does bird seed contain nuts

As a food allergy mom, you never want your child to miss out — on learning and social growth, on the fun of just being a kid — because of food allergies. Sometimes it takes an extra step or two, but you can find workarounds that keep your child safe and included. A new-to-food-allergies preschool mom shares how working closely with her sons preschool teacher made a craft project a go for her little guy and a win for food allergies (and the birds).

I want to share an experience I had with my son’s preschool, to help those of you who’s kids with food allergies are either in preschool or are headed there in the near future. I’m hoping my experience will help you.

My small son is allergic to peanuts, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, and eggs. His food allergies were discovered at six months, and he is now one of 18 children with food allergies in his preschool class.

His preschool teacher has always been proactive about checking in with me about his allergies. She was thinking of doing a class project using birdseed and asked if it would be ok for my son to touch bird seed.

I am new to the allergy world and it never even occurred to me that bird seed could contain his allergens. Some online research quickly revealed that bird seed often contains allergens like peanuts and seeds (like sunflower seeds.) I found a peanut & tree nut free bird seed brand and offered to supply it for the project.

My son’s teacher was thankful for the ‘donation’. It gave both of us peace of mind that my son could participate safely. I was grateful I would not be forced to keep him home from school that day and that he would be able to learn from a fun, hands-on project with his classmates.

I want to encourage everyone to not feel defeated when situations like this happen. There’s always a way to work things out. Most of the time teachers are willing to work with you to make things possible for your little one.

WHERE TO BUY BIRD SEED WITHOUT PEANUTS IN IT

It’s possible that you’re determined to locate traditional bird seed that is safe. If so, you can select from the options for bird seed listed below.

You can purchase these online bird food options that don’t contain peanuts as an ingredient. However, because peanuts are present in the building and possibly on shared equipment, there is still a chance of cross-contamination.

Advice: Pick bird food that is made solely of seeds to lower the risk of cross-contamination, handle bird seed with garden gloves, and wash your hands after.

4. Cracked Corn for Birds on Amazon

does bird seed contain nuts

Cracked corn is a peanut-free bird food that doves, jays, and blue jays enjoy. It’s also eaten by Cardinals and Woodpeckers. The only ingredient is Cracked Corn.

I would like to inspire everyone to remain optimistic in the face of adversity like this. There’s always a way to work things out. Teachers are typically open to working with you to make accommodations for your child.

My young child has allergies to eggs, walnuts, pecans, cashews, peanuts, and pistachios. He was identified as having food allergies at the age of six months, and he currently shares his preschool class with eighteen other children.

His preschool teacher has always contacted me in a prompt manner to inquire about his allergies. She asked if it would be okay for my son to handle bird seed because she was considering using it for a class project.

My son’s teacher was thankful for the ‘donation’. The knowledge that my son could participate safely provided comfort to both of us. I was happy that he could participate in an enjoyable, interactive project with his classmates and that I wouldn’t have to send him home from school that day.

I am new to the allergy world and it never even occurred to me that bird seed could contain his allergens. Some online research quickly revealed that bird seed often contains allergens like peanuts and seeds (like sunflower seeds.) I found a peanut & tree nut free bird seed brand and offered to supply it for the project.

FAQ

Is bird seed safe for peanut allergy?

that bird seed is highly, highly likely to contain or may contain peanuts and be processed in a facility that also processes peanuts? This makes it unsafe for those with a peanut allergy to feed the birds.

Are people allergic to bird seed?

Some online research quickly revealed that bird seed often contains allergens like peanuts and seeds (like sunflower seeds.)

Can birds have a nut allergy?

Many pet owners, however, do report that birds, particularly parrots, react to certain foods and other substances, such as sulfur, peanuts, wheat, or spirulina. Birds with allergies may sneeze or wheeze. In some cases, the bird may develop a skin rash from an allergen.

What is bird seed made of?

Sunflower, safflower, Nyjer and peanuts range between 20-25% protein and 20-40% fat. That’s why they make up the majority of Wild Bird Habitat’s favorite high quality bird feed mixes. You’ll find “cheap” mixes full of milo, wheat, red millet, and assorted grain products birds don’t care for.