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Bird Food Thistle Seed

Preferred Bird Food


Almost as overwhelming as the choice of which feeder to buy, is the choice of what food to serve in your feeder. Different species of birds are attracted to different seed types.


The information below can help you make sense of the bags and boxes of bird food on the store shelves.





Nyjer & Thistle


Nyjer and Thistle seed are tiny seeds that are the universal feed of choice for house finches and the colorful goldfinches.


Bird Food Nyjer and Thistle - Goldfinch

You will need to purchase a special nyjer/thistle feeder to dispense this seed, since these bird feeder types have seed openings that are the perfect size for the tiny seeds. There are several tube bird feeders that have ports that can be changed from mixed seed to nyjer or thistle seed ports.


There are some nyjer and thistle seed bird feeders that have "upside Upside down finch feederdown" ports. This is particularly advantageous to feeding finches since they are one of the few birds that has the ability to feed upside down. Upside down feeders allow the finch to alight on the port's perch then turn upside down and eat the nyjer or thistle seed from the port hole below the perch.


Nyjer seed loses its freshness after six months, so purchase often and in small amounts.  Be sure to clean your nyjer or thistle feeder once every two weeks.




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