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About this product
About this product
This feeder can be filled with up to 10 fat balls or pieces of suet, peanut cake or similar items. Only small song birds can gain access to the food due through the mesh cage. Larger birds and all but the smallest squirrels are disuaded from entering the feeder. The design makes it easy to dismantle for filling and cleaning, and it can be hung, pole mounted or used free standing.
Material: The cage is constructed from powder-coated steel.
Mesh size: 55mm x 35mm
Capacity: 1 litre
Customer Reviews (1)
9 Jul 2020
Out of the box, this product is large bird proof, but is not squirrel proof. Squirrels will hang from the underneath and reach into the fat balls, scratching off large chunks and either hang upside down to eat, or drop to the floor to eat what has collected there, and repeat. Additionally, this cage caused my other squirrel-proof feeders to become ineffective, because they would hang from this cage with the majority of their weight, and reach into the seed feeder without activating the spring mechanism which normally keeps them out.
This feeder could be completely squirrel proof with some changes to the design, which I have done myself through a series of alterations. It is now very effective and only accessible to small birds.
So, I would say be prepared to make some changes to this product once it arrives, if you have squirrels in your area. Otherwise, prepare to be disappointed, as they will likely figure out how to gain access.
For those who are willing, the changes I have made are as follows:
Remove the internal fat ball holder (which is too big anyway - 10 fat balls will potentially spoil in certain weathers, plus the birds can actually land on the fat balls themselves because of the size of the mesh and the large opening, which I imagine is unhygienic for them) and replace it with a tube-shaped 3-5 fat ball holder. You may need to trim the top/base of this with wire cutters to get it to fit. Use zip ties to anchor it centrally in place. Then use a champagne cork or similar to fill the central hole in the base (otherwise squirrels can gain access from underneath). Finally, hang it separately from other feeders, or modify your feeding stand so that the cage hangs further away. I have done this with a piece of wood, hose clamps, a picture hanging bracket, and a small carabiner. This probably will not be necessary if your feeding stand has hangers at staggered heights - hang the cage above the others.
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