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Melkor

Nutrients added to sunflower seeds?

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Hi Folks-

I just picked up a big bag of black oil sunflower seeds, and noticed that it has "Bird-Kote", which means there have been vitamins and nutrients added. I suppose it's "safe", but I am generally hesitant to purchase modified foods, even for birds, so I was curious what everyone's thoughts are.

A lot of things have been called "safe" over the decades, only to find out there are long term negative effects....

Thanks, Happy New Year!

 

Scott

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That's Pennington brand, right?  I've used that and haven't noticed any problems, other than the four-winged House Finches and the glow-in-the-dark Whip-Poor-Wills  ;)

The 'Royal Wing' brand of black oil sunflower seed ('BOSS' for short) from Tractor Supply is usually cheaper, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy Pennington if I couldn't get the less expensive stuff.

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LOL Charlie!!!!  That's hilarious.  But as for seed and added nutrients, I'm really not sure if there's any real data on long-term effects on birds, especially if this is a new thing.  However, there is a 'hybrid' safflower seed that we're using which the birds LOVE, and it's called Nutri-Saff.  It's brown, instead of white, and it contains more oil than the white variety.  We have a good mix we buy that contains the white, but we mix white millet and Nutri-Saff and the birds devour it.  We keep several feeders in front and back and put different types of seed etc in them too.  But supposedly the Nutri-Saff is healthier for the birds and supplies them with additional seed oils than the usual variety.  I guess we don't really know if the new and/or 'improved' seeds will help in the long run, so all we can do is make choices and wait and see if we have glow in the dark birds as Charlie mentioned. ;p

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20 minutes ago, SummerShaddow said:

I'm really not sure if there's any real data on long-term effects on birds, especially if this is a new thing.

I don't know about data either, but there's nothing new about it.  Pennington has been coating their BOSS for decades.

Oh, and welcome to Whatbird!

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Just now, Charlie Spencer said:

I don't know about data either, but there's nothing new about it.  Pennington has been coating their BOSS for decades.

Oh, and welcome to Whatbird!

Well, if it's been around a while that's definitely a good sign.  And thanks!!!  Cool forums! :D 

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