Each working week my days are mostly taken up with the making of tui feeders whilst tuning in to Leighton Smith mornings on Newstalk ZB. Much of what I do is repetitious so radio talk back breaks the monotony and helps to keep me informed with whats happening in the world.
If I’m going to be totally honest I do “occasionally” sneak away from the workshop to check on the veggie patch, chooks and bees. If my dear wife reads this I’m in trouble as she has the impression that I conscientiously toil away from 9 till 5.
That aside between talk back, machining, assembling and finishing I have plenty of time to think about how our bird feeders can be enhanced or improved.
The time frame for a new idea to get the “olde grey matter”churning to when it becomes a reality is usually about 3 to 4 weeks depending on how busy I am with orders.
Some time back it occurred to me that feeding the birds would be much simpler if the various suet feeders scattered around our garden were attached to the tui feeders. It was so obvious and within 15 minutes I had created our latest product which we have decided to call the “tui feeder combo”. That same day a customer dropped by to collect a deluxe tui feeder for his Mum for mother’s day and upon seeing the combo thought it would work well in her garden.
This recipe to attract more birds to fewer places and to have them competing for the same food made sense and seemed like such a good idea. Combining the feeders around our back yard has resulted in many more birds dropping by and has made watching them more entertaining.
If tui could talk yes I know some can, mimic at least, I’d imagine responses something along these lines.
“You idiot look what you’ve done … now every bird in the district will be making a nuisance of themselves around our feeders”.
“This is such a dumb idea … you should know that these common garden variety type birds will be hell bent on stealing our food”.
“Standing watch …. really we have better things to be doing”.
Tui being very territorial and unwilling to share will chase and harass birds that come too close to its domain. Watching their antics can be very amusing and any bird seeking a snack has to be very quick. The tui in the photo at the top of the page can often be seen standing watch over the feeder.
If you have previously purchased our standard tui feeder like the one above attaching a suet feeder is as simple as drilling two 5 millimetre holes in the base. To ensure a good balance these should be positioned approximately 125 mm in from the rear edge of the base, 25 mm in from the side and equal distance from the side roof supports.
Hole positions for adding a suet feeder are shown below.
We use a thin wire bent over at one end to form a small hook to drag the string through the tui feeder base, suet feeder roof and body. A simple knot tied at either end of the string is all that’s required to keep everything in place.
Our range of suet feeders can be viewed by clicking here or visiting the “Garden Shop”.
We have recently added the deluxe tui feeder combo (includes suet feeder) to our range of hanging and pole mounted models. They include a water or food dish plus a feeder block which keeps pieces of apples and citrus in place.
During winter a half cut mandarin or tangelo attached to the feeder block will result in birds like the silver eyes arriving en mass.
Position a deluxe tui feeder combo in that favourite spot or tree in your garden and the birds will love you for it.