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What Type of Feeder is This?

by Tami V.
(Wilson, NY)

A Sturdy Fly Thru Feeder

A Sturdy Fly Thru Feeder

Is this some type of bird feeder?

If so, is it missing glass sides.

What type of food would be used?

It's very heavy, like cast iron.

Thank you.


Hi Tami

Thank you for asking!

This is a beautiful bird feeder. It is called a fly thru feeder. It was not designed to hold glass or plastic sides. The birds fly in, land, pick the seed they want to eat and fly off. Of course some birds will stay and dine for a while.

This open and easy type of feeder will draw a variety of birds. It allows large and small birds to access the bird food without hindrance. In contrast to a tube feeder which easily accommodates small birds but larger birds find them hard to perch on.

Filling it with a mixed seed will draw a wide array of birds, especially if it contains striped sunflower seed, black-oil sunflower seed, white millet and peanuts. Or you can fill it with just black-oil sunflower which is the bread and butter of the bird world because most common backyard birds eat it readily.

Try to avoid seed blends with red millet, grains like wheat, rye, barley and oats. Most songbirds do not eat these seeds and you will be left with a pile of waste on the ground under your feeder where it will attract rodents or just rot, making a mess. You can find help for fixing bird feeding messes here.

This type of feeder will bring Cardinals, House Finches, Goldfinches, Purple Finches, Chickadees, Sparrows, Bluejays, Chickadees, Woodpeckers and Nuthatches. It may also attract Grosbeaks and Titmouse depending on where you live.

It may result in attracting birds you don't want too because of the easy access it provides, such as Blackbirds and Starlings. Get help for that here.

This is an attractive feeder and will last a very long time. You will need to clean this feeder regularly and refill with fresh seed. How often will depend on how many birds you get and how much seed is left in the corners uneaten. Unfortunately with this style of feeder the birds are pooping on the seed as they hop through picking what they want to eat. So a lot of traffic will require cleaning more often.

It appears in the picture you sent that it will need to be mounted on a pole or deck rail. This may result in squirrels being attracted and having easy access. If this is the case then you may want to solve this problem with ideas here

Hope this helps you Tami!

Happy birding!

Judy


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