How to properly store birdseed

 

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In order for birdseed to retain its healthy ingredients for as long as possible, it should be stored in a cool and dry place. It is advisable to buy the birdseed from a special feed dealer in larger quantities if you are keeping several birds. This food should then be stored correctly in the bird owner's household. But this also applies to small amounts of grain feed. Those who only keep a few budgies or pet birds should be well served with the cardboard boxes from the food manufacturers - at least that's what you might think. However, the cardboard containers do not offer any protection against food pests, which is why it makes sense to proceed in the same way with small amounts of food as with large amounts: You should always store birdseed in tightly sealable containers.

It should be noted, however, that the containers should not be completely airtight, since grain feed always contains a certain, albeit low, basic moisture. If this cannot escape because the container is completely airtight, mold can form.

Ideal containers: plastic cans
For the storage of grain feed, large Plastic jars with screw caps proven. Lockable detergent boxes are also ideal for storing seeds and grains. For the detergent refill packs available in many places, you can usually buy solid plastic boxes that only cost a few euros in drugstores. Please never use a box that has previously been filled with detergent to store your birdseed, as the seeds take on the smell - and very likely also the taste - of the detergent. Other substances from the detergent that are still in the box could also move into the feed.

Standard freezer cans are suitable for storing delicacies, fine seeds and crackers. These can usually be closed relatively airtight without any problems.

Protection against food pests
Divide the feed into several containers. This has the advantage that one type of food may be introduced Pests cannot spread to all of the seeds and grains in your pantry. Check the feed in the individual cans regularly for a possible pest infestation. If the food smells strange or is even sticky, this could indicate an infestation with starch-eating pests. Such animals usually collect at the bottom of the food can. You can find out what to do if food pests have taken root in your birdseed in the chapter of the same name.

Alternative storage methods
Another very good method of storing larger amounts of feed is in jute sacks or paper bags, in which air exchange is guaranteed. Stored in a dry, cool place, mold cannot spread in the feed. But such sacks and bags have the disadvantage that many feed parasite species can spread unhindered.

In addition, there seems to be another type of storage for food that makes sense at first glance: thatFreeze. Not only does our food stay fresh longer in the freezer. Birdseed can also be stored excellently when the temperature is below zero. But there is a big but here: If the food is thawed, the humidity is reflected on it, as is the case with all food that is thawed. If the grain forage is a little damp, it can get moldy very easily. This is especially true for the feed mixes for larger parakeets and parrots. It is therefore better not to freeze birdseed.

Do not store feed for too long
Birdseed will only stay fresh and rich in vitamins for a limited period of time. After a year at the latest, most of the grains and seeds have largely lost their nutrients. Small amounts of feed can be stored in plastic cans or paper bags or jute sacks for a few months to six months. If you want to store the food longer, you should freeze it and, if necessary, thaw it in portions. Grain feed can be stored frozen for up to two years.

In principle, grain feed should not be exposed to solar radiation and generally little light during storage. When exposed to light, the nutrients decompose faster. This also applies to heat, it allows vitamins to break down more quickly. Therefore, grain feed should be stored in a cool, dark place. This should be free of mold and dust. Grain feed is therefore not in good hands in a damp basement.