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Do finches eat the entire nijer seed or just the shell?

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Bird Guy

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Jan 17, 2010, 12:39:37 PM1/17/10
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When finches eat nijer seed, do they (or, are they supposed to) eat the
entire seed, or do they somehow crack the seed open and discard the
outer shell?

Chas Hurst

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Jan 17, 2010, 4:20:50 PM1/17/10
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"Bird Guy" <Bi...@Guy.com> wrote in message news:4B534B58...@Guy.com...

> When finches eat nijer seed, do they (or, are they supposed to) eat the
> entire seed, or do they somehow crack the seed open and discard the
> outer shell?

Finches are well equiped to crack open seeds. It's not a case of somehow.


Bird Guy

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Jan 17, 2010, 10:46:40 PM1/17/10
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Chas Hurst wrote:

> > When finches eat nijer seed, do they (or, are they supposed to)
> > eat the entire seed, or do they somehow crack the seed open and
> > discard the outer shell?
>
> Finches are well equiped to crack open seeds. It's not a case of
> somehow.

I didn't ask IF finches can crack open seeds.

I asked if they normally eat nijer seeds whole, or do they split them
open and discard the shell.

Chas Hurst

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Jan 17, 2010, 11:43:58 PM1/17/10
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"Bird Guy" <Bi...@Guy.com> wrote in message news:4B53D9A0...@Guy.com...

Then you're oblivious to implication.


Bird Guy

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Jan 18, 2010, 10:07:19 AM1/18/10
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Chas Hurst wrote:

> > I didn't ask IF finches can crack open seeds.
> >
> > I asked if they normally eat nijer seeds whole, or do they split
> > them open and discard the shell.
>
> Then you're oblivious to implication.

You're going to great lengths to give the impression that you're
answering the question while not overextending yourself by giving a
possibily incorrect (but specific) answer.

Tony Mortadella

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Jan 24, 2010, 9:38:33 AM1/24/10
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Bird Guy wrote in <4B534B58...@Guy.com> :

>When finches eat nijer seed, do they (or, are they supposed to) eat the
>entire seed, or do they somehow crack the seed open and discard the
>outer shell?

I can't rule-out the possibility that they sometimes eat the whole seed
but judging by the litter under my finch feeders, they normally discard
the shell.

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Tony Mortadella

Bird Guy

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Jan 24, 2010, 1:37:18 PM1/24/10
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Tony Mortadella wrote:

> > When finches eat nijer seed, do they (or, are they supposed to)
> > eat the entire seed, or do they somehow crack the seed open and
> > discard the outer shell?
>
> I can't rule-out the possibility that they sometimes eat the whole
> seed but judging by the litter under my finch feeders, they normally
> discard the shell.

That's basically the reason why I was asking.

I'm wondering if the finches are just incredibly messy eaters, or are
these really the shells from the nijer seeds...

Tony Mortadella

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Jan 29, 2010, 11:16:17 AM1/29/10
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Bird Guy wrote in <4B5C935E...@Guy.com> :

>I'm wondering if the finches are just incredibly messy eaters, or are
>these really the shells from the nijer seeds...

I see Juncos and Doves feeding from the ground under the feeder so the
finches apparently are dropping some. I suppose it's inevitable with
such tiny seeds. I've also seen sock-type feeders where the mesh is a
little too open and the seed falls out as the sock is jostled.

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Tony Mortadella

Bird Guy

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Jan 30, 2010, 10:05:21 AM1/30/10
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cleondann wrote:

> I use some of the best pest bird control techniques to keep away
> bugs and birds harming my lawns.

So you want a medal or somethin?

What's that got to do with the feeding habbits of finches?

Hootowl98

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Dec 25, 2021, 1:45:04 PM12/25/21
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As small as it is, a niger seed does have a shell. If you think birds aren't eating the seed because you see some on the ground, examine it more closely: you may be seeing mostly the thin niger hulls.

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Judith Latham

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Jan 1, 2022, 1:08:25 PM1/1/22
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On 12/25/2021 1:45 PM, Hootowl98 wrote:
> As small as it is, a niger seed does have a shell. If you think birds
> aren't eating the seed because you see some on the ground, examine it
> more closely: you may be seeing mostly the thin niger hulls.
>

Facinating

Thomas Joseph

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Feb 20, 2022, 6:04:10 PM2/20/22
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Judith Latham wrote:

> Fascinating

Oh come on Judith, please. What a cheap way of pretending to be interested in something without revealing the truth: "Fascinating." I see the bobbing head in response to everything along with only one word, the same word every time: "Fascinating." Very much like a doctor's "Hmmmm". What a cheap copout Judith, a one word response, like a guy who never offers an opinion, gets by everywhere he goes muttering "Dig" to whatever he hears - or "I know what you're saying", over and over. At least I admit I am not a birdwatcher and am using this group only because the one I normally post into has gone belly up. But I am not a total ingrate. I checked the board and noticed the bulk of the posts did not relate to bird watching, and the ones that do go back a month or more. I find this fascinating to tell you the truth.

Judith Latham

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Feb 23, 2022, 4:19:19 PM2/23/22
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I didn't give a rat's ass about his post. I only wanted you to see my
name if and when you visited this group. I miss the old days of a few
weeks ago. I'm sending you another e-mail but from my regular address.
When I give out this address, it means I consider you family.

Thomas Joseph

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Feb 25, 2022, 5:37:40 AM2/25/22
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Judith Latham wrote:

> I didn't give a rat's ass about his post. I only wanted you to see my
> name if and when you visited this group. I miss the old days of a few
> weeks ago. I'm sending you another e-mail but from my regular address.
> When I give out this address, it means I consider you family.


Family? Uh oh, not sure I go for that. Yes, I see what you mean, you just used the post to get to me. You could have posted an original too, I think. I did not sign up and won't unless I have to. I'm in but I don't sign up unless they say I must.
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