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I recall reading somewhere that black oil seed isn't good for pigeons. True / False?
I have cardinals and feed them black oil seed = its around. Yesterday as I was filling feeders with a seed mix and I made a mess = dumpted a lot of seed. Not a big deal as the pigeons typically clean everything up. What I noticed is they first ate the black oil seed then the other seeds... Are my feathered friends at risk?
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I recall reading somewhere that black oil seed isn't good for pigeons. True / False?
I have cardinals and feed them black oil seed = its around. Yesterday as I was filling feeders with a seed mix and I made a mess = dumpted a lot of seed. Not a big deal as the pigeons typically clean everything up. What I noticed is they first ate the black oil seed then the other seeds... Are my feathered friends at risk?
Thank you.
~ 4zp.
I do not know the science behind the seeds, If your talking about the sunflower type? but my doves will feed on just them if I let, only problem I do see is that it fills them up, but they do not keep a balance weight with the black seeds..
 

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black sunflower seeds are very high in fat/oil content. very good for winter food for outdoor birds but pigeons eat the whole seed and must grind & digest the shell which has NO nutrition. cardinals & other winter feeder birds take the shell off, pigeons & doves don't. whole corn is a better feed for winter for pigeons & doves, however black sunflower seeds will not harm the pigeons & doves.
 

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black sunflower seeds are very high in fat/oil content. very good for winter food for outdoor birds but pigeons eat the whole seed and must grind & digest the shell which has NO nutrition. cardinals & other winter feeder birds take the shell off, pigeons & doves don't. whole corn is a better feed for winter for pigeons & doves, however black sunflower seeds will not harm the pigeons & doves.
wonder why my ringnecks seem to loss weight
 

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Black oil sunflower seeds are fine. It's the ones with the white stripes that pigeons shouldn't eat. Everyone tells me they can't digest the shell. True or false? I don't know, I never tried it. But I DO feed all my pigeons the black sunflower seeds w/shell and they are just fine. Shelled sunflower chips are fine too if raw. Not roasted/salted.
 

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Yes I'm referring to black oil seed - not the striped sunflower seed / not roasted or salted etc.
I didn't think there was anything wrong with them eating the black oil seeds ~ just something I recall reading that recently caught my eye and gave me reason to question / doubt what I already know... I've had many birds over the years eat the blkoil seed and hadn't noticed any issues... I too started to worry as its getting near to the cooler months and I try to keep blkoil seed around for all... The internal alarm went off that I might create a nutrition issue / illness that I'd have to fix... and I only have space for so many that need a winter home.
Good to know you too (Lovebirds) give black oil seed to your birds. Mine just seem to gobble them up before any other seed that's out. whew!
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