Are you looking to purchase a couple of Tube Feeders?
Good For You!
You've come to the right place for feeder information.
After you are finished here, you will know just what to look for in your investment.
Tubes are specially designed to hold seed mixes or blends, to sunflower seeds or chips.
Perches are small to accommodate small birds, yet again, some newer models offer circular and "U" shaped perches to allow for more comfort and possibly larger birds.
Trays and perches can be added so larger birds like cardinals can feed from the bottom of the feeder as well.
Tube feeders are the most popular feeder.
They come in sizes from 6 inches to over 3 feet long. You can chose a skinny or wide one.
They come in clear plastics with colored tops and bases, or you can find solid metal feeders in colors like red or blue or tubes made of PVC.
They come with or without trays.
Some have suction cups ready to attach to windows.
Some are considered throw away feeders and others come with lifetime guarantees.
There are basic tubes and ones that have elaborate decorations. These feeders can be easy to clean and fill or they can be a big pain in the neck.
Feeders come in price ranges from a few dollars to over $100.00.
You want a feeder that is easy to maintain.
One that you can fill without wrestling with it and one you can clean with little effort.
Three manufacturers fit the bill for what I am looking for in a tube feeder.
Aspects, Droll Yankees, and Duncraft.
Because they are easy to clean and fill.
Certain models of Aspects and Droll Yankees feeders offer twist off or push buttons so the bottom come off for easier cleaning.
You will pay more, but it is worth it.
They're also American made products and most of them come with a manufacturer's Lifetime Guarantee.
I might add, that Droll Yankees and Aspects only sell in specialty stores (Not Big Box Stores).
Droll Yankees even guarantees against squirrel damage!
I like guarantees, don't you?
They can Guarantee their products because they are made well.
Zinc or aluminum is used for the base, tops, feeder ports and perches.
Squirrels can't chew through metal.
The thicker poly carbon (plastic) from these manufacturers is coated with a UV inhibitor so your tube feeder doesn't yellow and become brittle.
You can lift the top and fill them with no hassles and the top stays put in the most severe wind storms.
Cleaning is a breeze with these feeders as well. With minimal effort, ports and bottoms can be removed for a thorough cleaning.
I like that!
All three companies give me several options in size and color.
I can add a tray if I want to and accessories like cages and hangers are also available.
I like that, because I don't like seed trays on my tubes feeders.
Birds get sick by messing around in other birds messes.
Trays also invite unwanted guests like starlings.
Feeders from Perky Pet, Opus and other companies fit in the middle to lower end of the scale.
Many feeders are made in China and I have yet to find one last any length of time or has a lifetime guarantee.
These tube feeders though they may look attractive are built to throw away.
The clear plastic tubes yellow from the weather and become brittle. Plastic feeder ports get chewed off or in time crack off.
To many times, trays are attached that you can't remove and if they crack off, your tube feeder is toast.
Metal ports and caps will last longer, but the whole design concept is flawed.
I don't want caps that blow away or domes I have to unscrew just to fill my feeder.
Cutesy feeders from companies like Bird Brain are functional, yet I want a feeder that is practical and easy to take care of, Don't you?
If a less expensive tube feeder is all you can afford, then by all means purchase it and hope you can buy one that will last next time around.
Yard art is great, but not on my tube feeders. I want something that attracts the birds.
NEVER buy a glass or ceramic feeder.
While glass and ceramic feeders look pretty and artsy, they are not practical and aren't made by "Bird People".
Wind storms, hail damage, cold weather, wayward objects, all can do damage to glass feeders.
The last thing I want to do is pick up pieces of glass or worse, have someone step on a sharp piece of glass.
I want a Tube Feeder I can fill quickly if the weather isn't cooperating.
I want a feeder that I can maintain with few or no hassles.
I want a feeder that will last.
Do you want to buy one feeder now and have it last or keep buying a feeder every other year?
Do you want a feeder that is functional or one that is cute, but a pain to fill and clean?
Sure you pay a few bucks more now, but after you buy two or three of the cheap feeders, you are paying more in the long run.
I want trays to be optional.
I want a guarantee.
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