[CT Birds] bird seed question

Amy Hopkins hopkinsus at cs.com
Fri Aug 7 14:06:46 EDT 2015

Hi Zellene,

You can try putting the niger seed in a feeder and see if the finches eat it, but it sounds really old.  Unlike other seeds, niger doesn't have a long shelf life.  The seeds dry up and the birds won't eat them.  If you've been storing it for six months after using it previously, it most likely is too old.  Oftentimes when feeding niger, you'll see that the birds have lost interest.  That's when you know it's too old.  Probably time to pick up some new seed!

Amy Hopkins
Guilford, CT

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