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Our niger seed for birds is a favourite, with a number of wild birds being particularly drawn to it. Niger seed (also known as thistle seed or nyjer seed) is a tiny oil rich seed that has special oil releasing properties and is the favoured seed of the Goldfinch. Niger seed will also attract Siskins and Redpolls.

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Niger seed (nyjer seed or thistle seed) is known to be a favourite of finches, due to the shape and structure their beaks, which are suitable for a smaller type of bird seed.
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FAQ Title 1

What are Niger seeds?

FAQ Content 1

Niger seed (also known as thistle seed or nyjer seed) is a tiny oil-rich seed from the sunflower family. 

FAQ Title 2

Where does Niger seed come from? 

FAQ Content 2

Niger seed comes from a plant called the Ramtil which is native to the highlands of Ethiopia. The Ramtil plant is actually a relative of the sunflower, though, and quite wrongly, niger is often referred to as thistle seed. Niger seed is still grown in Ethiopia for export, but much of the seed imported into the UK now comes from India.

FAQ Title 3

Which birds eat Niger seed?

FAQ Content 3

Goldfinch is the main species of garden bird which will be attracted by niger seed, though depending on where you are in the UK and the time of year, Siskins and Redpolls will also come onto niger seed feeders to eat the tiny seed.

FAQ Title 4

What are the best ways to feed Niger seed to birds?

FAQ Content 4

By far the best way is from a special Niger seed feeder, as the design of the feeder includes very small ports which ensure the seed doesn’t flow out, and at the same time allows the relatively thin bill of the Goldfinch and Siskin to easily remove the seed. Niger can also be fed from a bird table or straight on the ground, though in all cases it’s very important to clear up the husks of the seed once the birds have removed the heart, as a build-up of husks will become infected with bacteria which can be dangerous to the health of the birds.

All prices in our catalogue and on our website include delivery; there are no hidden extra costs. Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched on that day using a next working day delivery service. Therefore an order placed on Tuesday morning should be delivered on Wednesday and an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.

We don't deliver on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. We offer a no sigature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags.

Live food orders and orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

If you have not received your order within 7 working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK and Northern Ireland with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied.
Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

  • Jack Startin

    100%

    Excellent product. Speedy no fuss delivery.

    16/08/2021
  • Peter Lord

    100%

    Good product and efficiently delivered

    06/08/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Not actually tried it myself but the Goldfinch can’t get enough of it!

    05/08/2021
  • Brian Duckworth

    100%

    We now have many more goldfinches.Very good quality seeds

    03/08/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    We have been buying from this company for some time good product and reliable service I’m always recommending to other people

    02/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality seed and the Goldfinches are loving it.

    28/06/2021
  • Wendy Burnett

    100%

    I usually put the Niger Seed on my allotment and is very well received by the users.

    25/06/2021
  • Rick Keen

    100%

    Great stuff We now get loads of different finches in our garden

    07/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Loved by the Goldfinches , and importantly very easily cleaned .

    20/05/2021
  • Lorna Lomas

    100%

    The finches love it. Very good quality clean seed.

    19/05/2021
  • Linda Goddard

    100%

    Quick delivery. Good quality seed. Attracting Redpolls now!

    18/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    This seems fine.I am not sure how to rate Niger seed really!

    15/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Brilliant company, UK grown, free delivery. Top quality bird feed. I’ve used em for years.

    13/05/2021
  • Lynda Crowley

    100%

    Good quality seeds supplied promptly.

    21/04/2021
  • David Wragg

    100%

    Excellent product excellent service

    20/04/2021
  • Philip Walker

    100%

    Good seed, excellent service as usual

    20/04/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    I bought these seeds to attract our local goldfinches. They visit the teasel in our garden but struggle this time of year. Also with the fast sinking father in law in a care home this coronavirus time they can help. He spends days looking out of the window and he will be fascinated to see these feathered marvels when they appear when l place a feeder outside that window. The Niger seeds also attract green finches and l hope to see one or two bull finches.

