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Squirrels running off with bird feeders

 

My squirrels just bite through the twine and run off with the feeder!  I find empty feeders all round the garden weeks after they first vanish!  Kat

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Are your bird feeders squirrel proof.  I had to buy a hanging caged feeder and it really worked.

Why not hang the feeders from a wire or a hook instead of string.  

If you go into my Amazon shop you will be able to search for caged hanging bird feeders

http://birdtablenews.com/  

Give it a try.  It will be worth it.  I think we all know it helps the garden birds when we put bird food out – that is unless the squirrels, rooks, pigeons and even partridges don’t get the food.

The amazon shop is in the right side bar

I’ve had a lot of trouble with squirrels in the past.  The grey squirrel is a pest. 

Trisha

DO CAGED GROUND FEEDERS FOR GARDEN BIRDS WORK?

Hi Trisha, 

does anyone recommend the use of an adjustable caged ground table feeder to keep predators and the like out?

I just wondered if the birds inside would panic and not fly out easily if threatened by a hawk etc. I am thinking of purchasing one thats adjustable to let thrushes etc in but not bigger birds such as the pigeons but don’t know anyone who has or is using one at the moment. Any help will be much appreciated.

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Hi,  I find ground caged bird feeders really useful.  I’ve had one for years. 

In winter I put a ‘cover’ over the cage and that keeps the snow and rain off the food inside.  My garden birds have their own little igloo!

My problem is that blackbirds cannot get into bird feeders.  I like blackbirds and have a few in the garden hopping about.  To solve that problem I’ve put some canes in a small circle and then put wire round the outside of the canes.  I put bird food inside this cane circle.  The canes get narrow at the top and this means that all types of birds, including blackbirds, can fly in and get the food from the top.  Pigeons cannot get through the wire and they don’t have the sense to figure out a way to get in from the top.  Blackbird problem solved!

I now have my camera back in action – so photos to follow

Cheers for getting in touch

Has anyone else got any tips and advice?

Trisha

A Journey round three bird feeders in my garden

Some of the bird feeders I use to feed the birds in my garden are just a bit old but they still serve their purpose which is to be a safe haven for birds to eat food.

I thought I would show you  some of my garden and some of my bird feeders.

You do not have to spend a lot of money to feed birds.  When you invest in a bird table or feeder it will last for years.  Just look at mine.

Bird Table with roof –

old bird table

old bird table

 I used this bird table for years and years.  The legs are rotten.  I now lean it against a tree to keep it propped us.

Open top bird table

I put the birdtable near our laurel hedge (the hedge is evergreen and gives shelter to a lot of birds) 

bird table sheltered by a hedge

bird table sheltered by a hedge

This hanging feeder has proved useful. 

 

Hanging bird feeder protected by a meshed cage

Hanging bird feeder protected by a meshed cage

CLICK HERE FOR A REVIEW ABOUT THE CAGED BIRD FEEDER AND HOW TO BUY

There are loads of differnt types of bird tables and bird feeders to choose from but basically they all do the same job – they feed birds.  If you do buy one they will last a long time.

There are many types of bird feeders. Some are open, some are squirrel resistant, some are caged to keep out the larger birds and predators. 

There are also many types of bird tables.  Some are open topped and some have a roof. 

The two bird tables in the photos serve their purpose even though they are old.

More photos in future weeks.

CAGED BIRD FEEDER

FOR SALE CAGED BARREL SEED FEEDER FOR GARDEN BIRDS

This hanging bird feeder is –

  • 12 inches tall
  • Holds about 600 g of seed
  • hangs freely from branches or a hook

This robust bird feeder has a

  • large central food holder
  • frame that deters squirrels and larger birds and so allows smaller birds to feed easily. 

caged barrel seed feeder

This ‘birdcage’ style feeder lets small garden birds slip through the bars to feed.

It is –

  • Functional
  • strong – the top, bars and base are netal
  • easy to fill

Metal bars keeps squirrels out which is one reason I invested in this feeder.  It also keeps large birds out such as pigeons.

It will last years and is ideal for attracting small birds.

The feed tube in the centre is surrounded and protected by a metal roof, bars and base.

  • Feed tray at the base of the feeder
  • The clear plastic tube lets bird seed flow into the tray.
  • There are drainage holes in the tray.

bird seed flows from the base of the feeder

 

  • The lock-on lid which is chained on keeps squirrels out and yet is easy for me to fill.

 chained lid on the seed feeder

  • The clear plastic feed tube has one opening at the base of the feeder.  This means the whole transparant feed tube will keep the seed dry.

RESULT / HOW I TESTED THIS HANGING BARREL SEED FEEDER –

I hung this bird feeder from a branch on a tree.  It was sheltered from the bad weather and a variety of birds used it

Unfortunately larger birds such as crows and rooks used it as well. A black agile crow clung to a branch, stretched its body out and put its beak through the bars.  It managed to get at the feed.  For this reason I had to move it to an open position

CLICK HERE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FINDING MORE ABOUT THE BARREL SEED FEEDER

Produced in China – it would be nice if we could produce something similar here in Britain.  I’m sure there’s such a lot of people who have the knowledge.