Nyjer® Thistle Seed

Nyjer® Thistle Seed

The Finches' Favorite -- and So Good for Them!


8 lbs.
Item # 37667
Available to ship.
Was $18.95
SALE $13.27
Give the backyard birds (especially Goldfinches and Greenfinches) what they want: a seed high in oils, protein, fiber, and fat. Do yourself a favor too: choose Nyjer®, a non-sprouting kind that won't have you pulling volunteers all summer long beneath the birdfeeder, and is generally left alone by squirrels! It's a win-win!

Nyjer® is Guizotia abyssinica, an annual herb native to the highlands of Ethiopia. Known variously as Nyjer, Niger, ramtil, or blackseed, it has finally been trademarked as Nyjer® to standardize the name and avoid confusion. This is the true nutritional powerhouse seed that finches not only need, but actively crave. Offer Nyjer® in the feeder and they will be entirely satisfied!

Nyjer® thistle seed consists of 35 percent fat, 18 percent protein, 18 percent fiber, and 12 percent moisture. The high oil content makes it a very nutritious food that can help give your feathered friends the energy they need to make it through the winter.

Njyer® seed falls under the category of "thistle seed" because it is an ideal finch food, just like the seeds of thistles. However, Nyjer® is not actually a thistle at all. It is a non-invasive, self-sterile annual, and so you do not need to worry about it invading your landscape the same way that true thistle seed can. In fact, these seeds are required by law to be heat-treated in order to kill any noxious weed seeds that might have fallen in with the Nyjer®.

Finches aren't the only backyard birds who love Nyjer®. Any small-billed, seed-eating species will flock to it: Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, and (in certain parts of the country) nuthatches, chickadees, doves, or downy woodpeckers!

Because Nyjer® is quite oily, you will want to keep it fresh in the feeder. Stock only what you think will be eaten within a few weeks, then flush out the uneaten portion and refill. This will prevent mold, which can harm the birds.

And the very best part?! Squirrels seem to have little interest in Nyjer®. Oh, you know those scavengers -- they will eat it if nothing else is on offer, but given a choice, they leave the Nyjer® birdfeeder un-raided! What a boon for those of us who see five squirrels for every one desirable songbird!

This bag contains 8 pounds of premium Nyjer® seed, fresh and ready to feed. Be sure to keep the unused portion of the bag sealed so that it will stay moist and fresh. Happy feasting to all your backyard birds!