    27/03/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Great product, Goldfinches and Siskins love the seed. Easy to order, quick delivery and love that this company donates to the Wildlife Trust.

    26/03/2021
  • Kenneth Boardman

    100%

    Entirely satisfactory

    15/03/2021
  • Sarah Jenkinson

    100%

    11/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    A Very good product although we appear to have a problem with it being bypassed in favour of our other feeders. No doubt time will tell.

    08/03/2021
  • Susan Madron

    100%

    I got the niger seed following a viewing of goldfinches on the bird feeders, to encourage them to stay. I had heard it was their favourite seed. However, my goldfinches are very happy with dehusked sunflower bits and have yet to sample the niger seed in large quantities. They don't know what they are missing.

    06/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality seeds, no waste

    24/02/2021
  • Mr ken Ward

    80%

    Goldfinches love it - though they throw a lot away. I use a recycled plastic dish suspended beneath the feeder to catch the waste.

    22/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Received within 28 hours of ordering,Well packaged. Bull finches particularly are enjoying the feast

    19/02/2021
  • Janet Walker

    100%

    The birds can’t get enough of them. They arrived on time and were well packed. Would highly recommend to those wishing to see finches on their feeders

    15/02/2021
  • Margaret Beattie

    100%

    Excellent , the birds love it , all your products are of the highest quality , delivery is excellent also .

    10/02/2021
  • Sean Wakeman

    100%

    Good quality feed, delivered quickly.

    31/08/2020
  • Linda Clark

    100%

    Top quality as alwayx

    31/08/2020
  • Margaret Beattie

    100%

    They are excellent our birds are working their way through them very quickly .

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The Niger seed was top quality and packed very well I AMA very satisfied customer

    31/08/2020
  • Fran Panrucker

    100%

    Speedy delivery, great product

    08/08/2020
  • Jack Startin

    100%

    Excellent product at reasonable price & very speedy delivery. Great value for money.

    01/08/2020
  • Anna Thomson

    100%

    Bullfinches and Goldfinches loving the Niger seed.Have to refill feeder nearly every day!!!

    30/07/2020
  • Sadie Densham

    100%

    Goldfinches adore this. We have a "charm" of around 20 who spend most of their day time here on the feeders whilst other birds - such as finches, sparrows, starlings, blackbirds, robins and wrens peck around on the ground for seed dislodged by the goldfinches.

    30/07/2020
  • Terry Gauld

    100%

    these have helped attract into the garden Goldfinches and has been a joy to watch mothers feeding young on the washing line

    30/07/2020
  • Keith Dye

    100%

    Excellent quality our Goldfinches love it

    30/07/2020
  • Brian Halsall

    100%

    Well packed seed delivered quickly I will certainly buy again from this supplier.

    30/07/2020
  • Neil Elder

    100%

    Perfect product and size as I don't go through much Nicer.

    30/07/2020
  • Richard Hartigan

    100%

    Good value. Prompt delivery. Excellent service.

    30/07/2020
  • Eileen Stalley

    100%

    a mass of goldfinches at the niger seeds, watching all the birds has been a life saver during lockdown.

    01/07/2020
  • Jennifer Day

    100%

    Goldfinches enjoying it. Have had to hang it out of reach of wood pigeons, which obviously love it too.

    01/07/2020
  • Mary Woolley

    100%

    Excellent quality niger seed, arrived more quickly than expects.

    30/06/2020
  • Coral Cons

    100%

    Well packaged, good value

    29/06/2020
  • Michael Harrison

    100%

    Good quality seed, well packed, delivered promptly.

    29/06/2020
  • Tim Phillips

    100%

    29/06/2020
  • Nigel Brown

    100%

    the most popular food item for goldfinch in our garden

    29/06/2020
  • Carole Hardwick

    100%

    Top quality food, loved by goldfinches and siskins

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality seed. The birds can't get enough. Delivered very promptly.

