Your E-mail:
Will your bird get a holiday gift this year?


Printer Friendly

Bird Food Storage Tips

Keep your bird's food fresh with these food storage tips

By Nikki Moustaki


Courtesy Chris Parrella, California
Pre-chop and store fresh foods in advanced for easy serving to your bird.

If you’ve never been plagued by annoying seed moths or buzzed by fruit flies, you haven’t had a bird for very long. Every pet bird owner has to deal with these pests – and others – in the course of their bird’s life. But if you store bird food properly you can go a long way toward avoiding bugs, fungus and spoilage.

“Use the freezer to store seed, dry cooked diets and pellets,” said Kreig Peterson of Gourmet Pet Supply in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Fresh foods can be pre-chopped a few days ahead of time. The Sharper Image now offers silver-infused Tupperware to keep foods fresh.”

A few good storage tips:
Seed and pellets: Store in sealed plastic containers or two Ziploc® bags (seal food in a bag within a bag). Keep in freezer. If you keep it out of the freezer, look for seed moth webs. If the seed gets webby, put it in the freezer to kill the moth larvae. If you see little black bugs, toss the food outside and buy fresh food.

Cooked diets: Store in sealed container for up to five days in the fridge, or indefinitely in the freezer, but ideally you should use the frozen food within two weeks of preparation.

Fruits and veggies: Store in fridge and serve fresh. Frozen foods are OK to serve too, but they aren’t always as nutritious and some have added salt.


 Give us your opinion on
Bird Food Storage Tips

Submit a Comment or
Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?
Reader Comments
Great article! Thank you for the advice
Denise, Passaic, NJ
Posted: 4/12/2015 3:03:04 PM
Those pesky moths took months to get rid of! I am working towards a moth free environment for good! I now do not let any bird pellets, nuts or any thing else (store bought bird food) enter my home without freezing first!! I have been freezing their food for 4 years now and have been bug and moth free! This freezer tip is something I would encourage all bird caretakers..to always do!
Deborah, Ocala, FL
Posted: 7/21/2012 7:38:08 PM
plagued this summer with moths...bleah...lil buggers!! i did keep seed in the fridge but treats were int he cabinet that i had forgotten!
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 8/26/2011 12:03:44 PM
Thanks
millie, little rock, AR
Posted: 1/20/2011 1:39:54 PM
View Current Comments
Top Products
d
BirdChannel Home | Bird Breeders | Bird Species | Related Links | BirdChannel Editors and Contributors
DOGS | CATS | FISH | HORSE | REPTILES | SMALL ANIMALS | HOBBY FARMS
                       | Birds USA |  
Disclaimer: The posts and threads recorded in our message boards do not reflect the opinions of nor are endorsed by I-5 Publishing, LLC nor any of its employees. We are not responsible for the content of these posts and threads.
Copyright ©  I-5 Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.
Our Privacy Policy has changed. Your California Privacy Right/Privacy Policy
Advertise With Us  |  SiteMap  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Community Guidelines | Bird eClub Terms
BirdChannel Newsletter Signup | Link to Us | About Us | More Great I-5 Sites
Gold Standard

*Content generated by our loyal visitors, which includes comments and club postings, is free of constraints from our editors’ red pens, and therefore not governed by I-5 Publishing, LLC’s Gold Standard Quality Content, but instead allowed to follow the free form expression necessary for quick, inspired and spontaneous communication.

Become a fan of BirdChannel on Facebook Follow BirdChannel on Twitter
Get social and connect with BirdChannel.



Hi my name's RaneBeau ('> Thank You, Friends!!

Visit the Photo Gallery to
cast your vote!
Information on over 200 critter species