You should initially aim to place your feeder somewhere Goldfinches -- which love niger seeds -- feel safe and have easy access. Goldfinches are not a woodland species, which means you can place your niger seed feeder in a relatively open space. In addition, the height of the feeder isn’t critical, as Goldfinches often feed on or near the ground when feeding naturally. Thankfully, you won’t have to worry about squirrels disrupting your niger seed feeder, as they do not eat niger seed.
Niger Seed Feeders
Niger seed -- also known as nyger seeds -- are a type of small seed, originating from Ethiopia and are a particular favourite with members of the finch family, in particular, Goldfinches and Siskins. Niger bird seed feeders are made especially to hold these tiny seeds in place for birds to eat. We have a range of niger feeders for wild birds, including budget niger seed feeders and Droll Yankee feeders made especially to attract Goldfinches to your garden. Every purchase supports our ongoing work with your local Wildlife Trusts. Order before 3 pm Monday to Friday for free next day delivery.
Where to place a niger bird seed feeder in your garden
Can you put nyjer seed in a regular feeder?
Most seed feeders for birds are not designed to hold straight niger seeds. The size of these seeds causes them to slip from feeding ports or mesh used in regular seed feeders. In comparison, niger feeders are designed to hold these seeds, whilst also attracting Goldfinches -- which is a lover of this seed variety. Many niger seed feeders are designed with a tray to help catch fallen seeds as well as providing a place for finches to perch while they eat.
Which birds feed on niger seeds?
Niger seeds are a firm favourite with members of the finch family. This includes:
Other species will only feed on niger seeds if they are fed from a bird table, feeding tray or from the ground, as they cannot extract niger from the tiny ports of a niger seed feeder. These include: