12 Tips For Storing Bird Seeds Year-Round

If you are someone who loves feeding birds, you know how expensive it can get to keep supplies on hand, especially in the cold winter months. For that reason, buying in bulk makes a lot of sense.

A 50-pound bag of seed will last you much longer than smaller quantities, but then you have to consider how to store it so that you don’t have any waste. Improper storage can lead to spoiled seed or insect and rodent infestations.

Here are the best ways to prevent this from happening.

1. Buy The Freshest Bird Seed Possible

Always start with the freshest seed that you can find. If you’ve been doing this for a while, you will probably have some favorite sources, whether that’s a feed mill, pet store, or big-box store.

However, if you’re new to the bird-feeding game, you shouldn’t just grab the first bag of seed you can find.

Be especially wary of bargain prices. If one retailer is selling the same seed for a much lower price, it’s probably getting old and they want to offload it while they still can.

Examine the bag carefully before you buy it. If the bag is dusty, or the seed inside looks off-color or with lots of broken shells, don’t waste your money on it.