We have a nice little bird feeding area going on in our garden. This is one of the feeders that seems popular with the wild birds this year. I am enjoying the birds pecking and nibbling at the seed and so far we have had a good range of little feathered visitors...
***Gardman Wild Bird Large Black Steel Seed Feeder.
PRODUCT INFORMATION STATES:
Durable galvanised steel construction
Twist and lift roof for easy filling and cleaning
Ideal for feeding seed mixes and sunflower seeds
Today, we had two blue tits hanging around and a robin.
The actual feeder is quite large, so you need a good amount of seed to fill it up. It is easy to do this; the cylinder is plastic and the seed is accessible through the holes at the bottom. The metal tray is quite sturdy. With a largish metal roof where you hang it from. I like the black colour and it hangs nicely from the shepherd's crook hanger. I have seed spill on to the ground from this seeder but we don't mind this.
Does it keep the seed dry?
At present we have not had any grumbles but it could be that in the winter months the rain will collect on the bottom tray.
Do The Birds Use It?
Yes, I am constantly seeing the birds at it (including the pigeons). I am delighted that they are using it.
Which is the whole point of having it and the seed is not being wasted (as in wet and soggy and then going moldy).
Would I recommend it?
The larger feeder is a good idea so you don't need to keep filling it. The metal roof and construction is sturdy I see the little birds using the edge of the tray more than the peg perches. I prefer it to previous feeders and would recommend it therefore. There is a smaller version. It seems that no matter what the pigeons, squirrels or mice can home in to feeders and find a way to get tat he seed. Our big pigeon visitor is a devil for this a smaller feeder might not have held his weight as well!!
Yes, I would recommend this feeder but to put it in a sheltered spot. I would stay that it has been a good feeder up to now and helped by being positioned to reduce: blowing in the wind and possible rain collection over winter (beneficial to helping the birds get the most from this feeder). Don't expect seed to stay in it 100% though.
Gardman products are mostly for the garden and they have a good range of bird feeders (mostly at garden centres).
As I sit here writing I am watching several wild birds feeding on my bird feeder. I really enjoy watching wild birds and having a feeder attracts numerous birds in to my garden. The British trust for ornithology recommend that wild birds are fed all year round. When my bird feeder started to crack following a particularly cold spell I decided to invest in something a bit more robust that would last. After browsing the bird feeders on offer at my local garden centre I decided to buy a heavy duty model from Gardman. I already have a portable greenhouse made by Gardman and have been really pleased with the quality, so was happy to buy another product from their range.
What you get for your money.
Gardman makes several types of bird feeders including funky looking contempory models, wooden versions and a heavy duty steel range. They are the leading manufactures of bird feeders in the U.K and are partnered with the British ornithology society.
The bird feeder I have is made of heavy duty tubular steel with a bite and shatter proof polycarbonate tube. The tube should ensure squirrels can't get into the feeder. There are 3 metal perches and 3 ports. The feeder is quite tall measuring 33 cm in height and it can hold 640 grams of seed mix.
There is a quick release base for cleaning the feeder and perches. The feeder has a swivel type lid and is easy to fill. There is a handle at the top of the feeder and I have mine fixed to the top of a veranda. It is also possible to buy a separate pole to position the feeder if you have nowhere to hang it from.
It is really important that wild bird feeders are kept clean and with this in mind Gardman have treated their heavy duty range of feeders with a *feed safe* coating to help prevent disease. It is recommended that the feeder is cleaned every 2 months with a mild disinfectant and a brush is supplied for this purpose.
As I have indicated I really enjoy watching wild birds feeding. The feeder is really robust and feels like it has been built to last. I paid just under £20 for the feeder so would expect it to be a quality item! It is really easy to fill and stands alone without tipping over. The top swivels around smoothly and gives a wide opening.
The base is also easy to remove for cleaning and the supplied brush is a thoughtful extra and does encourage me to clean the feeder. The metal perches are positioned at an angle and at first I was a bit worried birds wouldn't like the way they leaned. However the birds seem very happy with the perches and the fact there are 3 perches and 3 feeding ports means several birds can feed together. This also makes form some interesting conflicts between the different species!
