Will doves eat sunflower seeds?
Doves love to eat sunflower seed and wild doves will flock (pun intended) to any feeder that has them. If you’ve got a pet dove, Sunflower seed will keep them happy (and plump) for a long time as they stay healthy, strong, and full of energy.
Just remember, seeds are really densely packed with fat, which is great for birds, but only in moderation. A fat bird is a sad bird (well…). It’s also important to be sure you avoid salted seeds, which will make your bird’s kidneys work overtime to process the salt.
And just like humans, high sodium can lead to other health issues, such as fluid retention, high blood pressure, and even heart disease.
A healthy bird is a happy bird! So be sure to provide them with fresh water and varied food sources like fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds, and sprouted seedlings.
Some of the nutrients in a sunflower seed (1/4 cup):
- Protein: 5.8 grams
- Fiber: 3.9 grams
- Carbs: 7 grams
- Sodium: 1mg
- Fat: A whopping 19 grams
- Total Calories: 207
As you can see, Sunflower seeds are quite potent, full of protein, fat, and will keep your bird happy and relatively healthy (assuming she has a balanced diet).
So, No matter if you are just looking to pack your bird feeders to feed some wild visitors or if you are in the process of adopting a long-term pet (or already have one), sunflower seeds are just found and dandy in moderation.
Here’s the brand my birds really love. I love to give them these as much as they love to eat them. Seeing how excited they get just melts my heart all over again:
- Sourced from Ernst Grain & Livestock, a 7th generation family farm
- Cleaned Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
- High in protein and fat content - a nutrient dense grain
- Feed a large variety of wild birds - Cardinals, Chickadees, Finches, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers and more
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And don’t forget the other seeds doves love to eat, Such as:
Also, If you are trying to attract these lovely birds to your feeders, keep in mind they are ground feeders. So place a stable bowl or plate or tray near to ground level so they can easily hop and peck at their favorite seeds. Just watch out for squirrels. They happen to enjoy the occasional nut as well.
And as always, Remember to provide water for your feathered friends with a shallow BOWL that is not heavy enough to tip over when the bird drinks from it!