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Tips for Storing Bird Seed

Bird Seed

Store bird seed properly to keep it fresh

Fresh bird seed is the most effective way to attract wild birds to your yard for viewing. Below are some tips on storing bird seed>, what types of seed to use, and how to use seed effectively to feed wild birds.

Keep Bird Feeder Seed Fresh
It may sound obvious, but this aspect of bird feeding is often overlooked. If your feeder is still fairly full and you are having very little to no activity at your feeder, then it’s time to change your seed. Wild birds will not eat seed that is rancid, moldy, or insect infested, so make sure your seed is as fresh as possible to ensure that your yard is the hot spot for seed.

Store Bird Seed in Proper Containers
Buy proper storage equipment for your bird seed. This will save you money in the long run because bird seed will not spoil due to exposure to moisture or extreme changes in temperature. This will help make your seed last longer by preventing it from going bad. This will eventually save you money from having to constantly buy and replace seed.

Keep Bird Seed Storage Containers Clean
Clean containers make a big difference. Clean containers will make your seed last much longer and in turn will save you money.

Store Bird Seed in a Cool, Dry Place
Keeping your bird seed stored in a cool, dry area will help ensure its freshness. Avoid storing your bird seed outdoors unless you live in a consistently cooler climate. However, if you do store your seed outdoors, remember that you need to keep it stored somewhere where other animals can’t get into it. A good outdoor container for bird seed is an old aluminum garbage can with a chain and pad lock on top.

Check Bird Seed for Freshness
Keep an eye on the seed in your bird feeders and containers. At the first sign that your seed may be going bad or have insects in it, go ahead and get rid of it. Remember, the fresher the seed, the more likely you are to get more wild birds at your feeders.

Buy Fresh Bird Seed
Seed will come fresh to retailers from the manufacturer but it can go bad the longer it sits on the shelf. Make sure you check all seed for signs of mold and insects before you buy it.

Buy Bird Seed with Shells
Thistle seed may not have a very long shelf life. Seed like this should be bought in smaller quantities so that none goes to waste. One of the most popular types of seed is black oil sunflower seeds. This seed is protected by its shell and birds love it.

Mix it up
If you offer a variety of feeders and seed, you should have no issues attracting wild birds to your yard.