Overall I love this bird feeder and would have no hesitation in recommending it
I live with a flat mate who just loves birds. It was her who got me into feeding birds at our university flat and I managed to bring the same good habit back home. I saw this Gardman Wild Bird Large Black Steel Seed Feeder
whilst I was browsing on Amazon and I thought this could make a good addition to our garden back home. My parents love the idea of feeding the wild birds and since I have Amazon vouchers, I thought I will use the money to do something good.
The Gardman Wild Bird Large Black Steel Seed Feeder we have in our garden is the larger size one that can hold up to 650 grams of seed mix according to the manufacturer guide. I paid about £10 for one bird feeder and I think it was a very reasonable price. They do some in a smaller size 250 grams of seed, and the smaller one is retailed for £7.99. So, I went for the bigger and more economical one.
The bird feeder has black base and cap with transparent feeding tube, which makes it easier to see if the seed mix is running low or not. At the base is the two curved steel bars for the birds to perch on whilst feeding. The base and the top are easily detachable for cleaning, although I must admit it does not require regular cleaning. According to the guide, the feeder is coated to resist any bacterial growth, which is a plus for any outdoor equipment.
Our garden is quite small and is surrounded by houses around the periphery. So there are hardly any trees for birds to make a nest. So, most of the birds that feed from from this are mostly wild birds. Sparrows and pigeons are the most common ones I have seen so far. The bird feeder has a large capacity of 650 grams, so once I have top it up, I don't need re fill it until 2 weeks later usually. But if it quite a cold season where it's hard for birds to find food, it does need to be topped up regularly. I do find it quite peaceful to watch birds feed from it in the garden.
As for the durability of the product, we've had it for about 6 months now and it is still functioning well. Frequent cleaning helps of course. I have had no problems leaving the feeder out in the mercy of the British weather, so it is an advantage in such frisky climate like in the UK.
Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase and it is very nice consequences. If you like to give it a go, the smaller one is recommended, especially for suburban gardens.
Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x
Over the summer my other half decided to make the garden more bird friendly and went out and bought a bird feeder, apparently he just bought the first one he saw hence we now have a Gardman Wild Bird Large Black Steel Seed Feeder (which is a bit of a mouthful, pun intended) hanging in the garden. Of course once installed the maintenance, stocking up and everything else has been left to me to do as he goes off and thinks of other things to do in his life. Fairly typical behaviour there.
There is a loop at the top of the feeder from which you can hang it and the lid is a wide black colour which provides protection from the elements for the food inside which is stored in a clear plastic tube. At the bottom there is a tray for the seed to be accessed by the birds. Around the tray there are brackets for the birds to perch upon while they feed. Water can drain from the feed tray through small holes as in very heavy rain I have noticed that the see tray will get wet.
What I do like is that it is easy to maintain, all of the three pieces have a twist and lock system making it easy to remove and re-assemble when it needs cleaning or replenishing. Certainly the birds seem to have no real problem with feeding from it and personally I was surprised at how quickly they tracked it down and started using it. There is a bit of a problem with the design and that is that because the feed tray is not that big seed does find its way onto the ground which according to a friend may attract rodents, something neither my other half or myself really considered.
He had no idea how much he paid but looking online is sells for £9.99 so that might explain it's short comings as there are more expensive options out there. It is still a pretty well made device and the fact that it is easy to clean and maintain is a plus point. No doubt it will be even more popular when the weather gets a lot colder.
When me and my fiancé first moved into our house we discovered that the lady who lived there before us had left her old bird table behind. The old wobbly bird table would probably still be ok had our cat Layla not run into it and knocked it over in a moment of madness meaning it ended up in several pieces. We decided that we quite liked having a bird table in the garden but opted for a hanging one this time ( previous review) We also bought the Gardman Wild Bird Large Black Steel Feeder, an ideal size, easy to maintain and suitable for a variety of birds. We got this from Amazon.
