Keeping your bird food from going off is very simple. Making sure bird food is stored correctly is very important to ensure the birds stay healthy.
𝙆𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄𝙩 𝘿𝙧𝙮
Making sure your food stays dry will help the seeds to not germinate or go mouldy. The slightest bit of dampness can cause any sort of bacteria to grow, encouraging the seeds to germinate or the seed to go off which will then leave them a funny smell and colour. This in effect would make the birds rather ill and should not be fed to them.
𝙆𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄𝙩 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙁𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙍𝙤𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨
Keeping your food clear of rodents is very important. Rodents can carry all sorts of diseases and if they get into the bird food, they will contaminate it. If any food is left lying around, it will encourage rats and mice and any other unwated visitors. Having the food in plastic containers can be risky, as the rats are able to chew through this to gain access to any feed of which may be inside so we would suggest metla bins to store your food in.
𝙆𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝘾𝙤𝙤𝙡
During the warmer weather it is key to make sure you store your bird food accordingly. This should be somewhere cool i.e. a gargae or a similar cool outside builiding, or even a pantry. Food is best stored somwhere the room temperature is low. This is so that it prevents the from from sweating, causing bacteria and going bad. Every bag of seed has got a best before date, but in summer if the weather is hot, and the storing area is warm you may want to rethink your positioning of this.
𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝘽𝙞𝙧𝙙 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙
There are lots of different types of storage containers for bird food. Some people prefer plastic containers, but we would recommend using metal bins. Our metal bins are rodent proof as the rats and mice cannot chew through the metal, whereas other materials such as the plastic containers mentioned previously, are easy for them to get in to. (see links below)
𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙇𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝘾𝙖𝙣 𝙄 𝙆𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙈𝙮 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙?
If your birds have slowed down eating during the warmer months, do not buy any more seed during this time until the seed has gone down. This is only because bird food can go off quickly in the hot weather and wastage can occur. For most customers this does not tend to be an issue but if it ever does become an issue, we would say to keep an eye on it incase it gets too warm as it could lead to bacteria growing and the food will then go off. Keep checking it during the warmer months and if needed, move elsewhere to ensure it stays cool.
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