Date: 1/13/20 8:35 am
From: Jeannie Elias <moosewoman...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
I want to send a public giant thank you to Maeve Kim for posting some extremely useful information on feeding Niger or Thistle seed. If you missed it, Maeve explained that Niger is heat treated to prevent the seed from growing thistle in yards and gardens, but if treated with too much heat, the seed becomes unappealing to the birds. Maeve suggested that one company, Lyric, sold seed that remained palatable to the birds. (I believe the implication was the overheating also deprived the seed of nutritional value, and that the birds knew that...) I had full Niger seed feeders that flocks of American Goldfinches had been ignoring all season. I switched brands and got some Lyric brand Niger seed and now my Goldfinches are happily chowing down. Thank you Maeve.
Jeannie Elias
Mad Birders
Fayston, VT
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