The Gardman Bird Feeder is made of galvanized steel, the appearance of this item is similar to any other bird nut/ seed feeder, there is a small black steel tray, this has 4 silver metal hooks on it designed for the birds to perch on whilst using the feeder, attached to the steel tray is a clear plastic tube, this is the area which holds the seeds. In the bottom of the tube where it meets the steel tray there are small cut outs, this allows some of the seeds to fall into the tray for the birds to eat, as the birds eat the seeds more gradually fall down the plastic tube and into the tray. On top of the plastic cylinder is a black steel dome shaped lid, this twists on and off to allow you to re-fill and clean the feeder, the lid is very easy to remove and has a small metal ring in the top of it allowing it be hung from your bird table. The steel parts of the feeder as I have mentioned are black in colour and have a crackled texture effect to them. When we brought the feeder it had a paper label wrapped around the plastic cylinder, obviously this was thrown out a while ago but from what I remember it had a picture of a bird on the feeder on it and the name of the product "Gardham Wild Bird Large Black Steel Feeder", there was not a huge amount of information on the label but the feeder is pretty self explanatory.
The Gardman Bird Feeder is suitable for the following birds
As well as these species it is suitable for others but this does give an idea that this particular feeder is suitable for a variety of sized birds. We have a couple of collared doves which regularly come into our garden to feed from the bird table so we wanted something that would be suitable for these as well as the small birds we have in the garden. The small perches are suitable to hold the larger birds and I often see some of the small ones balancing on the actual edge of the tray at the base of the feeder. The feeder has definitely proved strong enough for the larger birds and so far it doesn't damaged by them in any way.
I would definitely say that the Gardman feeder is hardwearing and durable, ours is out side 24 hours a day 7 days a week and so far looks as good as new, there are no real signs of wear and tear from the weather and it is still in excellent condition. Also we do find that sometimes the larger birds get a bit enthusiastic when feeding and as we have just hung ours on the side of the table with screws it has from time to time got knocked off however not once has the feeder broken or been damaged, some of the seeds fall out but that is it, the lid stays on and the plastic cylinder has not cracked at all. We have now secured it better so it cannot fall of but this did really test the durability of the feeder.
The plastic cylinder or feeding chamber as it is described is made from a tough polycarbonate material, it is suitable for various seeds, we tend to use a mixture of seeds in ours. We find this is ideal as the contents are an ideal size for both the feeder and the birds as the perfect amount falls into the tray for them to eat.
We purchased our Gardman Feeder online from Amazon and it cost £9.99, whilst this is a little on the expensive side compared to other brands you can purchase we do think it is worth the money. Our Gardman has proved to be hardwearing and durable, it has survived being outside in all weathers as well as being knocked around by the birds themselves, had we have brought a cheaper version I do not think it would have been as hardwearing and probably would have broken by now. I certainly feel that this product was well worth the money.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Gradman Wild Bird Large Black Steel Feeder, although not the cheapest it is hardwearing and long lasting as well as being suitable for a variety of birds. This particular feeder is ideal for any garden, it looks very stylish and will accommodate any type of bird you have in your garden. I would definitely recommend this feeder to anyone as it is the perfect way to attract birds into your garden.
I live outside a village and my house is surrounded by fields. I like feeding wild birds and in the past I have always put leftover bread etc out into my back garden for the birds. This used to work well, the bread attracted lots of birds and they always ate all the bread.
Last month my youngest cat Ruby brought a friend home with her! It was a little blue tit and after being brought into the house in Ruby's mouth it was very near to death. I managed to get Ruby to drop the bird and I managed to free him. The next day Ruby was again in the garden hiding in the bushes, waiting for the bread to be throw out for the birds.
After the carry on the previous day I decided that I would need to change the way I feed the birds. I went to my local Garden Centre and bought a Gardman Wild Bird Seed Feeder. This bird seed feeder comes in 3 different sizes.
The small 20cm size costs £6.99, the medium 27cm size costs £9.99 and the large 40cm size costs £14.99. Like most people I have to watch what I spend. I decided to buy the small feeder at £6.99, a large pack of bird seed to fill it and a pack of 6 fat balls to hang beside the feeder. The total for the 3 items was nearly £10 and I really felt this was enough to spend as the previous bread feeding had cost me nothing at all.