    29/06/2020
  • Chris Travers

    100%

    EXCELLENT SERVICE AGAIN

    11/06/2020
Niger seed (nyjer seed or thistle seed) is known to be a favourite of finches, due to the shape and structure their beaks, which are suitable for a smaller type of bird seed.

All prices in our catalogue and on our website include delivery; there are no hidden extra costs. Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched on that day using a next working day delivery service. Therefore an order placed on Tuesday morning should be delivered on Wednesday and an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.

We don't deliver on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. We offer a no sigature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags.

Live food orders and orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

If you have not received your order within 7 working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK and Northern Ireland with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied.
Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

  • Jack Startin

    100%

    Excellent product. Speedy no fuss delivery.

    16/08/2021
  • Peter Lord

    100%

    Good product and efficiently delivered

    06/08/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Not actually tried it myself but the Goldfinch can’t get enough of it!

    05/08/2021
  • Brian Duckworth

    100%

    We now have many more goldfinches.Very good quality seeds

    03/08/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    We have been buying from this company for some time good product and reliable service I’m always recommending to other people

    02/07/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality seed and the Goldfinches are loving it.

    28/06/2021
  • Wendy Burnett

    100%

    I usually put the Niger Seed on my allotment and is very well received by the users.

    25/06/2021
  • Rick Keen

    100%

    Great stuff We now get loads of different finches in our garden

    07/06/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Loved by the Goldfinches , and importantly very easily cleaned .

    20/05/2021
  • Lorna Lomas

    100%

    The finches love it. Very good quality clean seed.

    19/05/2021
  • Linda Goddard

    100%

    Quick delivery. Good quality seed. Attracting Redpolls now!

    18/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    This seems fine.I am not sure how to rate Niger seed really!

    15/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Brilliant company, UK grown, free delivery. Top quality bird feed. I’ve used em for years.

    13/05/2021
  • Lynda Crowley

    100%

    Good quality seeds supplied promptly.

    21/04/2021
  • David Wragg

    100%

    Excellent product excellent service

    20/04/2021
  • Philip Walker

    100%

    Good seed, excellent service as usual

    20/04/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    I bought these seeds to attract our local goldfinches. They visit the teasel in our garden but struggle this time of year. Also with the fast sinking father in law in a care home this coronavirus time they can help. He spends days looking out of the window and he will be fascinated to see these feathered marvels when they appear when l place a feeder outside that window. The Niger seeds also attract green finches and l hope to see one or two bull finches.

    27/03/2021
  • Guest

    100%

    Great product, Goldfinches and Siskins love the seed. Easy to order, quick delivery and love that this company donates to the Wildlife Trust.

    26/03/2021
  • Kenneth Boardman

    100%

    Entirely satisfactory

    15/03/2021
  • Sarah Jenkinson

    100%

    11/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    A Very good product although we appear to have a problem with it being bypassed in favour of our other feeders. No doubt time will tell.

    08/03/2021
  • Susan Madron

    100%

    I got the niger seed following a viewing of goldfinches on the bird feeders, to encourage them to stay. I had heard it was their favourite seed. However, my goldfinches are very happy with dehusked sunflower bits and have yet to sample the niger seed in large quantities. They don't know what they are missing.

    06/03/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality seeds, no waste

    24/02/2021
  • Mr ken Ward

    80%

    Goldfinches love it - though they throw a lot away. I use a recycled plastic dish suspended beneath the feeder to catch the waste.

    22/02/2021
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Received within 28 hours of ordering,Well packaged. Bull finches particularly are enjoying the feast

    19/02/2021
  • Janet Walker

    100%

    The birds can’t get enough of them. They arrived on time and were well packed. Would highly recommend to those wishing to see finches on their feeders

    15/02/2021
  • Margaret Beattie

    100%

    Excellent , the birds love it , all your products are of the highest quality , delivery is excellent also .

