Simply put, a tube feeder is a bird feeder that
holds bird seed in a tube.
There are many types of bird feeders to choose from, but these are my favorite because:
They can be made with one or several tubes. Each compartment can hold a different type of birdseed.
This is great if you want to attract more than one species of wild bird.
Another feature is multiple feeding locations, each with its own perch. This allows many birds to feed at the same time.
That depends, in part, on the type of bird seed you use.
We attract a wide variety of perching birds including Titmice, Chickadees, Woodpeckers, Finches and Nuthatches.
If you want to attract Goldfinches you will need to put out nyjer seed, which finches prefer. The size of this seed is very small and requires a special kind of feeder. It is sold as a thistle feeder. If you put nyjer thistle in a regular feeder, many seeds will fall out before being eaten.
As with any bird feeder, it will need to be cleaned.
I use a large cone shaped brush for my feeder. I think it was designed to clean refrigerator coils.
Tube feeders' design exposes the seed to rain. If there is a bad stretch of weather it is best to store the feeder in a dry location. This will reduce the chance of the seed getting moldy.
If the birdseed is in the bird feeder too long it may become moldy. Since the birdseed in the bottom will be there the longest, be sure and empty the feeder before refilling.
I use a small cup for refilling to reduce spilling seeds.
These feeders can hold several pounds of food. It is best to use cable or chain when hanging.
I am not sure if any bird feeder is truly squirrel proof. However, many feeders are designed to deter squirrels. There are styles that have a metal cage surrounding the feeder (these work very well).
One design has a dome over the top. Unfortunately some of these also include a wide tray on the bottom. I guess the theory is that the squirrel will fall off when they try to crawl down from the top.
My squirrels must be super squirrels because they jump. They will jump from the tree trunk to the feeder and hang on the tray while they eat away. I prefer a feeder designed without a bottom tray and made with metal and plastic.
If you put out a variety of bird seeds you will attract a wider variety of wild birds.
Jan 11, 17 10:20 AM
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Dec 31, 16 08:25 PM
I live near Albany, New York and I was wondering why these past 2 years we haven't seen any cardinals. Is it because the winters have been to mild. The
Dec 31, 16 08:23 PM
We have lived in this home for 12 years and have had a pair of Pileateds coming to our feeders every year all winter long. They are here all year round.