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

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to keep seed fresh

·         Feeder Fresh crystals prevent mold in your bird feeders
·         Bird-safe, clump-free solution
·         Chemically similar to sand - only super absorbent
I know I’ve said this before but with this wet, Wet, WET spring and summer, Feeder Fresh can save your seed. It will also save you from having to clean moldy feeders. My favorite secret weapon to keep my seed flowing is Feeder Fresh which is available at the Wild Birds Unlimited store in East Lansing, MI. This is a desiccant that I stir into the seed to absorb the moisture that can make the seed clump.

What is Feeder Fresh?
Feeder Fresh is a form of amorphous silicon dioxide, a material which has been declared Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA. Amorphous silicon dioxide (or silica) is non-toxic, inert, and chemically similar to sand.

Feeder Fresh has a porous structure containing billions of microscopic holes that readily absorb water and humidity. The material does not swell when it absorbs water and the particles do not bind together when wet or dry and, therefore, it does not clump or form aggregates.

Field testing shows that when feeding, birds instantly recognize Feeder Fresh granular particles are not seed and simply discard them. However, if ingested, the particles are handled by the bird's system in a similar manner as other grit that they normally would ingest.

How Can Feeder Fresh Make Wild Bird Feeders Healthier?
Some of the most toxic compounds are created by molds. Even trace amounts of these mycotoxins can cause harmful or even lethal effects to birds. One example is Aflatoxin, which is a particularly harmful by-product of Aspergillus parasiticus mold, which grows on seed. Even amounts as low as 0.0001 mg can be lethal to small birds. The more times seed is exposed to moisture, the greater potential for Aflatoxin production. Feeder Fresh keeps the seed and feeder dry, keeps molds from forming, and thus reduces the chance of Aflatoxin and other mycotoxins.

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