About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

How long does bird seed stay fresh?

I don’t come into Lansing too often. If I bought 100 pounds of your no mess bird food blend and 100 pounds of peanuts will it last 6 months? How long can I store bird food? ~ Caledonia, Michigan

Foods will generally be fine for at least 3-4 months if stored properly. All foods should be stored in a cool, dry place –during the fall and winter, the garage is often the best place. Wild Birds Unlimited has closed steel containers that work well to protect seed from unwanted seed thieves or bad weather. Don’t just dump new seed on top of old. It’s best to keep the seed in its original bag to make sure the older seed is used before you open a newer bag.

What's actually more important is how long you let food remain in feeders. In the rainy fall, at the very least, feeders can get clogged with wet seed and at worse the seed could be moldy and cause the birds sickness. So, in between rain drops, take a quick peek at your feeders, especially your goldfinch feeders, and toss out any moldy seed, suet, fruit, or nectar, and make sure your feeders are clean.

Remember, birds give us a lot of pleasure as we watch them eat, so let’s provide them a safe and clean feeding station at all times. Feeders should also be cleaned at least once a month, year round. Wild Birds Unlimited - East Lansing - will clean your feeder for $5.00. Or you can purchase professional cleaners like Scoot at Wild Birds Unlimited, or use a mild one part vinegar to nine parts water solution to clean all of your feeders. Disassemble feeders and immerse them completely for three minutes. Scrub with brushes (we have these too), rinse thoroughly, and let air dry. 

When I choose a new feeder I always look for something easy to clean and fill. If you keep these measures in mind, you can keep this hobby enjoyable for your family and safe for your birds. Bon appetite!

You’ve got me thinking. Thank you for your honest answers. I guess I can make a couple trips into Lansing for your seed. My birds keep me happy, so I guess the least I can do is keep them happy. I love your blog and now your store. We come in every time we make a trip to Lansing. It was like having a bird catalog come alive the fist time we came in. Have a good day!

Thank you. I look forward to seeing you soon. Sarah

Related articles:
What is No-Mess Bird Seed?: http://bit.ly/pl516I
What birds like peanuts?: http://bit.ly/qKbHT0
Seed Storage Cans and WBU Seed Scoops: http://bit.ly/q6th9R
Do I need to clean my bird feeder?: http://bit.ly/nYKz40
The best bird feeders at Wild Birds Unlimited: http://bit.ly/pv36W6


kathy jane said...
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kathy jane said...

I recently went to the WBU nature shop on Jekyll island in GA. My wooden feeders had gotten so moldy & were difficult to clean. I was even suffering a decrease in the numbers & kinds of birds that came to my backyard. I replaced them with your recycled plastic feeders. They are so easy to clean & maintain. The birds are now coming back. What a great birthday present!

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

Thank you for the comment. I also recommend highly the recycled plastic feeders! Almost all the hopper feeders we sell are now made from the recycled plastic. Sarah