What Kind of Seed is in Most Bird Seed Bags?

by Jim
(conesus,ny )

Hi Susan,

Do you or maybe one of our readers know what the large round orangish seed is that in most bird seed bags. What birds like this? There doesn`t seen to be any birds in western NY that like it! Is this just a cheap filler companies use when selling bird food?
Thanks in advance. jim raffa


Good question, Jim. I will contact my suppliers and in the meantime, maybe one of our readers can help with the answer.


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Jan 24, 2011
by: Anonymous

Yes it is millet. I live in the
Florida panhandle. The only bird that eats it here are the ground and mourning doves.

They eat it off the ground and off my platform feeders made from satellite dishes.

Satellite dishes? Can you send us a picture, Glenn?

Oct 17, 2010
by: Jerry

It is probably red millet. Yes it is a filler and most birds just toss it out. The mixes you buy should have a content list on the bag.

Oct 14, 2010
round orange seeds
by: Anonymous

I believe you might be talking of a form of millet... That said, whatever it is, my birds will very rarely eat it and I wind up tossing it out... I buy seeds in bulk and mix my own, generally heavy with black sunflower seed for the majority and of course niger (thistle) for the finches...

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