Niger Seed for Birds

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    Also known as nyjer seed, the niger seed is a wild bird seed for garden birds. Just a small black seed, this nutritious bird food is a popular choice for feeding a range of birds, including members of the finch family.

    Providing niger seed for your birds is a great way to welcome colourful finches into your garden. These tiny seeds are rick in oil and nutrients which is particularly beneficial for birds during the colder months when they need to maintain their body temperature and energy reserves.

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    What are Niger seeds?

    Niger seeds for birds, also known as nyjer or thistle seeds, are small black seeds that come from the African yellow daisy plant. These seeds are highly nutritious and are a popular choice for feeding birds. Finches, like Goldfinches love these seeds.

    Niger seeds are rich in oil, protein, and essential nutrients, making them an excellent food source for birds. They provide birds with essential fats and energy, particularly during colder months when natural food sources may be scarce.

    The benefits of Niger seeds for wild birds

    Niger seeds are tiny, their small size makes them easy for small beaked species to consume for all birds, especially the smaller species. Additionally, because they are small and lightweight, there is typically minimal waste or mess associated with feeding niger seeds to birds.

    The high oil content of niger seeds provides birds with essential fats, which are crucial for maintaining healthy feathers and promoting insulation against cold weather.

    Many bird species are naturally attracted to niger seeds. Their small size and high oil content make them a preferred food choice for these birds, helping to attract them to feeders and providing birdwatchers with opportunities to observe their presence.

    Niger seeds are also known for their long shelf life when stored properly, allowing you to keep bird feeders stocked without worrying about spoilage. This durability makes them a convenient and reliable option for bird feeding throughout the year.

    What birds eat Niger seeds (Nyjer seed)

    Many species of birds, particularly finches, are attracted to and enjoy eating niger seeds. These tiny black seeds, also known as nyjer seed or thistle seeds, are a favourite among goldfinches, siskins, redpolls, and other small and sharp beaks birds.

    The widespread appeal of niger seeds among various bird species makes them a versatile and popular choice for bird feeding enthusiasts seeking to attract a range of feathered visitors to their gardens or outdoor spaces.

    What is the best location for Niger seeds?

    The best location for niger seed feeders is in a quiet and sheltered area that is easily accessible to birds.

    Placing the bird feeder near natural cover, such as trees or shrubs, provides birds with a sense of security, a cool and dry location and a place to retreat if needed.

    It's important to position the bird feeders away from potential predators like cats, and elevated locations can help deter ground-based threats. Ideally, the bird feeder should be placed near bird friendly habitats like gardens or wooded areas, where birds can find additional food sources and nesting sites.

    Setting up multiple bird feeders in different locations around the yard can accommodate more birds and reduce competition for food.

    What time of year should I put Niger seeds in my bird feeder?

    You can put niger seeds in your bird feeder year-round, as birds will appreciate the nutritious food source at any time and Goldfinches will be please for see their favourite foods out.

    However, Niger seeds are especially valuable during the winter months when natural food sources may be scarce. Providing niger seeds can help birds store fat and maintain their energy levels and stay warm during cold weather.

    Migration presents another important time to offer niger seeds to birds. Migrating birds need to refuel along their journey, and the high calorie content of niger seeds can help them replenish their energy reserves for the long flight ahead.

    What kind of bird feeder should I put Niger seed in?

    When selecting a bird feeder for niger seeds, it's essential to choose one specifically designed for dispensing small seeds.

    Look for feeders with narrow feeding ports or mesh designs that prevent seeds from spilling out easily. Tube feeders with small perches are particularly suitable for accommodating finches and other small beaked birds that enjoy niger seeds.

    Additionally, opt for Squirrel proof feeders to deter squirrels from accessing the seeds.

    How should I store Niger seeds?

    To store niger seeds properly, we recommend storing them in a cool, dry place away from moisture, humidity, and direct sunlight.

    You can transfer the seeds to an airtight container, such as a resealable plastic bag or airtight jar, to protect them from pests and prevent them from becoming stale. Ensure that the container is tightly sealed so that the seed remains fresh.

    The best place to buy niger seed

    We offer a range of sizes and price options to cater to different preferences and budgets, making it easy for you to find the perfect fit for your needs. Whether you're looking for a small quantity for occasional feeding or bulk quantities for frequent use, we have got you covered.

    By choosing to purchase niger seeds from the Awesome Wildlife Company, you can trust that you're providing your birds with top quality food that meets their nutritional needs and supports their health and wellbeing.