Bill Oddie's Bird Food Recipes
More than half the adult population in the UK are putting out bird food in their gardens for wild birds. Feeding garden birds high-quality bird food helps nature conservation and it's very rewarding for we humans. It's the perfect way to get the kids or grandkids enthusiastic about wildlife. "When it comes to what food to choose,' says Bill Oddie 'birds benefit from better quality, just like we do.' And that's why all of Bill's high-quality foods are clean, fresh and safe for birds.
We are always looking for ways to improve our bird food recipes and as specialists we continue to focus on health, welfare and conservation and improving the standard of bird diets in the UK.
Recently we uncovered scientific evidence to support the important role calcium plays in a bird’s diet: It has many functions, including: skeletal development, muscle and nerve contraction, control of other metabolic processes, such as hormone secretion and of course the production of high-quality, well-shelled eggs.
Because calcium is essential in a bird’s diet, we wanted to focus on ways to make it more accessible to wild birds and – importantly, at what levels, as they’ll fluctuate during the year, during the breeding season for example.
A diet that’s insufficient in calcium can mean deficiencies in skeletal development, egg production and other important bodily functions can result. Young birds that are calcium-deficient can grow abnormally, leading to bowing or fractures in bones. Not a pleasant thought.
However, a diet that’s adequate in calcium is likely to lead to:
- Better skeletal development
- Larger broods
- Higher fledgling success
- Eggs with correct shell thickness and less likely to break
- Optimal body condition in adults
- Calcium also helps provide roughage
And that’s why all my bird food recipes are now adequate in calcium.
CalciYummy! Please don’t be fooled by its playful name. We’re ALWAYS serious about nature conservation. It’s 100% natural and it’s good for birds. So next time you’re filling your feeder, think of this: to stop egg shells from being thin - you’re putting CalciYummy in!” – Bill Oddie.