    10/02/2021
  • Sean Wakeman

    100%

    Good quality feed, delivered quickly.

    31/08/2020
  • Linda Clark

    100%

    Top quality as alwayx

    31/08/2020
  • Margaret Beattie

    100%

    They are excellent our birds are working their way through them very quickly .

    31/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    The Niger seed was top quality and packed very well I AMA very satisfied customer

    31/08/2020
  • Fran Panrucker

    100%

    Speedy delivery, great product

    08/08/2020
  • Jack Startin

    100%

    Excellent product at reasonable price & very speedy delivery. Great value for money.

    01/08/2020
  • Anna Thomson

    100%

    Bullfinches and Goldfinches loving the Niger seed.Have to refill feeder nearly every day!!!

    30/07/2020
  • Sadie Densham

    100%

    Goldfinches adore this. We have a "charm" of around 20 who spend most of their day time here on the feeders whilst other birds - such as finches, sparrows, starlings, blackbirds, robins and wrens peck around on the ground for seed dislodged by the goldfinches.

    30/07/2020
  • Terry Gauld

    100%

    these have helped attract into the garden Goldfinches and has been a joy to watch mothers feeding young on the washing line

    30/07/2020
  • Keith Dye

    100%

    Excellent quality our Goldfinches love it

    30/07/2020
  • Brian Halsall

    100%

    Well packed seed delivered quickly I will certainly buy again from this supplier.

    30/07/2020
  • Neil Elder

    100%

    Perfect product and size as I don't go through much Nicer.

    30/07/2020
  • Richard Hartigan

    100%

    Good value. Prompt delivery. Excellent service.

    30/07/2020
  • Eileen Stalley

    100%

    a mass of goldfinches at the niger seeds, watching all the birds has been a life saver during lockdown.

    01/07/2020
  • Jennifer Day

    100%

    Goldfinches enjoying it. Have had to hang it out of reach of wood pigeons, which obviously love it too.

    01/07/2020
  • Mary Woolley

    100%

    Excellent quality niger seed, arrived more quickly than expects.

    30/06/2020
  • Coral Cons

    100%

    Well packaged, good value

    29/06/2020
  • Michael Harrison

    100%

    Good quality seed, well packed, delivered promptly.

    29/06/2020
  • Tim Phillips

    100%

    29/06/2020
  • Nigel Brown

    100%

    the most popular food item for goldfinch in our garden

    29/06/2020
  • Carole Hardwick

    100%

    Top quality food, loved by goldfinches and siskins

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Good quality seed. The birds can't get enough. Delivered very promptly.

    29/06/2020
  • Chris Travers

    100%

    EXCELLENT SERVICE AGAIN

    11/06/2020

FAQS

What are Niger seeds?

Niger seed (also known as thistle seed or nyjer seed) is a tiny oil-rich seed from the sunflower family. 

Where does Niger seed come from? 

Niger seed comes from a plant called the Ramtil which is native to the highlands of Ethiopia. The Ramtil plant is actually a relative of the sunflower, though, and quite wrongly, niger is often referred to as thistle seed. Niger seed is still grown in Ethiopia for export, but much of the seed imported into the UK now comes from India.

Which birds eat Niger seed?

Goldfinch is the main species of garden bird which will be attracted by niger seed, though depending on where you are in the UK and the time of year, Siskins and Redpolls will also come onto niger seed feeders to eat the tiny seed.

What are the best ways to feed Niger seed to birds?

By far the best way is from a special Niger seed feeder, as the design of the feeder includes very small ports which ensure the seed doesn’t flow out, and at the same time allows the relatively thin bill of the Goldfinch and Siskin to easily remove the seed. Niger can also be fed from a bird table or straight on the ground, though in all cases it’s very important to clear up the husks of the seed once the birds have removed the heart, as a build-up of husks will become infected with bacteria which can be dangerous to the health of the birds.

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