Ethiopian Niger Seeds 25kg

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Ethiopian Niger Seeds 25kg

What is Niger Seed?

Niger seed (often called Nyger Seed or Nyjer Seed) is a small black seed from the Guizotia flower, a pretty and dainty yellow bloom that is native to Africa. Combine Niger Seed with other seeds to provide your birds with a more varied diet. It’s perfect for treating the small birds in your area and is particularly loved by goldfinches. You might see Niger Seed referred to as ‘Thistle Seed’, but they’re actually two different seeds. It is thought that this misconception came about because the seeds look similar and goldfinches love both Niger Seed and Thistle Seed!

A little-known fact is that Niger Seeds actually have shells, so if you see what looks like seed on the ground, it’s not your birds throwing them away. It’s actually the shells (husks) of the seeds!

Why Feed Niger Seed?

Birds love Niger seed, it’s a firm favourite amongst many varieties of garden bird.  If you aren’t already feeding it to your garden birds, we recommend giving it a try.

How To Feed Niger Seed

Niger Seed is a fraction of the size of sunflower hearts, but together they provide a great combo mix to ensure some of our favourite feathered friends remain well nourished. Because of its small size, most seed feeders aren’t suitable, as the seed will just fall out of the holes.  We recommend purchasing a pre-filled Niger Seed feeder to start off with so your birds can get used to it.  Or consider purchasing a purpose-built Niger Seed feeder.

What Birds Eat Niger Seed?

Most birds will eat Niger Seed, however, some favour it more than others.  One of the most common birds that love Niger Seed is the Goldfinch, as the structure of the beak is ideally suited for such tiny seeds. However, you’ll also see Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls and other small birds feeding.

How Do I Attract More Birds?

Niger Seed can be a great seed to put out for the smaller birds – especially goldfinches, but you will probably want to put out different seeds alongside it to really see the benefit.  As soon as you introduce sunflower seeds, or black sunflower seeds, you’ll start to see your birds going back and forth between your feeders as they enjoy the different seeds.

Keep The Birds Coming Back

Birds can be quite fussy about Niger Seed and they don’t like it when the seed dries out, or if it’s left out in the feeders for too long.  Generally, you’ll want to replace any uneaten seed that’s more than 4 weeks old.

To see if it’s something that would work well in your garden, we recommend buying a prefilled feeder, to begin with. Or if you want to go all in and buy a bag of seed and a feeder, we recommend only putting out a small amount (roughly a third of your feeder’s capacity depending on its size) so they can get used to it.  You can always store the rest and put it out as the birds get used to it.

Another trick is to make sure you’re giving the birds an opportunity to keep clean. The easiest way to do this is to add a bird bath to your garden, or a bird station with an in-built bird bath.

–  Source https://blog.gardenwildlifedirect.co.uk/

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Ethiopian Niger Seeds 25kg

What is Niger Seed?

Niger seed (often called Nyger Seed or Nyjer Seed) is a small black seed from the Guizotia flower, a pretty and dainty yellow bloom that is native to Africa. Combine Niger Seed with other seeds to provide your birds with a more varied diet. It’s perfect for treating the small birds in your area and is particularly loved by goldfinches. You might see Niger Seed referred to as ‘Thistle Seed’, but they’re actually two different seeds. It is thought that this misconception came about because the seeds look similar and goldfinches love both Niger Seed and Thistle Seed!

A little-known fact is that Niger Seeds actually have shells, so if you see what looks like seed on the ground, it’s not your birds throwing them away. It’s actually the shells (husks) of the seeds!

Why Feed Niger Seed?

Birds love Niger seed, it’s a firm favourite amongst many varieties of garden bird.  If you aren’t already feeding it to your garden birds, we recommend giving it a try.

How To Feed Niger Seed

Niger Seed is a fraction of the size of sunflower hearts, but together they provide a great combo mix to ensure some of our favourite feathered friends remain well nourished. Because of its small size, most seed feeders aren’t suitable, as the seed will just fall out of the holes.  We recommend purchasing a pre-filled Niger Seed feeder to start off with so your birds can get used to it.  Or consider purchasing a purpose-built Niger Seed feeder.

What Birds Eat Niger Seed?

Most birds will eat Niger Seed, however, some favour it more than others.  One of the most common birds that love Niger Seed is the Goldfinch, as the structure of the beak is ideally suited for such tiny seeds. However, you’ll also see Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls and other small birds feeding.

How Do I Attract More Birds?

Niger Seed can be a great seed to put out for the smaller birds – especially goldfinches, but you will probably want to put out different seeds alongside it to really see the benefit.  As soon as you introduce sunflower seeds, or black sunflower seeds, you’ll start to see your birds going back and forth between your feeders as they enjoy the different seeds.

Keep The Birds Coming Back

Birds can be quite fussy about Niger Seed and they don’t like it when the seed dries out, or if it’s left out in the feeders for too long.  Generally, you’ll want to replace any uneaten seed that’s more than 4 weeks old.

To see if it’s something that would work well in your garden, we recommend buying a prefilled feeder, to begin with. Or if you want to go all in and buy a bag of seed and a feeder, we recommend only putting out a small amount (roughly a third of your feeder’s capacity depending on its size) so they can get used to it.  You can always store the rest and put it out as the birds get used to it.

Another trick is to make sure you’re giving the birds an opportunity to keep clean. The easiest way to do this is to add a bird bath to your garden, or a bird station with an in-built bird bath.

–  Source https://blog.gardenwildlifedirect.co.uk/

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