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Angelo



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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 11:21 am    Post subject: Caged bird feeder Reply with quote

I thought I share this info that many seem to require
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Angelo

http://www.gardenbird.co.uk/Caged-Worm-Feeder/Bird-Food/40-57-1501,default,pd.html
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Strixaluco



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Location: Mayford, Sy

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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two like this - but 4 years ago I had to do some modifications! There's quite a long thread about it her:

http://forum.biggonline.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=36188

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Angelo



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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's fantastic ! I thought I was the only one having these kind of problems.
I have reduced the three or four bigger holes in mine and everything seems ok at the moment. I love sparrows but I'm afraid I have a lots around here and they finish the mealworms in minutes, just like the starlings so I have to keep them out. Unfortunatley the Robin is the same size as the sparrows so he misses out as well. Crying or Very sad
What can I do ? I have to make a decision and stick to it.
Only the blue tits manage to enter the cage
Mind you I do put out a few biscuits for the others. Wink
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Angelo



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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 12:39 pm    Post subject: looks familiar ? Reply with quote


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Angelo



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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually had to get three of these cause I went away for a week end in Italy. I inserted bigger containers in them and I filled them with one pound of regular mealworms that just lasted for the 4 days ! The joy of finding the ten chicks well and healthy when I arrived back was enormous


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seb-mac



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wondering do tits still use these feeders when they are placed on a bird table? Or do they prefer them to be hanging? I have got some 28mm plates to cover the holes, so before i put them on iam trying to figure out the best way to use it. Also if any1 has any advice of making a hole smaller but big enough so the robins can use it, that would be great
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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two of these caged feeders. One is on a shelf right outside the study window, near where I sit - i just have to turn my head to watch it. while i am looking at my screen, I'm often aware of some movement - and usually it's a robin, keeping an eye on me! I think the bluetits are more wary, and tend to fly up into the nearby shrub when I move.

The other feeder is on a wheelie bin that we can see from the kitchen window. I reduced the height of the holes a long time ago (when a starling managed to squeeze in) by wiring pieces of Meccano across the top of some holes, and closing off the others completely with a few strands of wire.

You can read about the starling and the cage here:
http://www.forum.biggonline.co.uk/viewtopic.php?p=36268

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seb-mac



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the blue tits still use them but are more wary. This shouldnt be too much of a problem, my cage feeder is down the bottom of the garden. So not much chance of people scaring them off
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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's only my presence by the study window that makes the bluetits wary - they use the cage on the wheelie bin with no hesitation at all, even when I'm at the kitchen sink!
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seb-mac



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you think its the same with nest boxes? The reason i ask is, my nest box is above my door and below a window. Not had any birds nesting the past two years. Maybe they are too wary because of its position?
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roditweet



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IF ITS IN FULL SUNLIGHT for most of the day ....... this would be a reason ..
too hot for chicks ..... (in nest box)

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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

seb-mac wrote:
Do you think its the same with nest boxes? The reason i ask is, my nest box is above my door and below a window. Not had any birds nesting the past two years. Maybe they are too wary because of its position?

I feel that a nest box above a door is not in a good position - too much disturbance. This site might help you: http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/helpingbirds/nestboxes/smallbirds/siting.aspx

I have read elsewhere that a box should face between north and southeast, through east - though as the RSPB say, it also depends on what shade is available from trees and buildings.

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