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Here’s a brief look at the types of feeders we stock:
Seed feeder: This type of feeder is suitable for bird seed mixes – Black Sunflower Seeds, Sunflower Hearts, Huskfree Advance, Original Wild Bird Food, Premium Wild Bird Food, Feeder Seed, Native Finch and High Energy Extra. The design of this feeder ensures that seed mixes will flow through easily through it (so the level will drop down as the birds take the food). Sizes in our range go from two port right up to the 12 port. If it can be afforded, it really is better to go for a larger seed feeder and the reason for this is that finches, in particular, prefer to feed in flocks – Goldfinches: charms (so from perhaps 6 birds up to 20 or more) and therefore, a very small feeder will not be able to cope with the number of garden birds trying to get onto it. For many people, the 6 port feeder is ideal and having several of these positioned at different points of the garden is a good approach.
Niger feeder: The principle of this feeder is similar to the seed feeder in that the seed flows down the tube as the birds take the bird food. However, and as the name suggests, this feeder is for Niger seed (and also our Goldfinch & Siskin Mix). The reason that Niger seed needs a special Niger feeder is that its tiny size and tendency to flow very easily means that it would pour out of the ports on a normal seed feeder. So the holes in the tube are very small but certainly big enough for the main species which eats Niger – the Goldfinch – to take the seeds out.
Peanut feeder: Whole Peanuts should always be fed from a mesh feeder. The reason is that the relatively large size of a whole peanut is difficult for many species to eat (though they’ll often try) and there’s also the danger of young birds choking on the nut if they were given it by a parent. The species of bird that will feed on a peanut feeder are fairly mixed, but will generally be any of the tits, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Siskin and Great Spotted Woodpecker. The latter are far more common that many people think and attracting them to most gardens – certainly in more rural areas or on the edges of towns and cities – is relatively easy.
Soft Foodв„ў Robin feeder and window feeder: These types of feeders can be used for bird seed mixes, but are really intended for Soft Foodsв„ў such as Prosecto Insectivorousв„ў and Mealworm Crumbleв„ў and they are also ideal for Live Mealworms and Dried Mealworms. A key reason for the suitability is that Soft Foodsв„ў need to be kept dry (they’ll go into a bit of sludge if they get wet) and the ‘roof’ of each type of feeder will keep the rain off them. The other reason that this type of feeder is needed for soft foods is that they can’t be fed from a tube feeder – they’d simply clog the feeder up and won’t drop down as the food is taken.
Bird feeding cages for suet feasts and fat balls: Suet Feasts ideally need a bird feeder cage so they can be hung from a branch or hook, and for the birds that feed on them to hold on to.
Bird tables and just using the ground: Birds such as the Dunnock, Song Thrush and Blackbird won’t use any of the feeders already detailed – they’re just not adapted to feed in this way. For these sorts of species, they’ll usually feed on a bird table or simply from the ground.All our products may contain traces of nuts and all products have been packed in an environment that handles peanuts.