A Quick Tip about Birdseed: Roasted bird seed!

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A Quick Tip about Birdseed

By Skiekitty
October 20, 2012

To keep your birdseed from sprouting, put it in the oven for about 10 minutes at about 300 degrees.

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KyWoods
Oct 19, 2012 6:11 PM CST
They eat it just as much as the unroasted ones? How ingenious!
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Joannabanana
Oct 19, 2012 7:06 PM CST
Miss Smarty Pants, THANKYOU!! I have a huge mess to deal with. Apparently, we bought the wrong seed blend, according to the birds and critters. I swear half of the bird seed is on the ground and my container pots under the tree with the feeder have about 1" of bird seed "mulch". I do enjoy the feeder and all the birds it attracts.

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critterologist
Oct 19, 2012 7:21 PM CST
Wish I'd thought of it last winter! I switched feeders and started using a mixed seed... over the patio where I had all my winter sowing containers lined up. You guessed it -- millet seedlings sprouting in every jug!
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Shannon
Oct 19, 2012 7:34 PM CST
We did this for our pigeons in the winter. To help warm them up Smiling We mixed it with oil and powdered vitamins They
all loved it :)

I grew a bunch of Black oil sunflowers from all the ones that fell..Apparently my birds don't go & clean up the ground Rolling on the floor laughing
I will use this Thanks Hurray!
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lovemyhouse
Oct 19, 2012 7:53 PM CST
I don't keep birdfeeders, but this sounds like a great idea. Thumbs up
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Skiekitty
Oct 19, 2012 8:01 PM CST
I learned this the hard way after pulling bird seed weeds for 3 years.. Then when I was breeding canaries one of the fellow breeders asked if I had problems with the seed sprouting in the cage tray. When I affirmed that, that's when he told me to just roast the seeds for a few minutes & that kills the seed germ (the heart of the seed that sprouts). I asked if it changed the nutritional value and he said that it was a negligentable amount. Works like a charm with the cheap bird seed.
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Marilyn
Oct 19, 2012 9:45 PM CST
Is this for mixed seed only or for all seeds? Confused

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ge1836
Oct 20, 2012 4:37 AM CST
I grew sick and tired of cheap birdseed.Its mostly millit and the birds just shove it onto the ground.
The squirrel proof feeder on the deck gets a mix of peanut and sunflower seeds that have been chopped. I also add a Woodpecker mix of nuts and berries. There is no waste or shells to clean up in spring.
The feeder over the woodpile gets cracked corn,squirrels think they are really getting a treat.
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JoAnn
Oct 20, 2012 5:43 AM CST
Oh, thank you so much for this idea!! One of my birdfeeders is right over a part of the veggie garden & I spend a lot of time pulling up the volunteers.
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ge1836
Oct 20, 2012 6:06 AM CST
I had a middle expensive mix one year and it came up plants that looked like young broccoli with a tiny yellow flower.
Its still coming up here and there.
I ended up using Roundup because most was i an area where there were very late emerging plants.
Its taken me 5 years to find a place for the feeder where cleanup isnt much work in spring.

My seed costs a bit more nut It's a bargain when I think of the raking,sweeping and bending.
I love to watch the birds,its better than TV. when confined for the winter.
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crittergarden
Oct 22, 2012 12:09 PM CST
Wow, who woulda thunk it?
THANKS!
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lovemyhouse
Oct 22, 2012 5:19 PM CST
Hi, crittergarden!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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Budgielover
Oct 23, 2012 8:36 AM CST
I raise exotic parrots and they usually leave empty hulls in the cups along with uneaten seeds so rather than clean the chaff off, I empty dishes everyday into a large container and replace it with fresh. I then put the used seed out for the wild birds and they have no problem picking through it for the uneaten seed. At least it doesn't go to waste.
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Skiekitty
Oct 23, 2012 9:49 AM CST
Jan - I used to do the same thing with my canaries & the outside birdies. The mourning doves would scratch through the leftovers with no problems! Budgies never left any leftovers, though... what kinds of parrots do you raise? I miss my birds... Sad
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Budgielover
Oct 23, 2012 6:40 PM CST
I have parrotlets, lineolated parakeets, pallid blue quakers & a couple of male red bellied parrots
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crittergarden
Nov 24, 2012 1:24 PM CST
lovemyhouse said:Hi, crittergarden!


Hi House!
I have just FINALLY gotten my garden all nestled up for Winter.
I wasn't ignoring your kind "Hi" - I was in the yard!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Nov 24, 2012 2:46 PM CST
Good place to be. Thumbs up
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crittergarden
Dec 9, 2012 9:05 AM CST
I agree
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virginiarose
Oct 12, 2013 2:14 PM CST
ge1836 said:I grew sick and tired of cheap birdseed.Its mostly millit and the birds just shove it onto the ground.
The squirrel proof feeder on the deck gets a mix of peanut and sunflower seeds that have been chopped. I also add a Woodpecker mix of nuts and berries. There is no waste or shells to clean up in spring.
The feeder over the woodpile gets cracked corn,squirrels think they are really getting a treat.

Green Grin!
Jo Ann, what kind of feeder do you use for the squirrel?? I have a squirrel proof feeder for birds but I like the idea of giving them their own feeder but it must be something they cannot tear up. Great idea!
Susan

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Skiekitty
Oct 12, 2013 3:28 PM CST
One thing I've seen but haven't tried is a long long Eyehook hung from a bird feeder shepherd's hook. Get dried corn, thread it through the screw part of the eyehook, and then hang the hook from the shepherd's hook.
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