This bird seed feeder is also available to buy from Amazon.
The bird feeder is made from galvanised steel. Galvanised steel is steel that has been coated with zinc in order to prevent rusting / corrosion. This will help to ensure that this bird feeder lasts more then a few winters.
To fill the bird feeder with seed you just twist of the lid of the feeder and fill the feeder with seed. It is easy to remove the lid, no strength is required. After you have filled the feeder you just twist the lid back on to the feeder.
The seed is held in a clear polycarbonate feed chamber. This holds the seed well and as it is clear the birds can see the seed and they soon work out how to get to it.
The feeder has a large hoop at the top of the feeder. This hoop can be attached to tree branches, fences and bird houses. It has proved to be a secure way of hanging the feeder. The feeder when filled with seed is not too heavy for the hoop, it still works fine at hanging the seed feeder.
The bird feeder should be emptied and washed out on a regular basis, within time you will see bird droppings on it and if you don't clean it then you risk birds spreading disease. It is easy to empty and wash. A quick wash with soapy water, then a rinse and then just dry it with kitchen paper. I have found this works fine to keep the bird feeder clean.
The RSPB now recommend that wild birds are fed all year round. However, it is particularly important during autumn, winter and spring when naturally occuring foods are in very short supply.
Ensure feed is available first thing in the morning, this will help them replace energy lost through the night, and again at mid-afternoon to help them to build up some reserves as night falls.
Once you have started feeding the birds do not stop as they will come to rely on the food you put out.
All in all this is a good bird feeder, it has proved to be a good buy at a reasonable price. It is also available in a variety of sizes. I like the fact that it is made from galvanised steel as this means it won't rust and fall apart. As I said before it is easy to fill and easy to empty and clean.
It works well at attracting lots of small birds in to my garden and the birds sit for ages feeding on the seed. I have placed the feeder at the front of my garden, my cats don't have access to this part of the garden.
Ruby and her 2 sisters love to sit on the inside windowsills watching the birds eating from the feeder. They get excited and chatter. For the non cat owners chattering is a quite distinctive teeth chattering sort of noise that seems reserved specifically for when cats see birds, whether outside or on television. Actually, that noise may be more of an instinct than we realize. Many feline behavior specialists have noted the similarity of that noise to the special neck bite that cats use in the wild designed to kill a bird or small rodent quickly and efficiently, before they have a chance to struggle. Young kittens and cubs in the wild have the opportunity to practice this special bite; house cats may just be showing their excitement at seeing potential prey, or possibly their frustration (with the excitement, too) in seeing potential prey that they cannot get to. Many times, you may notice that your cat's tail is getting puffy, or is twitching in a special way that accompanies his special chattering noises.
My cats chatter away at the birds for a while and then they usually fall asleep, it's really is a cats life!
I have tried both seed and peanut feeders in my garden, resulting in a lot more success with the seed feeders for some reason. As I have quite a large expanse of land I have tried various feeders with different feed in them to experiment and see what the kind of birds visiting my garden like to eat. I use various types of feed, but the feeder can often prove to be just as important to the birds as the feed itself. The Gardman seed feeder was available in my local supermarket - they also stock a range of Gardman feeds and feeding devices which is useful. As they are seen as a seasonal product they are only available at certain times of the year, mainly towards to winter.
The Gardman seed feeder is easy to fill and therefore allows me to change the seed frequently. There are three wire perches for the birds to sit on, and the feeder attracts a range of bird species. The feeder tube itself is clear polycarbonate which allows you to keep a good eye on the level of feed in the feeder, and both the base and top are simple to remove for easy cleaning. I usually give it a good wash a few times a year and normally when I am changing the feed in the feeder. The feeder has quite a large hanging hook to allow you to attach it to your bird table or a tree branch.
The large steel top and base give a reassuringly robust feel to the feeder, and their weatherproof finish gives me the impression this feeder will last many years to come. Priced at around £6 the Gardman steel seed feeder is an essential purchase for those looking to brighten up their garden by attracting wild birds.
