Sprouting Niger Seed

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DerekO
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I have grown a good crop of Niger seeds for my birds. The crop now is full of yellow flowers. I have used a foam fruit box for growing the crop. I put the box of plants into the avairy for the birds. I have red siskins and several other birds. They have no interest in the plants. I thought the birds would eat the flowers full of niger seeds. Has anyone had any experience with feeding niger plants to finches. Maybe this has not been worth the effort.
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Craig52
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They usually don't touch till the seeds go black and flowers die. Australian finches don't really eat black seeds but canary/siskin type finches do.
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DerekO
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Thanks
It looks like I will have to wait a while. The niger is mainly for my siskins and green singers.
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JimBonRussell
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I had the same experience last year with home grown Niger seed. The Green Singers were more interested than the others but I did notice the Cordon Blue was keen for while. I started to mix a bit more Niger seed with my usual finch seed from AWS once a week for a more "oily" seed. No fatalities!
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