||Feeder Fresh crystals prevent mold in your bird feeders
||Bird-safe moisture trap and seed preservative
||Chemically similar to sand - only super absorbent
Prevent disease-causing mold in your birdseed. When placed in your feeder, these bird-safe crystals trap moisture to keep seed dry, clean, and clump-free for the safety of your visitors. Nontoxic amorphous silicon dioxide crystals are chemically similar to sand, but extremely absorbent. 9 oz bottle.
What is Feeder Fresh?
Feeder Fresh is a form of amorphous silicon dioxide, a material which has been declared Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA. Amorphous silicon dioxide (or silica) is non-toxic, inert, and chemically similar to sand. The only difference between Feeder Fresh and the silica sand grit that birds normally consume is its water absorptive properties.
Feeder Fresh has a porous structure containing billions of microscopic holes that readily absorb water and humidity. The material does not swell when it absorbs water and the particles do not bind together when wet or dry and, therefore, it does not clump or form aggregates. Once the Feeder Fresh absorbs its own weight in water, it will discontinue absorbing. Feeder Fresh does not contain any crystalline silica, just amorphous silica.
Field testing shows that when feeding, birds instantly recognize Feeder Fresh granular particles are not seed and simply discard them. However, if ingested, the particles are handled by the bird's system in a similar manner as other grit that they normally would ingest.
How Can Feeder Fresh Make Wild Bird Feeders Healthier?
Some of the most toxic compounds are created by molds. Even trace amounts of these mycotoxins can cause harmful or even lethal effects to birds. One example is Aflatoxin, which is a particularly harmful by-product of Aspergillus parasiticus mold, which grows on seed. Even amounts as low as 0.0001 mg can be lethal to small birds. The more times seed is exposed to moisture, the greater potential for Aflatoxin production. Feeder Fresh keeps the seed and feeder dry, keeps molds from forming, and thus reduces the chance of Aflatoxin and other mycotoxins.