Prevent Bird Seed from Spoiling in
Warm weather can cause
birdseed to deteriorate or spoil. Take the following precautions to have healthy
nutritious seed during the hot summer months.
- Hot weather causes seed
with a high oil content to become rancid; Safflower and sunflower have
insulating hulls so they can stand warm temperatures better.
- Cracked corn is
susceptible to mold and mildew in warm humid weather. Whole corn is better
able to withstand summer weather,
- If seed is stored for a
month or more in containers or bags, insect larvae may develop. This usually
is the grain moth, which will eat the seed inside out as it develops.
- Seed that is rancid or
moldy could present a health hazard to birds. These seeds are also poorer in
vitamins and nutrients than fresh seed.
Storing and maintaining seed:
- Use up your winter supply
of birdseed before warm weather.
- In warm weather buy no
more than 2 weeks supply of seed at a time. Store seed in a cool, dry place.
- Buy 10-20 pound bags of
seeds and if you have spare seed. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
- If the seed containers are
kept outside or in an area that is open to the outdoors, secure the top so
that raccoons and squirrels cannot get in. Plastic trashcans are subject to
squirrels chewing holes in them.
- Put out smaller quantities
of seed in the feeders in the summer so seed doesn’t spoil in the feeder.
- Do not put more food on
the ground or feeding tray than birds can consume in one day. It is better to
keep seed in hanging feeders, especially in times of rain.
- If you are unsure about
the freshness of seed, it is best to throw away the seed and purchase fresh
Birds will use your feeders
all year if you keep fresh, quality seed available.