Bird Seed Missoula MT

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PetSmart
(406) 549-9188
2850 N Reserve
Missoula, MT
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

Tropical World Pet Ctr
(406) 549-8710
1290 S 3RD St W
Missoula, MT

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Reefmissoula
406-541-FISH (3474)
2650 Brooks Street
Missoula, MT
Products
Saltwater livestock and corals
Hours
T-F 11:00-6:00 pm & Sat/Sun noon-5:00 pm

Pets Mart
(406) 721-1004
903 E Broadway St
Missoula, MT

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Big Sky Raw Four Paws
(406) 752-0064
35 South Mount Creek Drive
Kila, MT

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Pet Nebula
(406) 541-9929
2100 Stephens Ave
Missoula, MT

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Neff's Animal Specialties
(406) 549-2379
2421 Benton Ave
Missoula, MT

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Go Fetch
(406) 543-2551
517 S Higgins Ave
Missoula, MT

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PetSmart
(406) 549-9188
2850 NORTH RESERVE ST.
MISSOULA, MT

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West Paw Design
(800) 443-5567
32050 E. Frontage Rd.
Bozeman, MT

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Feeders and Feeding: Keep Your Seed Fresh

Keep Your Seed Fresh With a 'First In First Out' Technique

by Dave McDermott

Tube-type feeders are favorites of backyard bird watchers, goldfinches, and pine siskins. Unfortunately, the seed that gets eaten out of a tube feeder comes from the top and the middle of the column of seed. Fresh seed gets added at the top of the tube. It's LIFO-Last In, First Out. The seed that was added most recently gets eaten first; the seed at the bottom of the feeder gets eaten very slowly, if at all, and quickly turns stale.

The solution to eliminating stale seed comes from a technique your local grocer practices to manage the store's inventory: First In, First Out, or FIFO. The principle is simple: Make sure the oldest inventory gets used first so that none of the inventory gets so old that it can't be sold. Or, in the case of birdseed, make sure the old seed gets eaten before it gets old, stale, and unfit to eat.

The FIFO technique is easy: Just add new seed to the bottom of the feeder. Since tube feeders open at the top, the easiest way to do this is to empty any seed remaining in the feeder into a bucket before adding new seed, then pour fresh seed into the bottom of the feeder and top it off with the older seed from the bucket. Now, as finches feed, they'll eat more of the older seed. And no seed sits at the bottom of the feeder long enough to become stale....

Author: Bird Watcher's Digest

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