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    Stopping Bird Food Sunflower Seeds Sprouting

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Bird seed can sometimes fall from the bird feeder which could cause unwanted sunflower seeds sprouting. You may not want sunflowers growing in your garden, but this can be a problem. Putting too much bird seed in the feeder can lead to overflow. It is possible to sterilise bird seed so sunflower seeds sprouting does not happen. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    •    To stop seeds sprouting, collect fallen bird seed on the ground below as often as you can. This will stop the necessary contact.

    •    Be careful not to overfill the feeder with too much bird seed. Only put as much as you know is eaten by the birds daily. Extra can easily be knocked to the ground and start seeds sprouting.

    •    Sterilise seeds by placing them in the oven. Spread out the seeds on a baking tray and bake for half an hour at about 150 degrees C.

    •    Alternatively, place the seeds in the microwave in a paper bag. Cook for about 5 minutes.

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