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Thistle: Don't Blame the Bird Seed

By Chillybean
November 2, 2015

Bird watchers put out thistle for Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, and others. The small black seed is packed with the protein and fat the little birds need. When thistle starts sprouting in their yards, some determine to never use this feed again.

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Nov 1, 2015 9:25 PM CST
Very nice article Kim. Thank you for doing the research & telling us about it.
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Nov 2, 2015 9:20 AM CST
Thanks for the informative article.
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Nov 2, 2015 10:02 AM CST
I have never had Niger sprout.......Sunflowers and other seeds do. I do have to sweep up the black husks sometimes.........
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Nov 2, 2015 3:55 PM CST
I have been thinking about my bird strategy for next season - perfect timing and thank you very much!
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Nov 2, 2015 6:13 PM CST
Thank you so much for the comments, thumbs and acorns. Smiling You are all so kind. I was really amazed when I logged in today after being away all day yesterday. I only recently learned this a few months and enjoyed writing about it.

Last year, the Nyjer was practically ignored, so I thought I would not use any this year. But then I thought of the Redpolls, there is always a chance that they will come back. I would not want them to pass me by if I didn't have the sock feeders up. I got a bag last week.

Name: Cindy
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Nov 2, 2015 6:26 PM CST
We go through about 5 lbs a week in the winter. Never had it sprout here. On the contrary, we place the bird feeders (for Nyjer only) where the grass lawn has been doing poorly and, in the spring, the bird droppings and dropped seed have worked wonders.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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