SHAFER Nyjer Seed

SHAFER Nyjer Seed

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The favorite seed of Goldfinches everywhere.

  • Favorite of Finches
  • Extra clean
  • High energy content
  • 150,000 seeds per pound - lots of visits
  • A Goldfinch magnet
  • Satisfaction guaranteed

Nyjer seed (Thistle seed) is the absolute favorite of Finches, such as the American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin and other small Songbirds.

This tiny delicacy is used in Finch feeders which have smaller holes and tiny perches – perfect for the Finches but discouraging to larger birds!

Shafer Seed's Nyjer seed is the ultimate choice for nurturing Finches with its high fat and protein content.

Nyjer seed is the only major Wild Bird Food ingredient imported from overseas -- sometimes referred to as “Black Gold”.

Nyjer seed may seem more expensive, yet it actually lasts longer.

Nyjer contains an incredible 150,000 seeds per pound, which produces more visits to your feeder.

Fill your Finch feeder with Shafer Seed Nyjer seed and enjoy the antics of these beautiful and sociable birds in your backyard.


When feeding wild birds, there are 4 keys to a successful program:


Provide different types of food to attract more variety of birds.  Sunflower is a great seed that many species love.  Higher quality mixes attract more birds.  Keep feeders full so birds will continue to visit.  Click here to jump down to Shafer Seed's Bird Feeding Preference Chart.


Provide a variety of feeders to attract the greatest variety of birds.  Use hopper and tube feeders for Sunflower and mixes.  Use Finch feeders for Nyjer and Finch mixes. Platform feeders will accommodate ground feeding birds.


Provide a shallow water source (2"-3" deep) so birds can bathe and drink.  Water also attracts birds that feeding stations alone cannot, such as ones that feed on insects alone.


Place feeders in locations already frequented by birds.  Place by shrubs and/or trees to offer protection.


Questions and Answers:

Q: How do I stop squirrels from eating all of my bird seed?

A: Squirrels are a common problem at bird feeders.  There are now a number of feeder styles designed to prevent squirrels from reaching the seed.  For example, some use a weighted system that closes the feeder port when the weight of a squirrel is sensed.  Squirrel baffles are also available to place above or below your feeder (depending on how your feeder is mounted) to prevent the squirrels from reaching your feeder.  Additionally, there are two seeds that most squirrels do not like -- safflower and nyjer seed.  An optional method is to supply the squirrels with their own supply of food away from the bird feeder area.  Cracked corn works nicely.

Q: Where and how should I store my bird seed after I bring it home?

A: The best place to store your bird seed is elevated on a shelf in a cool, dry location in your garage, basement or storage shed.  Whether you keep your bird seed in the original bag or in a storage container, you should make sure that it is closed or sealed tightly.  It is also important that the storage location has good air circulation and is away from direct sunlight or heat source.  You should avoid storing your bird seed on a cement floor, since moisture from the floor can be transferred to the seed.  Keeping your seed dry will help it last longer.

Q: Should I clean my feeder and how often should I do it?

A: Moldy or decomposing seeds are not healthy for birds to eat.  You should wash and disinfect your feeder at least once a month and more frequently during wet weather.  First wash the feeder in hot, soapy water and rinse thoroughly.  To disinfect the feeder, immerse it for a couple of minutes in a solution of 1 part household bleach to 9 parts water.  Rinse again completely with clean water and dry before refilling.  You should thoroughly wash your hands after you have finished cleaning your feeder.