Copper Spiral Nyjer (Thistle) Feeder - 17 inch
Consumers and birds LOVE patented Songbird Essentials BirdQuest Spiral Feeders! More ports means more birds. Birds love to Run The Spiral instead of flying to another perch. This feeder not only looks great in your yard, it is also well made and affordable.
- Lifetime warranty on workmanship and normal wear and tear.
- Aluminum and stainless steel parts.
- Squirrel-proof: patented locking lid.
- Easy to clean: twist and clean (patent pending) bottom comes completely off for easy cleaning. This allows you to fill the top one time and the bottom the next. This means seed never gets old or moldy.
- Easy to hang: looped wire hanging cable included (150 lb. test) and attached. Holds cap, so you don't have to wonder where you put it.
- 2.5 Quart capacity (1.5 pounds).
- Optional 7.5" Seed Tray (sold separately).
- Use the SESQ83 12 inch Hanging Baffle or SE120 Copper 16 inch Weather Block Baffle to help protect your seed and feeder from squirrels and weather.
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I bought this for my hubby as he loves feeding the birds. It is a great quality feeder. The birds love it! The spiral is a very nice touch!
Looks just as it does in the pictures. Looking forward to using it this winter
This is our second feeder as the bears found it as desirable as the birds. Great looking feeder the only issue we had was drainage. The bottom of the feeder only has a few small holes, we added about 10 more and the problem went away.
I previously left a review for this plastic tube feeder a few days ago giving it a good review as the birds were eating from it and appeared to like it. Since then we have had several days of rain. I have two nyjer seed feeders One is a metal mesh feeder the other is the plastic tube feeder I am reviewing. The mesh feeder is the best. I have found that with the plastic tube feeder water and dampness are contained inside the tube and as there is no air flow it causes the seed to rot on the bottom. I would return the item and exchange for another but due to it now being used I am stuck with it. I just took it apart and had to dig out the rotted seed at the bottom. I will not purchase this type of nyjer seed feeder again.
Thanks for your feedback--we appreciate it! I forwarded your review to the manufacturer, Songbird Essentials, to let them know and ask if they have ever considered making their spiral nyjer feeder with metal mesh.
On the mold topic, I can suggest the following things to help, if you haven't tried them already... Here are some thoughts I can share, based on my own experience using this feeder and talking with customers:
1) Be sure you are taking advantage of the bottom filling feature. Turn the feeder upside down, remove the bottom cap, and pour new seed in, so the oldest seed ends up on top and is consumed first. Tipping the feeder upside down and rightside up every few days can help, especially after rain to help prevent caking of the nyjer seed and impeded drainage. I try not to leave the same seed in the feeder longer than a 1-1.5 weeks.
2) Discard any seed that has become moldy and thoroughly clean the feeder with a ~10% bleach solution and rinse thoroughly before refilling, making sure the drains in the clear bottom tray of the bottom cap are unplugged, so the feeder drains properly. Here's a post about this cleaning topic, if you are interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXZeZQBSRQg
3) Try using a natural seed and feeder protector to help keep seed dry and avoid caking, impeded drainage, and molding. I do recommend the Feeder Fresh product: https://nature-niche.com/products/feeder-fresh
4) Be sure your feeder is located such that it doesn't get hit by your or a neighbor's sprinkler systems.
5) If you live in an area that receives a lot of rain and/or the air is very humid, consider purchasing a weather guard/squirrel baffle to minimize the amount of rain water that reaches the feeder. We sell several clear plastic and metal versions, if that helps.
6) Something of a pain, but if you know a big storm is coming, pull your feeders inside until the weather clears--it's the surest way to keep seed dry and know it won't spoil.
Hope these tips help!
Bears took my last feeder and the cheaper ones at the big box stores just were not cutting it. Glad I picked this up, well made and sturdy, and the birds seem to like the wrapped footholds as much as the regular perches. Win win for me. Would purchase again. (And might have to if the bear comes back)