If you’re looking for bird seed storage ideas, we have the perfect round-up for you!
If you are lucky enough to live outside of the city, then you likely have various forms of wildlife in your backyard. I currently live in the city, but on a quiet street in the suburbs, with a small but plentiful front and back yard.
Growing up, I lived in the country. When I say the country, it means it was very likely you could wake up and look out your front window and see deer, rabbits, or even the neighbor’s cows on your lawn. At night, you took the doggo to use the bathroom on a leash so they wouldn’t get sprayed by a skunk and you filled any tiny hole or crack in the shed so a family of squirrels didn’t move in.
One of the things I remember most about my childhood home was the bird feeders my dad had built directly on the front lawn, in front of our big picture window. On quiet mornings as a teenager, I would read in this window, do homework and watch the various bird come in and out for a snack.
Now that I am an adult and living on my own in the city, I am convinced that with the right bird feeder and food, I can easily attract a few beautiful winged creations of my own to my yard.
Last weekend, I set out to buy an adorable feeder and all the items I thought I needed to attract some birds of my own. As I walked in the door, my husband asked where I planned to store the very LARGE bag of bird seed I had purchased. He asked because he knows me better than I know myself. The birdseed cannot simply stay in the bag on the floor but must be placed inside another vessel to hide the contents. Sound familiar?
Keep reading to find out our favorite bird seed storage ideas, big or small! We’ve got you covered.
Bird Seed Storage Ideas
With that in mind, we thought there were likely others just like us, so today we are dishing on bird seed storage ideas that are both practical and pretty so you can get excited about creating your own front or backyard oasis. All of today’s finds are from Amazon! With fast and free shipping with Prime, of course, it was a no-brainer for us to go here for decorative bird seed storage containers!
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How Should Seed be Store?
The best way to store birdseed, similar to any pet food, is in an airtight container and then in a dry place. Fresh seeds, like sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, or black oil sunflower seed, some of the most popular forms of bird seed on the market, will keep their freshness the longest when it’s stored properly, like in plastic containers. The way you store bird seed is also as important as making sure it’s easily accessible and in a convenient location. Basement seed storage is also a great option because they are typically cool and dry.
Depending on the size of your feeder, you can easily purchase large containers or smaller containers. But without further ado, here are the best bird seed storage ideas from Amazon.
If your looking for a rustic, farmhouse-style storage idea this is for you! We love this galvanized bucket bin, not only is it able to lock (to make sure no critters get in), but it also comes with a scoop to make your life easier. It also holds 16.5 quarts or 25 lbs of bird seed which should be more than enough to last a while, if not an entire season.
Backyard birds deserve a delicious meal, especially if you are going through the process of purchasing and topping their feed regularly, so making sure to store your seeds in the right containers and right place is essential to avoid old seeds that become stale. Metal containers are perfect for storing in a shed or garage since rodents and critters cannot chew through metal. Metal will ensure your bird food mixtures remain fresh and will prevent bugs from getting inside, which would ultimately lead to dead insects in your seed.
We adore this two-pack of seed storage containers from Amazon because it makes feeding fun and easy. These containers will hold the seed inside the bag, or you can dump it directly in. The easy-pour spout and handle are perfect for taking it from the garage or shed and directly to your feeder in the yard. The clear containers also allow you to easily see the plastic bags of feed inside, so you can feed the right feeder accordingly if you have more than one. It’s important to note that if you are going to use plastic to store your seeds, it’s best to keep these containers inside your home. Rodents like mice, rats, and squirrels can actually smell the seed through plastic, and chew right through the plastic container to get inside. Tight lids while good for keeping the seed fresh, will not deter unwanted wild animals from getting inside if left in a garage or shed!
If you are planning to invest in several feeders and have large families of birds in your area, you want to consider purchasing this giant storage option that will easily store pounds of seed. This airtight food storage container comes in 33, 47, and 69 quarts and comes with built-in wheels to easily move around your space. The Wide top opening is perfect for easy scooping. This would also make the perfect option for large bags of dog food!
Glass is another great way to store any type of pet food or wild bird seed because it also allows you to keep air and moisture out, and the freshness in. If you starting your bird feeder journey with only one small feeder, using a glass storage system indoors is the perfect option. This two-piece glass container set is both beautiful and functional. You can also add these fun labels also make for super easy identification. We’re picking this set up for bird seed, dog food, and cat food to jazz up the pet feeding area!
Note: If you are looking for large-scale metal seed storage, galvanized metal cans, like trash cans from a big box store are a cost-effective alternative!
Let’s Recap our Storage Tips
- Fresh bird seed is best stored in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Proper storage will ensure seeds keep fresh for a long time.
- Seeds can be prone to insect infestations, so a proper storage method is so important, especially if being stored in outdoor sheds.
- Placing the seed in the proper container for where it will be stored is very important. Also placing the feed in a convenient place will ensure you don’t forget to top up the seed level in the feeders, daily.
A Few Other Facts to Remember
- Like any food, birdseed expires. Older seeds should be tossed or used before the best-before date on the bag.
- Don’t forget to clean feeders at least once a season to prevent disease and bacteria from growing and spreading.
- For many, bird watching and bird care is a great hobby that can be done year-round!
- Birds have less access to fresh and natural food in the cooler weather months, so why not consider feeding all four seasons?
What do you think? Do you love the birdseed storage containers we’ve listed above? We would love to see your storage ideas and hear about your feathered friends.