When we first moved to our current home it was a newly converted barn and we had to start from scratch as far as the garden is concerned. Now, almost 5 years on, we have lots of greenery, maturing trees and shrubs and several climbers which are now home to at least two pairs of nesting birds every season - doves high in the wisteria and blackbirds lower down in one of the climbers. We like to watch them raise their young and we get at least 2 broods per year.
We like to see birds in the garden and buy the 20kg sacks of wild bird seed to feed them in the winter. They last quite a while and when my wife goes out to feed them, they soon fly in.
As bird lovers will know, you get ground feeders like the collared doves and wood pigeons who like to have a good peck around. A lot of smaller birds will also eat off the ground but many like to feed from these sturdy bird feeders one of which hangs from our bird table and one from the garden arbour.
They are easily filled by moving the metal cover to the side and filling the transparent plastic tube with seed. You then move the cover back over the top (it's not a tight fit, it merely protects the rain from getting in at the top) and hang it on a hook or screw installed from that purpose. It should be at a height at which the birds feel comfortable and secure from any ground predators - ours are at about 5 feet at the bird table and 6 feet at the arbour.
In filling the tube the seed is accessible to the birdies via 4 separate openings at 2 different levels, each with perches so that several birds can eat at once. This is a slightly different and better design than the dooyoo illustration. In our garden, they need to be filled every 2 to 3 days when the birds rely on the food in the winter. My wife tends to feed them at times of the year when their natural food source doesn't need to be augmented so we use more seed than we need over the course of the year. However often you feed them, it needs to be regular rather than just now and again. Don't forget to fill and periodically clean your bird baths too, given that some birds poo in them. They will then visit your garden on a regular basis.
We have had these feeders now for at least three years. It's a good idea to give them a good clean out every month or so and leave them out to dry naturally. It's also best to not leave uneaten seed in them when you've finished feeding for the season. I have found these to be robust and eminently suitable for purpose and I would certainly recommend them.
So now we have a new bird feeding station and we do have a bunch of old bird feeders which previously hung from the bird table. However, all of these were of the "squirrel-proof" variety and in any case were all starting to show their age. The bottom of the peanut ball tube was rusting away and the bird seed feeder was never a very good design anyway. Our birdies definitely deserved new feeders for both bird seed and peanuts.
As far as bird seed was concerned, the Gardman feeder I saw in Focus seemed to fit the bill. Actually, I'd gone in for a chainsaw! Strange how things work out isn't it? The design is fairly typical in that it has a lid from which it hangs; a wide, clear plastic tube to hold the seed; and a tray on the bottom into which the seed trickles, for the birds to eat.
The lid is in the form of a large, solid metal cowl which is wide enough to prevent all but driving rain getting to the seed tray. The seed tray has four hinged wire brackets on which the birds can stand whilst the pick at the seed. The tray itself is quite narrow but it does have small drain holes in the bottom so that the seed doesn't stay wet.
All three components lock together with a simple twist on/twist off action but the first one I examined seemed to have damaged lugs and so the parts wouldn't lock together firmly. I selected another. This seemed to work OK. The price is just under £10, before my OAP discount.
When I got it home I filled it with bird seed and hung it up on one of the feeder station hooks. It didn't take long for the birds to find it. As soon as they did a shortcoming of the feeder immediately became obvious: the tray soon filled to the brim with seed and, as the birds picked at it, some fell to the ground beneath the feeder station. So, it spills it's seed upon the ground, but not in the biblical sense!
Now, this isn't a problem if your intention is also to feed ground-feeder birds like blackbirds and sparrows. In our case it was mostly feeding the local rodents! This I did not want. There seemed no way to prevent it happening though. Eventually I deployed a flowerpot tray to sit below the feeder, held on with wire twists. It is wider that the seed tray and collects most of what spills over, so reducing the problem but it's not ideal. Better that the feeder had been better designed.
Anyway, as modified it seems to be doing the job intended. So far the first fill of feed has yet to be consumed; it's been up nearly two weeks. However, it doesn't get full marks from me but I'm sure that the local vermin would give it the thumbs up, if they had thumbs!