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Wild bird food- where to buy?

ok Random question but where do I get seed, fat balls etc to put out to feed the birds?
In Belgium was easy in pet stores or supermarkets but not seen anything here.
What am I missing? Or is it only a seasonal thing?
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Old 27.08.2015, 09:54
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ok Random question but where do I get seed, fat balls etc to put out to feed the birds?
In Belgium was easy in pet stores or supermarkets but not seen anything here.
What am I missing? Or is it only a seasonal thing?
It's a seasonal thing. Landi is probably the best and cheapest places to go from October/November onwards.

Out of season, I have bought it from Qualipet a few times but I've had to ask for it as it's been in their stockroom and not on display.
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Re: Wild bird food- where to buy?

Generally one only finds bird seed 'in season' here in Switzerland. The usual stores - Landi, B/H, Hornbach, Fressnapf, Qualipet, as well as some larger grocery stores - will start stocking end of September-ish.


You can order online (or via customer service at the retail store) now from the pet supply stores and Hornbach even though the retail store may not have it on hand at this time of year.

I get my summertime bird seed from Zooplus.de, delivered to my door at a better price. They have a 'Sommermeisenknodel', fat balls specifically for summer feeding, that the birds love.

I feed the birds year round, as many conservancy groups now recommend.

It used to be that one was discouraged from feeding during the summer, but now that a good part of Switzerland is fast becoming a concrete jungle, now that few people plant gardens and even fewer bird-friendly gardens, in much of the country there is little food for wild birds to find. So the general recommendation now if you live in a built up area and feed at all, please feed year round.

Unfortunately the retail stores that sell seed here haven't quite caught up.
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Re: Wild bird food- where to buy?

Thanks Meloncollie I will take a look , do you get charged import duty by using zoo plus.de?
I had thought winter was they important season too but since having a pole with feeders on the birds in Belgium were there every day and it was important when they were fledging their babies.
I think the dry summer has been hard for them too😁
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Thanks Meloncollie I will take a look , do you get charged import duty by using zoo plus.de?
I keep my orders under CHF 50 and so have never yet been hit with dury or associated administrative fees.

Delivery is 9 Euro, a tad pricey but less than the delivery costs of some other pet stores.

I've noticed that most of my Zooplus packages come from the St Gallen warehouse and so are technically a domestic shipment. Some of my colleagues place larger orders without any duties or fees being levied, but I play it safe and stick to my 50 Chuff limit.

Besides, 50 Chuffs gets you about 30kg of bird food - which is about all the poor delivery guy can carry.

Check out both zooplus.ch and zoo plus.de, compare prices and delivery fees before ordering.

ETA:

Yikes - I see that my favorite seed is listed as 'Liefertermin', meaning not currently in stock, delivery date TBA. They still have another brand, though. Perhaps many customers are stocking up on seed, knowing that it won't appear in retail stores for another month or two.
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Re: Wild bird food- where to buy?

Just took a peek at Fressnapf; they finally have Hanfsamen back in stock. They carry the 'Premiere' line of bird seed.

(But IIRC you have dogs, yes? If so, do be careful as some of that brand's mixes contain raisins.)

Fressnapf delivers free for orders over CHF 79.



ETA again:

The Fressnapf.ch site does not always list ingredients, which is frustrating. But their German site does - so if you need more information than what is given on the .ch site, check on fressnapf.de.

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Re: Wild bird food- where to buy?

I get mine from landi all year round. It's kept in the storeroom in summer but if you ask they they get it out for you,
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Re: Wild bird food- where to buy?

I buy huge sacks of sunflower seeds from HyperU in France- still trying to find fat balls that do not countain vast amounts of palm oil- and won't buy until I do.

Coop, Migros, etc, will not start selling food for birds until the really cold weather comes- November time.
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Re: Wild bird food- where to buy?

