What are the best bird foods for cardinals?
Cardinal can eat many types of foods. It is not difficult task to please and raise a cardinal. Also, cardinals are not picky about seeds. However, it is important to know what food is the good source of nutritional value, which contains plenty amounts of vitamins and minerals for cardinals.
If it is the first time you looking for the best bird food and you are still wondering which way is better to go, here are my reviews of the top 5 high quality cardinal food that you can consider.
#1 Wagner’s 76027 Black Oil Sunflower Seed Wild Bird Food
This food from Wagner is made from 100% real black oil sunflower seed, which provide enough energy content for cardinal during the day. This is not only cardinal food but also can be used to feed woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadee, finches, etc.
There are a lot of black oil sunflower seed products on the market. Cardinal love the tested of black oil sunflower seeds. These seeds are rich in oil, always available and easy to buy and relatively cheap. Black oil sunflower seed has the thin shell, your cardinal will easier to crack open and ingest it. This food bag is treated to be clean for bird, it also does not cause much of mess. The drawback of this products is that you may find grasses, leaves, twigs inside the bag. This food also does not have the long expiry date.
#2 Wagner’s Cardinal Blend Wild Bird Food
This is another cardinal food from Wagner. It comes in 2 forms are 6-Pound Bag and 5-1/2-Pound Bucket. The unique beak is designed to creak open shells. Their strong and hard beak can open even very hard-shelled seed such as sunflower or safflower.
Due to this, your cardinals will love to eat bird blend seeds from Wagner. The ingredients of this products are sunflower and safflower seeds, which will ensure the range nutrient value for your birds. This is the premium quality as it contains high nutritional content. Although Safflower seeds are not as popular for feeding birds as sunflower seeds, it includes a plenty content of fat, protein, and fiber.
Due to these, this product could make the complete daily diet for cardinal. However, some cardinals are just do not like to eat safflower seeds. This food is also relatively expensive.
#3 Audubon Park Cardinal Blend Wild Bird Food
Next one is pre-mixed product from Audubon Park. The ingredients of this food are 60% black oil sunflower seeds and 40% safflower seeds, and 100% premium natural seeds for cardinals. This is recommended as one of the best cardinal bird food. Your bird will be happy and healthy being feed with this high quality food.
Like the previous options, this one is also the combination of sunflower and safflower seeds. They provide almost nutrients that cardinal need to be healthy and full of energy. It is also less waste and clean use. However, in compare with other alternative options, this product is relatively high price. You may find twigs and leaves inside the bag.
#4 Wild Delight Deck, Porch N’ Patio No Waste Bird Food
The ingredients of this food include Sunflower Kernels, Peanuts, Pistachios, Hulled Pumpkin Seed, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, etc. What makes this food different with other products for cardinals is that it includes corn, milo, and millet. Some people consider it as the filler and do not like it.
All the ingredients are edible, it creates less mess and less waste than other foods with twigs and leaves. It provides your bird with plenty of nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D-3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin C. It profile is 40% crude fat, 18% crude protein, 12% moisture, and 7% crude fiber. It is free of chemical preservatives. Although it is quite high in fat content, it also the good food for cardinals.
#5 Wild Delight 20-pound Nut N-Berry Birdfood
This product offers you from small bag of 5 pound to large bag of 20 pound. This is the balanced diet for cardinal with the combination of nuts for protein and berries for a good taste. Its ingredients include Sunflower Kernels, Peanuts, Sunflower Seed, Safflower Seed, Pistachios, Hulled Pumpkin Seed, Dried Raisins, Dried Cranberries, etc.
Besides, the food enrich with essential vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and amino acids such as A, B12, C, D3, and E. There is no any chemical preservatives are added in this products. It also does not contains no corn, millet or other fillers.