how to keep bird feeders dry

I have sunflower heart feeders with peanuts, seed, and sunflower seeds; does anyone know how to waterproof their bird feeders? , and naturally, they all get wet when it rains, so the birds usually don’t use them. Costs a small fortune just to throw it all away. Then, refill, it inevitably rains again, then same thing again.


Every day you gaze upon your bird feeders, taking in the sight of untamed birds chowing down, but have you ever noticed how completely disorganized the ground is beneath them?

These abandoned seeds may cause serious issues for any visiting birds. First, the seeds can attract unwanted pests and predators. The animals that eat the “grounded: bird seed” may have even more problems if it gets wet. The best course of action is to regularly remove any seed that has been discarded and to obtain wet bird seed following a rainstorm or snowmelt.

Another thing to consider is keeping your bird seed dry while it’s still in the bird feeder. Add a squirrel baffle to the top of your seed bird feeder if you are unable to choose a feeder with a wide lid. This will prevent snow or rainwater from getting into the seed supply. Additionally, most baffles are made to prevent squirrels from stealing seeds. They’ll just tumble off of the feeder.

Investing in feeders designed to drain moisture is an additional way to reduce the amount of wet bird seed in your supply. These feeders will have drain holes in their seed trays.


Because bird seeds are just that—seeds—keep in mind that they can sprout if they receive enough moisture. Bird seed can also deteriorate in excessive moisture if it is not properly cared for. If your backyard friends are chowing down on moldy seeds, it’s only a matter of time until they contract a bacterial, fungal, or bird disease. Cleaning your seed feeders should be done at least once every two weeks; as the weather gets warmer, you should clean them more frequently.

To clean your seed feeders, use a mild soap and water solution and a cleaning mop to clean all of the crevices. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely before refilling the feeder with your wild bird’s favorite seed.

Bonus Tip: Use one part vinegar to four parts water for bird feeders that require a little extra care. Rinse thoroughly and dry before re-filling.


Is it okay to leave bird feeders in the rain?

One ongoing problem with maintaining a bird feeder is wet bird seed. Whether it’s a sudden thaw in the winter, a late-season tropical storm, typical spring rain or a summer downpour, it’s important to keep bird seed dry. Doing so helps keep your backyard friends healthy and happy.

How do you protect birds from rain?

Create sturdy shelter by providing good bird houses and roost boxes that are protected from driving rain, prevailing winds, or accumulating snow. Adding native evergreen plants to the yard and building a brush pile are other ways to provide shelter for even more birds.