The Q&A Archives: Germinating Bird Seed

Question: Can you keep thistle seed used to feed finches from germinating by baking it in your oven?

Answer: The best way to keep it from germinating is to keep it very dry. I have some in a vertical "tube" feeder, and I haven't had problems with the seed germinating in the feeder.

I suppose you could bake it to kill the seeds' embryos, but I'm afraid you might destroy some of the nutrients the birds depend on.

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