Germinating Bird Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Holstein, IA
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Question by putensen
April 7, 2000
Can you keep thistle seed used to feed finches from germinating by baking it in your oven?

Answer from NGA
April 7, 2000
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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