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How to Weatherproof Bird Feeders

Updated February 21, 2017

Seeing birds return in early spring can be a welcome sight after winter. However, bird feeders, especially wooden ones, are prone to damage from weather conditions. You can protect your bird feeder by weatherproofing it.

Take the bird feeder to a well-ventilated area.

Apply the waterproofer to the wood. Waterproofers are available in either a spray or a liquid form that you brush onto the wood. Allow the waterproofing material to set for the time specified on the packaging.

Pour water onto the bird feeder to test how well the waterproofer took hold. If the water beads up on the surface of the wood, you applied the waterproofing material correctly. If the water seeps into the wood, allow it to dry and apply another coat of waterproofer.

Things You'll Need

  • Waterproofer
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