Frequent question: Do Niger seeds germinate?

Niger seed used to be called thistle, but it is not the noxious thistle weed we see growing on roadsides. It typically will not germinate under your feeders since the USDA requires that all niger seed imported to this country be heat-treated to sterilize the seed.

Can you grow Nyjer bird seed?

Nyjer is an annual flower with bright, yellow-orange flower heads that turn into seed pods. You can grow your own by starting the seed indoors or planting seed directly in the ground after all danger of frost is gone. Similar to sunflowers, you can harvest the seed or leave the plants for birds to feed on all winter.

Why are birds not eating nyjer seed?

Seed mixes cater to a varity of birds, nyger seed is for a few specific species. In reply to madpenguin: … If you took away the mixed seed, this is why you have lost your birds. Not many like nyjer seed – mainly siskins and goldfinches eat this.

What birds do niger seeds attract?

Niger seed is a favourite of goldfinches and siskins and can be used to attract these bird species to your garden. Nyjer is a black seed from the African yellow daisy and is a nutritious source of energy for garden birds as it is high in oil.

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Why is nyjer seed so expensive?

It’s one of the more expensive seeds due to the transport costs from tropical regions and because it is heat sterilized to kill weed seeds such as Dodder that is present in many Niger seed harvests.

Do squirrels eat niger seed?

Squirrels love birdseed (as well as nuts, sunflower seeds, fruit, and corn), but they don’t favor everything that birds eat. So stock your bird feeder with such fare as safflower seed, nyjer seed, and white proso millet, which squirrels don’t care for and they’ll likely head elsewhere for their next meal.

Does niger seed go bad?

Niger seed can indeed go bad, especially if it has been exposed to moisture. That said, it also takes birds a bit of time to learn to appreciate niger seed, although the finch species were never slow to pick up the niger in my experience. Maybe just buy a small amount of fresh niger seed and use that in your feeders.

How do you stop a niger seed from growing?

How To Stop Bird Seed From Germinating

  1. Does spilt birdseed grow into weeds?
  2. Seed catchers.
  3. Keep the area clean.
  4. Rely on our ground-feeding friends to clean up.
  5. Stabilise your feeders.
  6. Seed proof the area beneath the feeders.
  7. Rethink your bird feeding routine.
  8. Can birdseed be sterilised?

Does nyjer seed attract rodents?

Rats find Nyjer seeds less appealing. Some rats are attracted to seed husks, which is something that you have to avoid if possible.

Who eats Nyjer seed?

Nyjer is a popular seed with many other finches, sparrows, doves, towhees, quail, and buntings. Even unexpected birds may try a bite of Nyjer when it is offered, and woodpeckers, thrushes, chickadees, and other birds have been spotted snacking at thistle seed feeders.

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Do all birds eat mealworms?

Insects, like mealworms, are a natural part of many birds’ diets. … Some examples of bird species that eat mealworms are: chickadees, cardinals, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and the occasional bluebird or American Robin. Dried mealworms do not spoil. Dried mealworms are less maintenance than live worms.

Can humans eat Nyjer seed?

Other than bird feed, niger seed can be used for human consumption. You won’t be using it in the same way as our feathered friends do though. You will find the oil and the seed in recipes for curries, chutneys and other foods.

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