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  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,290

    And here..

    Not sure where to buy from though, but i havent read the link fully. They are metal so should be squirrel resistent.

  • pashpash Posts: 109

    In the 2010 brochure, if its been out for two years someone must have seen it, cheaper then i thought it would be.

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,290

    Cheapest I could find was ebay at £18.25 delivered (item number 150838076653) . Ive just bought one to try. Search google for 'natures feast twist', quite a few places selling them for around £21. Dont know why they dont appear in their own brochure though!

  • pashpash Posts: 109

    Let us know how you get on with it, i mainly get Goldie's in my garden, the niger takes a beating but most of the other seeds i put out are wasted

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,290

    Similar story in my garden. Niger for the Goldies, and sunflower hearts for the finches/sparrows/tits. Though with the new feeder Im hoping to introduce other seeds.

  • pashpash Posts: 109

    You could try a bit of green stuff, lettuce, apple, chickweed, dandelion heads, and for something a bit different cuttlefish bone, a good pet shop will stock it,

  • Carol McCarol Mc Posts: 16

    This was my first time on the forum and I have really gained so much information.  Thank you all for your help. Apart from the small feeders I have a "feeding station" as they call it - which I used to move around on account of seed spillage.  I now don't bother as I was running out of spots to move it to and was getting bald patches in the lawn.  I have built a kind of rockery with large stones at the base  of the feeding station and don't worry about the grass. I also use a large mesh tray for the ground feeders. I have a good selection of visitors to my little gardern including quite recently a female blackcap (according to my bird guide). Once again thank you all. 

  • I'm wondering how easy to clean the 'tornado' feeder is?  You'll have to let us know LeadFarmer!
    I find that the goldfinches hog the sunflower hearts and only deign to eat the nyger when the sunflower seeds are gone.  I liked the idea of baking trays on the bottom of the feeders though.  I bought a couple of feeders last year with round plastic trays on but found that the smaller birds wouldn't use the bottom feeder holes as it was too far to reach from the edge and they didn't like standing on the base of the tray.  The starlings just emptied the mixed seed out to get at what they wanted (fat pellets in the mix) so in about 10 minutes all the seed was in the tray....not good!

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,290
    I'll let you know when i get it. I imagine if the feeder ports are removable then a pipe cleaner xhould do the job?
  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,290

    As promised, an update regarding my Tornado Twist feeder which arrived today. Its quite a large feeder, slightly wider in diameter than my current feeders. It has metal feeding ports & lid, whilst the feeder itself is the usual lightweight plastic.

    Im using sunflower hearts in one section, and different seed mix in the other two. Ive only part filled the two mixed seed sections as I want to ensure the small seed Im using doesnt just run out by itself.  Heres some photos..

     And heres a photo showing a bluetit on the opposite feeder, to give some idea of scale...

     The real test will be when Mr Woodpigeon tries to use it. Hopefully he wont be able to get a perch on it.....?

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