How Can I Make Sure My Birdseed Doesn’t Go Bad?

Photograph of Red-breasted Nuthatch and Chestnut-backed Chickadee by Charles Oldham

Just fill feeders with enough seed for a few days!

Fill feeders with no more seed than will be consumed in 3 days.  Place only sunflower seed in a hanging feeder.  Offer millet and/or cracked corn and sunflower seed in a low, open screen-bottomed feeder.

Be sure your feeder is designed for Northwest weather.  If it’s a wood feeder, here are a few tips:  cedar feeders with large overhanging roofs, screen bottoms, screw construction, and no piano hinges are long lasting and weather-hardy.