Over the last month I’ve been thinking about designing a feeder that would cater for more of the birds that visit our garden.
Based on current sales the most popular bird feeder we sell is the standard 1.5 litre tui feeder but it has limitations as it only offers sweetened water. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching the tuis feeding and passionately believe that they warrant a special feeder all to themselves. We have three at various locations within our garden.
The photo above shows the smorgasbord feeder which is the latest addition to our ever growing range of bird feeders. Within just a few days of launching this new model one sold.
After making the first prototype I hung the feeder on a nearby tree to assess the response and as expected it was soon discovered. As yet I haven’t see my friends the tuis feeding from it but shouldn’t take too long.
As tuis are very territorial I imagine some squabbles will take place on or around this new feeder. Tuis don’t like to share and will chase other birds away if they encroach into their personal space. Occasionally sparrows stop by to drink from their feeders but it’s usually a brief stop as the tuis swoop in at high speed to send them packing.
One minor teething problem I had whilst trialing the smorgasbord feeder was the feeding trays being blown away in high winds. To rectify I attached a adjustable bar which now keeps them in place. The birds also seem to appreciate this addition as it’s another great place to perch to check out the menu.
Now with all the various feeders about the place we must have some of the most spoilt birds around.