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Re: rats & birdseed

Some seed falls, but the birds eat what falls.  It's the sunflowers 
shells that are messy.  Except for niger seed- they don't sell shelled 
niger (too teeny) so I do still have a mess from niger seed.


Donna wrote:

>Hum.... my birds are really messy types. Tend to spill and displace as much
>as they can as soon as they can. (they are only allowed one 'fill' per day,
>so they better get there early to get any).
>So do you still find seed everywhere, or is it just due to the shells that
>mine are making this mess?
>And the first time I see a rat at the birdfeeder, we may never have a
>birdfeeder here again!
>>Add to the other advantages, if you use the shelled seed, you
>>don't have the shells falling to the ground.  Sunflower seeds
>>contain some substance that inhibits growth of other plants.
>>I'm sure someone more knowledgable can tell us what it is.
>>I don't know that rats don't like it -haven't had a problem with
>>them - but I know squirrels love either kind.  We buy the
>>shelled seeds by the 50-lb. bag at a feed store.  Not really
>>too much more pricey than the other kind in smaller bags
>>at the grocery store, and so much neater.
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