Thanks Meloncollie- I will take a look .
Was comparing between .de and .ch and the Swiss postage makes it more viable to buy from them rather than .de especially if I buy lots as then post is free.
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Re: Wild bird food- where to buy?

Only about 50% of our birds eat seed, what do you feed the others (Blackbirds, etc)?

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Only about 50% of our birds eat seed, what do you feed the others (Blackbirds, etc)?
My Johannesbeeren and strawberries.


I tried putting out dried meal worms and insect pate one year, which several species seemed to love.

And then it rained. And rained. And rained.

You don't want to know what a feeder filled with rehydrated meal worm looks and smells like...

These past few years I seem to get mostly seed and suet eating birds. Probably because that's what I put out.
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I get mine from landi all year round. It's kept in the storeroom in summer but if you ask they they get it out for you,
We used to be able to get Landi seed all year round - like you, from the secret storeroom in the cellar. The nice gentleman who ran the store knew we fed year round and made sure he kept a few sacks for us.

But our local small Landi closed, we now have to go to the big Landi a few towns away - where they are not so accommodating. I asked only last week, but nope - have to wait for Vogelfuttersaison.
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We used to be able to get Landi seed all year round - like you, from the secret storeroom in the cellar. The nice gentleman who ran the store knew we fed year round and made sure he kept a few sacks for us.

But our local small Landi closed, we now have to go to the big Landi a few towns away - where they are not so accommodating. I asked only last week, but nope - have to wait for Vogelfuttersaison.
That's what they told us at our Landi.
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We used to be able to get Landi seed all year round - like you, from the secret storeroom in the cellar. The nice gentleman who ran the store knew we fed year round and made sure he kept a few sacks for us.

But our local small Landi closed, we now have to go to the big Landi a few towns away - where they are not so accommodating. I asked only last week, but nope - have to wait for Vogelfuttersaison.
Luckily we still have a small one very close to us and whilst the old man in the brown overall who knew everything and everyone retired he was replaced by a younger ( rather dishy) but equally accommodating model so we still get the personalised service.
We live in a heavily agricultural area so I'm hopeful that it will be around for a few more years.
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And then it rained. And rained. And rained.

You don't want to know what a feeder filled with rehydrated meal worm looks and smells like...

Poor you!
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Re: Wild bird food- where to buy?

I put out rolled oats or dinkel as that seems to attract absolutely loads of birds..
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Just took a peek at Fressnapf; they finally have Hanfsamen back in stock. They carry the 'Premiere' line of bird seed.
Be careful.

Police raids home of people who ordered hemp seeds.
http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/schweiz/...story/25956830

(O.k. they where feeding pots and pipes and not potoos and peeps.)
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Re: Wild bird food- where to buy?

I buy 5 kg bags of winter feed from Migros when they have it available and keep it for summer use as I put out bird balls during the winter. If that runs out then I stock up with Migros' Exoten & Sittichfutter to tide me over. It's expensive at 3.60 for a 1kg but all the birds I feed are happy with my offerings. Just get the sparrows and the occasional blue tit/robin on our balcony, but at our other house we also fed thrushes, great and coal tits, blackbirds and finches.
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Re: Wild bird food- where to buy?

In Switzerland, we have the problem of over population of common garden bird varieties is summer months. Do not feed the birds unless the ground is frozen.

During summer months I trap as many as 60 birds per week and remove them from the local Eco system. During the winter I feed the survivors sparingly.

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Re: Wild bird food- where to buy?

Big Mara- I only buy sunflower seeds, as most seed mixes have far too much corn and maize. Very few blackbirds here, but for them and fieldfares, I scatter seed on the grass and they love it. All sorts of tits and finches here, nuthatches, sparrows, depending on season.

As said, I boycott any product with palm oil, can't see the point on feeding birds with products that cause massive deforestation and kills organg-utangs and other wildlife As said, would love to hear about fat mixes and fatballs which do NOT contain palm oil- sadly most do.

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