Encyclopaedia of Birdcare
Tubular FeedersFeeding devices in the form of transparent tubes with apertures providing the birds with access to the contents, usually with perches fitted at these points. They can be used as hanging feeders or in some cases they may be fitted to the tops of garden poles. A wide range of sizes is available, from small versions 2OOmm (8in) high to a massive one 1220mm (48in) tall with 12 feeding points and a capacity of 3.5 kilos (7.7 lbs). The latter type forms part of the B7 range manufactured by the American firm Droll Yankees Inc., who introduced the original tubular feeder, the famous A6 model, in 1969. Good quality feeders of this type, such as those made by Droll Yankees and the J- Range designs from the New Generation range offered by Jacobi Jayne & Company, have durable polycarbonate tubes and feeding points made of rust-proof aluminium alloy, with strong stainless steel hanging wires. It is possible to mount seed trays on the bottoms of these feeders so that less agile birds are also catered for. Tubular feeders are normally used for seed of various types, notably sunflower seed and seed mixtures, whereas peanuts are fed in mesh-type feeders. Birds ranging from tits and finches to Robins and thrushes are attracted to tubular feeders.
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