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Does anyone else have problems with their bird feeders.  We have two that are similar, one for wild bird seed and the other for sunflower hearts.  Both have the same type of feeding holes, which when the birds eat the seeds, extra seed is supposed to drop down to replenish it automatically.  However our seed does drop down, meaning that we have to poke or bump the feeder for more food to fill the holes.  This means a lot of the seed just falls out and is wastedimage.  Difficult to describe, but if anyone has a similarly styled feeder they may be encountering the same problems?

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Those holes look a bit small to be honest GD and I wonder if that's part of the problem.  I use to get that issue with my old plastic feeders but I've been using Gardman large heavy duty seed feeders for about 4 or 5 years now.  They work great and are easy to disassemble for cleaning.  Also squirrel proof (I don't think you have that problem though, if I remember correctly, you lucky thing!):

    http://www.gardman.co.uk/wild-bird-care/feeders/large-heavy-duty-seed-feeder.html

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks for the recommendation Bob, I have just looked at the link you provided.  They aren't cheap (we have 4 or 5 various feeders in total).  I will take a look at the GC tomorrow see if I can find a Gardman feeder. You are right, we don't have squirrels over here, but no foxes or badgers either, which is a pity but apparently there isn't enough food to sustain them either.

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