch, the tit family and the nuthatch choosing this mix over the other two.
The packaging also comes with a re-sealing sticker, useful if you are storing the seed in the packet or decanting the seed into another container and have some left over. The packages were quite easily torn though, so be careful when opening them.
These seed mixes come in a variety of sizes: 1.75kg , 5kg , 12.75kg , 18kg and should be available in most good pet shops and some Garden Centres. Whether you are just starting out in the world of bird feeding or an experienced feeder, there is something for you in these new mixes.... well, something for your feathered friends actually!