Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will My Bird Tear Up The Feeder?

  2. Will It Work On My Cage?

  3. Will It Work With Pelleted Foods?

  4. How Do I Clean It?

  5. How Do I hook It Up?

  6. How Does It Work?

  7. Will It Stop My Bird From Raking Or Digging?

  8. How Long Will It Feed My Bird?

  9. Which Feeder Do I Need For My Bird?

  10. I Think The Feeder Is Too Big For My Bird!

  11. I Think The Feeder Is Too Big For My Cage!

Will My Bird Tear Up The Feeder?
The feeder is designed with the capabilities of the bird in mind. It is made of high strength "Lucite L Cast Acrylic" which is up to 50 times stronger than glass. The Large and Extra-Large feeders are made with thicker acrylic (up to 1/4 inch thick acrylic) to withstand the power of the larger birds including the Hyacinth Macaw. However, nothing is 100% when dealing with large birds :-).

How Much Food Does It Hold?
We designed the feeders to hold a reasonable amount of food based on the type of bird that will be using the feeders. The following list shows how much food each size feeders will hold.

FeederPounds of Food *Cups of Food *
Small4 oz.3/4 c.
Pet10 oz.2 c
Medium1 lb. 4 oz.4 c.
Intermediate2 lb. 4 oz.7.2 c.
Large3 lb. 4 oz.10.4 c.
Colony3 lb. 8 oz.11.2 c.
Ex-Large7 lb. 8 oz.24 c.

* Weight is based on "Small Hook Bill" mixture"

Will It Work On My Cage?
Yes, it will work on most any cage including round ones. It will work on cages made of 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch welded wire to 1 inch by 3 inch welded wire to decorative wrought iron cages with bars running either horizontal or vertical. The feeder can be attached to a round cage but the larger the feeder size the larger the round cage will have to be. The only situation that would prevent the feeder from working is when a cage bar or structural design causes the inside and outside parts to be separated by 1/2 inch distance or greater. And for that gap, we have made adapters so the feeders will still work.

Will It Work With Pelleted Foods?
Yes, it works very well with pellets. Simply treat the pellet as any other seed, the only difference is instead of blowing off the hulls, we recommend pouring the captured pellet in a spagetti strainer or some other sifter to separate the whole pellet from the dust produced by the birds crunching the pellet (most birds won't eat the powder). You can either toss the dust outside into the yard and have the healthiest wildbirds around or you can add it into a cornbread mix, bake it in the oven and feed it back to your birds. This is also a good way to get them to eat other things like vegetables.

How Do I Clean It?
If you have it hooked up to the cage and full of food, just use your hand and rake the food out of the trough (the part inside the cage that holds the food and the bird eats out of) and into the lower reservoir, then empty the food into a container. Once the feeder is as empty as you can get it, unscrew the wingnuts and remove the feeder from the cage. Fill up the kitchen sink with water and a mild detergent. You can let it soak for several hours if you want, then scrub the feeder with a wash cloth or wet paper towel. Don't use a scrubbing pad or something rough, this would scratch the feeder really bad. If you want to sterilize it, use an antiseptic such as novasan or other antibacterial agent. Don't use BLEACH, it may react with the acrylic causing small cracks or other problems.

How Do I hook It Up?
Hooking up the feeder is fairly straight forward. When you receive the feeder it will be in one piece, held together with wingnuts. Simply remove the wingnuts and the feeder will come apart into two halves, the inside with the perch and the outside with the sliding door, the top hinged door. Open the cage the feeder is to work on and put the inside half in the cage. Press the side with the foam and bolts up against the inside of the cage so the bolts are sticking out of the cage through the bars. Make sure the hooded part is at the top and the pointed end is pointing down. Next reattach the outside of the feeder to the inside by slipping the bolts through the holes in the outside half, then reattach the wingnuts. It should look just like it did when you received it except there is cage wire or bars in the middle of it. Lastly, open the top lid of the feeder on the outside of the cage (it's on a hinge), and fill it up with what ever dry food you wish to use, seed, pellets or nuts. When some of the food is cycled down into the lower part of the feeder simply hold a bucket under the bottom part of the feeder and slide open the bottom door, the food will flow out and into the bucket. This food is a mixture of either seed and hulls, or pellet and the left over powder, what you would normally throw away. Just blow off the hulls of the seed mixture or sift out the pellet powder, and put the good whole food back into the top.

How Does It Work?
The food flows from the outside reservoir thru the wire or bars of the cage into the trough on the inside of the cage. The bird eats out of the trough and what the bird drops or rakes out gets caught by the feeder and is sent back thru the bars or wire to the outside of the cage where it is held. All you have to do is slide up the sliding back door and retrieve the left over food hulls, whole seed or pellet and powder into a bucket. Blow off the hulls with a fan or blow dryer, put the whole seed back in the top of the feeder. Or sift out the pellet powder from the whole pellet and put the whole pellet or the crumbles back in the top of the feeder for the birds to finish eating.

Will It Stop My Bird From Raking Or Digging?
No, it will not stop the action of the bird. Raking is a natural action of most birds both wild and captive. You can not stop a bird from raking out all of their food, that is a fun action for them. However, the feeder is designed to work with the bird. When a bird rakes, instead of losing all the food that ends up on the floor or in the bottom of the cage, there is a protective hood that keeps the food contained inside the feeder, and a gap between the perch and the trough. The food that is raked out goes into this gap and back thru the bars to the outside reservoir, and you can save it and recycle it for the bird to finish eating.

How Long Will It Feed My Bird?
All birds are different, the feeder may last you two days or only an hour depending on how much your bird rakes the food. But for the most part the feeder is designed to last the bird at least one day. Keep in mind this is not meant to be used as a vacation feeder. Don't fill the feeder up and expect it to last the whole time you are gone on vacation, birds must be checked on by someone at least once per day, plus someone to check on them for water.

Which Feeder Do I Need For My Bird?
A feeder guide is available to help you decide which feeder is best for your situation at:Feeder Guide.

I Think The Feeder Is Too Big For My Bird!
The feeder is designed with the birds body size in mind. If the feeder appears to be "TOO" large for your bird, it is because the only other feeding container available is a small open dish. Our feeder is obviously much larger than that. Also, when a bird is using our feeder, the majority of their upper body and head actually goes inside the feeder, and that is the way the food is contained. Think about it this way, from the main perch to the top of the hood has to be big enough for the bird to stand up straight on the main perch and not have his head touch the top of the hood. Besides, if we could make the feeder smaller to reduce the manufacturing costs we would, but that would not be best for the birds. So, the recommended feeder size is the feeder specifically designed for that bird and its situation.

I Think The Feeder Is Too Big For My Cage!
The size of the feeder is designed specifically with the needs of that bird in mind. If the bird needs a feeder that is bigger than what will fit in your cage, then your cage does not provide enough room for the happiness and welfare of your bird. A bird needs to be able to stretch out their wings and not touch the sides of the cage.


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