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Q. Are the birds scared by the bright colours?
A. No, they love them. A very satisfied customer has made this fab video of birds feeding on one of our feeders, have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIrYuWBik1E
Q. Are they squirrel-proof?
A. No squirrels have managed to break into them yet. Four Flock-Follies bird feeders have been hanging in a garden that’s in a ‘squirrel motorway’ since November 2009.
Q. How do the birds get in?
A. They land on one of the perches on the feeder and when they see the food available, they hop in through the bird-shaped holes.
Q. Are they easy to fill and clean?
A. Yes. The bottom slides away on the stainless steel rope, making cleaning and filling simple.
Q. How often should I clean my bird feeder and what should I use?
A. Once or twice a week should be fine, depending on how many birds are using the feeder. Clean with an antibacterial spray and keep a special cloth or brush for the job. Always wash your hands after handling your feeder.
Q. How long will it take the birds to use my feeder?
A. This varies. It can take 3 to 4 weeks for birds to start using a new feeder. It might be that they don’t like where you have put it, so move it around to find their preferred spot. Also, you will have more success with new feeders between November and March when food is harder to find. If you are new to feeding the birds, they will need time to discover the new restaurant in town, so it might take a little longer, but once word gets out, they will all be visiting.
Q. Where is the best place to put my feeder?
A. Small birds like to enter the garden in a series of stages. Observe the bird behaviour in your garden to discover their habits and paths they use. A good place might be along the line of bird traffic, in a fairly sheltered spot.
If you share your garden with cats (yours or someone else’s), place your feeder in a more exposed position to enable the birds to spot danger approaching.
Q. What kind of birds will use my feeder?
A. All the small and vulnerable birds in your area, such as tits, sparrows, wrens, robins, nuthatches and finches, yet deter larger birds, vermin and squirrels.You might even encourage some new ones.