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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.

  • 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
  • Anonymous

    100%

    As soon as I put out niger seed the gold finches arrive as if by magic.

    29/05/2020
  • Jack Startin

    100%

    Good product. Always promptly sent. The Goldfinches who visit my garden appreciate it very much!

    28/05/2020
  • Angela Jones

    100%

    The birds love it!!

    28/05/2020
  • David Meek

    100%

    The seeds arrived within 24hrs and were well packaged. Good value and excellent sevice The seeds are being enjoyed by a dozen goldfinch on a daily basis

    28/05/2020
  • Katrina Mcmanus

    100%

    Finches feeding well, so must be ok. Delivery on time and well packaged. Thank you.

    28/05/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent delivery of my bird food being able to enjoy feeding the birds during this difficult time has lifted my life lots

    28/05/2020
  • David Wood

    100%

    I have bought Niger Seed and the appropriate feeders from Vine House for a couple of years. Goldfinches were immediately attracted to my garden in South East London occasionally having up to eight at a time. My latest purchase of seed will keep them coming after the nesting season is over. Thank you Vine House for your excellent service.

    28/05/2020
  • Marjorie Hume

    100%

    The flock of goldfinches just love these seeds.. and I have spotted sparrows eating them too!!

    28/05/2020
  • Michael Ferguson

    100%

    Great, thank you

    04/05/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    great not sure how to review bird food - I don't speak gold finch

    28/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very good Niger seed. Delivery excellent. I would recommend Vine House Farm

    28/04/2020
  • Jack Peeters

    80%

    The goldfinches like it

    28/04/2020
  • Roy Jackson

    100%

    A 1st class product, highly recommended.

    28/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Arrived promptly; good quality seed; robust packaging

    28/04/2020
  • Ruth Fox

    100%

    Gold finches were desperate for seed during lockdown. Really easy to order, arrived promptly- will certainly order again. Perfect! Thank you x

    27/04/2020
  • Stanley Hancock

    100%

    The product is all that is claimed, the packaging is good quality, robust and fairly priced. I would repeat my purchase in future. Best wishes

    27/04/2020
  • Agnes Segal

    100%

    The goldfinches just love it

    27/04/2020
  • David Cartwright

    100%

    Great product and great service - Thank you

    27/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Still waiting for goldfinches to be enticed by Niger Seed. Other birds not interested!

    27/04/2020
  • Michael Solomon

    100%

    Birds can't get enough.

    27/04/2020
  • Cynthia Milligan

    100%

    excellent

    27/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality again, the goldfinches love it

    27/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Gold Finches enjoying this

    14/04/2020
  • Marian Young

    100%

    Good, and timely delivery too!

    13/04/2020
  • Anna Sharman

    100%

    It arrived in good time, and the goldfinches love it

    12/04/2020
  • Hazel Green

    100%

    quick delivery no problems

    08/04/2020
  • Geoff Lamy

    100%

    Excellent product that really attracts the goldfinches. I also mix it with Sunflower seeds as an alternative.

    30/03/2020
  • Lalla Hitchings

    100%

    Excellent product and fast delivery.

    23/03/2020
  • Jack Startin

    100%

    Great product - just what my local goldfinches wanted!

    20/03/2020
  • Steve Turner

    80%

    21/02/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great quality and my green finches love it!

    15/02/2020
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.

  • 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
  • Anonymous

    100%

    As soon as I put out niger seed the gold finches arrive as if by magic.

    29/05/2020
  • Jack Startin

    100%

    Good product. Always promptly sent. The Goldfinches who visit my garden appreciate it very much!

    28/05/2020
  • Angela Jones

    100%

    The birds love it!!

    28/05/2020
  • David Meek

    100%

    The seeds arrived within 24hrs and were well packaged. Good value and excellent sevice The seeds are being enjoyed by a dozen goldfinch on a daily basis

    28/05/2020
  • Katrina Mcmanus

    100%

    Finches feeding well, so must be ok. Delivery on time and well packaged. Thank you.

    28/05/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent delivery of my bird food being able to enjoy feeding the birds during this difficult time has lifted my life lots

    28/05/2020
  • David Wood

    100%

    I have bought Niger Seed and the appropriate feeders from Vine House for a couple of years. Goldfinches were immediately attracted to my garden in South East London occasionally having up to eight at a time. My latest purchase of seed will keep them coming after the nesting season is over. Thank you Vine House for your excellent service.

    28/05/2020
  • Marjorie Hume

    100%

    The flock of goldfinches just love these seeds.. and I have spotted sparrows eating them too!!

    28/05/2020
  • Michael Ferguson

    100%

    Great, thank you

    04/05/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    great not sure how to review bird food - I don't speak gold finch

    28/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very good Niger seed. Delivery excellent. I would recommend Vine House Farm

    28/04/2020
  • Jack Peeters

    80%

    The goldfinches like it

    28/04/2020
  • Roy Jackson

    100%

    A 1st class product, highly recommended.

    28/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Arrived promptly; good quality seed; robust packaging

    28/04/2020
  • Ruth Fox

    100%

    Gold finches were desperate for seed during lockdown. Really easy to order, arrived promptly- will certainly order again. Perfect! Thank you x

    27/04/2020
  • Stanley Hancock

    100%

    The product is all that is claimed, the packaging is good quality, robust and fairly priced. I would repeat my purchase in future. Best wishes

    27/04/2020
  • Agnes Segal

    100%

    The goldfinches just love it

    27/04/2020
  • David Cartwright

    100%

    Great product and great service - Thank you

    27/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    80%

    Still waiting for goldfinches to be enticed by Niger Seed. Other birds not interested!

    27/04/2020
  • Michael Solomon

    100%

    Birds can't get enough.

    27/04/2020
  • Cynthia Milligan

    100%

    excellent

    27/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Excellent quality again, the goldfinches love it

    27/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Gold Finches enjoying this

    14/04/2020
  • Marian Young

    100%

    Good, and timely delivery too!

    13/04/2020
  • Anna Sharman

    100%

    It arrived in good time, and the goldfinches love it

    12/04/2020
  • Hazel Green

    100%

    quick delivery no problems

    08/04/2020
  • Geoff Lamy

    100%

    Excellent product that really attracts the goldfinches. I also mix it with Sunflower seeds as an alternative.

    30/03/2020
  • Lalla Hitchings

    100%

    Excellent product and fast delivery.

    23/03/2020
  • Jack Startin

    100%

    Great product - just what my local goldfinches wanted!

    20/03/2020
  • Steve Turner

    80%

    21/02/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Great quality and my green finches love it!

    15/02/2020

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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