Good but advice neededI do not have a squirrel problem and am very happy with this product. I found a greenfinch on the feeder yesterday that wasn't feeding just sitting there feathers puffed out and it looked unwell I was able to approach it within a couple of feet before it flew away which is very unusual. I suspect Trichomonosis. Every time the feeder is empty (am feeding sunflower hearts) I dismantle it and spray to the point of run off the inside and outside together with base and perches etc with Dettol solution and leave it for 10 minutes or so for the disinfectant to do its work. I then thoroughly wash it in very hot soapy water and then rinse thoroughly in cold water. The parts are then dried reassembled and it is refilled. Is there something in my hygiene regime that needs to change or am I doing the right thing in order to help prevent the spread of this wicked and cruel disease. There are others with bird feeders in my locality but I don't know their hygiene regime in relation to the feeders. Be grateful for your advice
RSPB response: Thank you for your question regarding cleaning. You are using exactly the right technique in cleaning your feeders this way. By keeping your feeders clean it will help prevent the spread of diseases such as Trichomonosis. The key factor to remember is that if you find sick or dead birds, to take down your feeders, give them a good clean and then hold fire on feeding for a few weeks (so do not refill and re-site them straightaway), at least until you can no longer see any sick birds.
By Chris, on 18 Jul 2016
look positiveI have read reviews on this and other feeders; let's think, and look, positively about "the squirrel problem"; for instance, someone who experiences this problem, and yet writes a 'down' review about it (using a feeder which RSPB specifically say is not suitable for gardens which have squirrels), is misleading and unfair; also squirrels and birds in general cannot and should NOT be blamed for diseases in anyone's garden, which they may well bring in from other gardens....feeders, if kept clean should be sufficient. By Daisy, on 26 Jun 2016
Waste of moneyDespite being protected by a guardian, this was completely destroyed by a squirrel in less than 24 hours. Stuck his head through the cage and gnawed through all the perches and ports, so that the seed can be eaten freely. I'd previously had the easy-clean feeder, which has metal ports and this had taken the squirrel just short of 1year to chew through. I thought that this was a bit rubbish so didn't see the point in buying another expensive one and would try the cheaper plastic version. Big mistake. Be aware that the classic feeder has plastic ports so is only suitable for gardens without a squirrel problem (even if you use a guardian). Could a guardian be made with smaller holes?
RSPB response: Thanks for your review, as you suggest we do state that classic feeders are only suitable for gardens without squirrels. If the gaps in the guard were smaller, many smaller garden birds would be excluded, as well as the squirrels. Squirrel buster feeders are the most effective for persistent squirrel problems, as the ports close under the weight of a squirrel. By Helen, on 29 Jun 2015
RSPB Classic seed feeder medium
- Product information
Great-value, best-selling seed feeders for gardens where birds are not in competition with squirrels - or for use in conjunction with guardians.
Made with tough UV-stabilised polycarbonate tubing to prevent yellowing caused by sunlight.
Our Classic feeders have polypropylene fittings and are extremely well made, highly durable - and versatile.
Hang from hooks, hang on, or mount on top of our RSPB feeder pole (R0318) using the screw thread in the base of the feeder. Add seed trays or guardians if you wish.
Suitable for year round feeding.
Keeping your bird feeders clean will help keep your birds healthy, happy and coming back for more.
Learn more at www.rspb.org.uk/advice or call our Wildlife Enquiries team on 01767 693690 Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm.
Height 38 cm
Capacity 475-580 g (depending on seed type)
4 feeding ports
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