A backyard bird feeder is a simple way to bring our feathered friends closer to our homes to watch and help them find food year-round. But did you know that even a little bit of moisture on birdseed can quickly create mold and encourage bacteria growth? If birds eat spoiled seed, they can get sick or die. If you suspect your feeder is wet from a recent rainstorm, remove the spoiled seed and wash and dry the feeder before refilling it. Or hang a feeder in a dry spot -- like under a roof awning -- that naturally keeps moisture away.