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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Moldy seed is bad for the birds

Goldfinches flock to fresh nyjer seed.  Photo by J.J. Meyer
If you didn't bring your feeders indoors during the recent rain, there's a good chance your seed is wet.

But you may be able to save it, if it's not moldy.  Simply spread the wet seed on a cookie sheet and place in the oven at a low temperature for about 10 minutes.  Stir the seed and cool.  Make sure it's completely dry before replacing it in the feeder.

If your seed is moldy, pitch it.  Moldy seed is not healthy for the birds.  And they're likely to reject it anyway.

Get ready for the rainy season ahead by purchasing rain guards or weather domes for your feeders.  Find them at nature stores such as Wild Birds Unlimited.

Happy Birding!

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