It is not surprising that bluebirds overwhelmingly prefer this homemade supplement to other commercial products. Developed by Linda Peterson and endorsed by the Minnesota Bluebird Recovery Program, Bluebird Banquet is an ideal supplemental food source year-round, whether for hungry birds in mid-winter or growing young birds in the spring.
Bluebird Banquet was researched and developed following guidelines from the bird curator at the Minnesota Zoo and using results from a study on bluebirds' nutritional needs. The balanced food is a crumbly mixture of such bluebird favorites as peanut butter, sunflower seed chip, dehydrated cherry bits (as in Dried Fruit Tenders) and rendered suet. The nutritional mix of protein 12.7%, carbohydrates 45.9%, fat 32.7% and fiber 5.9% provide a perfect dietary supplement for bluebirds.
Observation and research has proven that the crumbly, fresh texture of the homemade Bluebird Banquet is far preferred by bluebirds over smooth, pellet shaped food. The food also allows for longer observation time without the use of live mealworms, as it takes longer to eat than worms. Bluebirds have actually observed parent birds teaching fledglings to feed from Bluebird Banquet, even when insects are readily available.
Use in your Bluebird Diner, Natures Suet Feeder or any bluebird feeder year-round, and watch bluebirds flock to your backyard! Finches, orioles, woodpeckers and other songbirds also enjoy Bluebird Banquet.
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