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Bluetitkeeper



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:16 am    Post subject: Recommended bird tables. Reply with quote

Can anyone recommend a decent, not to expensive bird table to buy please that they do use now or have done in the past?
Just looking for suggestions for Winter.
I looked in a Homebase store and for the price, they were not great standard-
off-set wood, uneven etc.. great for getting rotten wood quickly!

I would prefer a roof to keep off Crows and Pigeons as they hoover up the food!

Retail or web based, I don't mind looking at a few links!
Of course I will keep browsing the web myself too... Wink
Just if you have one that you think is great, let me know.

Also while I remember-
Are food stations (hangs feeders) worth a purchase?
I think feeders hang too low to get any interest of the side of bird tables in my garden so I am interested in buying a tall one of these too!

Thanks,
BTK.

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WildlifePaul



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the garden deluxe pole one like this one
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Deluxe-Bird-Feeding-Station-4-Feeder-Hooks-Tray-Bath-by-Gardman/273264401973
I put hanging baskets over my feeders to stop the bigger birds, Also stops the sparrow hawk attacks, They hit the baskets and gives birds time to escape so come in handy for that.
This is my little set up, Keep all my sunflower heart feeders on this then I have a "fat tree" where all my suet / fat balls / suet pellets / nuts hang on.

Homemade cage feeder
Homemade cage feeder
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The "Fat Tree"
The "Fat Tree"
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Hope gives you some ideas, I don't like the wooden bird tables, Always too small and low for hanging feeders like you said.
Good luck with setting up the new feeder.

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Bluetitkeeper



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great Paul,

I will look into ordering one like this, as all my bird tables always rot, even after varnishing within a year or blow down in the storms!

Thanks for the reply! Very Happy

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2018:
1x Open fronted Robin box (Fledged in April)
1x 32mm Great tit box (Fledged in May)
1x 28mm Blue tit box (Fledged in June)
*New Blue tit camera box to be installed in August!
*New feeding station to be installed in August!
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Bluetitkeeper



Joined: 02 Apr 2018
Posts: 164
Location: London

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WildlifePaul wrote:
I have the garden deluxe pole one like this one
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Deluxe-Bird-Feeding-Station-4-Feeder-Hooks-Tray-Bath-by-Gardman/273264401973
I put hanging baskets over my feeders to stop the bigger birds, Also stops the sparrow hawk attacks, They hit the baskets and gives birds time to escape so come in handy for that.
This is my little set up, Keep all my sunflower heart feeders on this then I have a "fat tree" where all my suet / fat balls / suet pellets / nuts hang on.

Homemade cage feeder
Homemade cage feeder
Poster: WildlifePaul, viewed 36 Time(s)


The "Fat Tree"
The "Fat Tree"
Poster: WildlifePaul, viewed 31 Time(s)

Hope gives you some ideas, I don't like the wooden bird tables, Always too small and low for hanging feeders like you said.
Good luck with setting up the new feeder.


Hi Paul,

Does your feeder station sit on concrete or is it stakes into the lawn?!
I don’t want mine tipping in winds!

Also, do you not use a seed mixture?
I was thinking using Sunflower hearts, Peanuts and Fat balls.

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2018:
1x Open fronted Robin box (Fledged in April)
1x 32mm Great tit box (Fledged in May)
1x 28mm Blue tit box (Fledged in June)
*New Blue tit camera box to be installed in August!
*New feeding station to be installed in August!
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WildlifePaul



Joined: 28 Apr 2015
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Location: Liverpool

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robbie,
You can buy a patio concrete stand for the feeder pole to slide into
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gardman-Feeding-Station-Patio-Stand/dp/B0017RKDPC

What I did though is buy a large flower pot from the garden center got some concrete mix put some bricks at bottom to hold the feeder in place pour concrete mix in let it set and your feeder will be solid into the large pot that is full of concrete so it will be moving no where, left few inches at top to put some stones on top to make it look abit fancy worked out cheaper and stronger than the concrete stand.

picture below shows where the bottom feeder goes into for my feeder.

Off I go been fed now
Off I go been fed now
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WildlifePaul



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also missed out, No I only use sunflower hearts, Mixed seed goes to waste in my garden. All the birds love sunflower hearts though so its a win win. When buying sunflower hearts though Ebay is your best bet.
Shops normally charge £2 / £2.50 per kg I get 22.7kg sacks off ebay for just £22 with free next day delivery works out £1 a kg, I go through a 22kg sack every 3 / 4 weeks so big saver.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/22-67-KG-SUNFLOWER-HEARTS-FOR-WILD-BIRD-FEEDING/273391920694

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