Lupin seeds and goldfinches

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Lupin seeds and goldfinches

Postby Primrose » Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:51 am

I know lupin seeds are poisonous to humans but are they edible for goldfinches? Can't find the relevant answer on internet which will guide how I dispose of my seed pods which have just finished flowering.
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Re: Lupin seeds and goldfinches

Postby Monika » Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:58 pm

I don't have a definitive answer to your question, Primrose, but I have never seen goldfinches feeding on our lupin seeds. Teasels, lavender, dandelions, yes, but never on lupins. And are lupin seeds not used to make oil for human consumption?
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Re: Lupin seeds and goldfinches

Postby Breq » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:38 am

There is an edible version of sweet lupin (RealSeeds has them) but the flowering ones we all love, are not for human consumption. I have never seen the goldfiches eat them either (and we have so many of them!). I just put my deadheaded tops in the compost, no problems after all these years. Same thing I do with rhubarb leaves - never eat those, either.
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Re: Lupin seeds and goldfinches

Postby tigerburnie » Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:20 pm

Goldfinches eat much smaller seeds than those in Lupins, the Nyger seed we buy from the shops is the sort of thing they like.
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Re: Lupin seeds and goldfinches

Postby Breq » Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:38 am

I can vouch for that tigerburnie! My seed bill for niger seed says it all...
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Re: Lupin seeds and goldfinches

Postby retropants » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:28 am

They will even come down to the lawn and eat the dandelion seeds right off the plant!
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Re: Lupin seeds and goldfinches

Postby Breq » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:21 pm

Ooh, your are well trained. Mine like the lavender hedge but I've not seen them tidy up the dandelions yet!
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