The Best Proven Bird Seed at Home Depot (And 3 To Avoid)

I found myself at Home Depot recently and decided to check out the bird feeding aisle. I looked through all the seeds and took pictures of my favorites, along with a few bags I would avoid to put together a buying guide.

Here are my top picks (in no particular order) for the best bird seed to pick up at the Home Depot.

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Best Home Depot Bird Seed: Wagner’s Black Oil Sunflower Seed ($30 – $35 price range)

Wagner's Black Oil Sunflower Seed - Home Depot

Sunflower seed is my favorite bird feed. It draws the widest variety of birds and tends to be one of the cheaper bird seeds available. This 40 pound bag was around $33 when I was in the store. It’s a great deal and I usually have a bag on hand. It will practically last you forever.

Great to Attract These Birds:

  • Cardinals
  • Chickadees
  • Finches
  • Grosbeaks
  • Nuthatches
  • Red-Bellied Woodpeckers
  • Titmice

Best Home Depot Bird Seed: Pennington Waste Free Nut and Fruit Blend ($15 – $20)

Pennington Waste Free Nut and Fruit Blend - Home Depot

I live in an apartment and try to buy waste free bird feed as often as I can. I picked up a bag of this and my birds ate it up quickly. I love that it has a sunflower kernel base and also white millet, which is great for Mourning Doves and Sparrows in the spring. It also has peanuts and cracked corn. I will buy this one again.

Great to Attract These Birds:

  • Finches
  • Grosbeaks
  • Juncos
  • Mourning Doves
  • Sparrows

Best Home Depot Bird Seed: Pennington Nut & Fruit Blend – 7 Pounds($15 to $18 range)

Pennington Nut and Fruit Blend - Home Depot

I love what I see from this mix: It has black-oil sunflower seed, sunflower chips, peanuts, safflower raisins, dried cherries and sunflower! With the variety of ingredients, you’re sure to attract a wide-variety of birds. I was also impressed that this blend didn’t have any fillers that raised a red flag. I’d highly recommend this to new and experienced birders to put in a tray or hopper feeder. This is a big winner.

Great to Attract These Birds:

  • Finches
  • Grosbeaks
  • Juncos
  • Mourning Doves
  • Sparrows

Best Home Depot Bird Seed: Pennington Songbird Food($15 to $18 range)

Pennington Songbird Food - Home Depot

This songbird mix is made primarily of sunflower, which I’m a big fan of. It also has safflower, peanuts and dried fruit. Another high-quality bird seed for a great price.

Great to Attract These Birds:

  • Cardinals
  • Chickadees
  • Finches
  • Grosbeaks
  • Sparrows

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Home Depot Bird Seeds to Avoid

I also spotted a handful of bird seeds at Home Depot I wouldn’t recommend. Each of these have a core characteristic in common: They’re chock full of filler ingredients like red milo or oats. These are often the cheapest seeds to buy, but birds will end up tossing a lot of it to the ground…so you’re losing money in the end!

Wild Bird Food

Wild Bird Food

If you’re looking for a dirt cheap option to get started with, this could actually be appealing (this bag was around $9). But this seed has a ton of milo filler, so you’re likely to most attract pesky birds like House Sparrows and Starlings. I’d skip it!

Wagner’s Four Season Wild Bird Food

Wagner's Four Season Wild Bird Food

A Wagner’s blend on the naughty list? Say it ain’t so! This is a cheaper bag, but the black oil sunflower variety is a much better buy for your birds. This has a ton of milo and corn. Skip it.

Pennington Birder’s Blend

Pennington Birder's Blend

Much like the other two brands above it, I don’t like this bag because it has red milo. Waste of money! There are several other much more appealing Pennington blends to choose from.

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