Ah…April showers…that means May flowers and often soggy birdseed in our feeders. Wet seed can sprout, mold and become laden with bacteria so its important to keep it as dry as possible. How to keep seed in the feeders dry can be a real problem. Here are some simple things I’m doing to help keep the seed in my feeders dry.
Hang feeders a few inches inside the cover of the porch.
Install a squirrel baffle or other cover just close enough to keep the rain out and still allow the birds access.
If the floor of your wire tube feeder does not drain quickly enough try using wire or stones to keep the seed up off the floor.
This wire globe feeder is one of the bird’s favorites and one I was asked to test byGardener’s Supply. I found it didn’t drain as quickly as it needed too so water was left standing in the bottom of it. This meant the seed was prone to sprouting and molding. To fix the problem I took the wire screen from a kitchen strainer at a local dollar store that was the shape and size I needed and inserted it into the bottom of the feeder upside down to fix this issue. It works great!
Do you have similar issues with the feeders in your yard? Share them here and maybe we can help find good solutions for together.
Remember to always keep those bird feeders cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis to help keep your visiting birds healthy.