Bird feeder perches

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The perches on our last two bird feeders broke off so the birds had to cling on to the main part of the feeder to get to the seeds.. We will buy another one but it seems strange that the perches have broken off. After all birds are not heavy. We tried poking a thick knitting needle through the holes but the birds then stayed away from it.

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12 May, 2011
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aster said:

They do seem quite flimsy don't they,and not easy to remove for cleaning.
Our niger seed feeder was broken off when it fell onto the patio in a gale. Never happened before but the goldfinch now have a job trying to hang on lol.
I haven't come up with a solution yet either but will let you know if I do :)

12 May, 2011
Dipper
david said:

Have had the same problem in the past, and borke a few when trying to re-locate after cleaning. But, have used short lengths of garden bamboo cane, with cut edges sanded, or even a length of branch, with success.

12 May, 2011
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jane said:

Glad we are not the only ones with the same problem !! Our niger feeders both "lost " perches very soon after purchase.Like Aster...after being blown off the hook...very annoying. Like your idea David...especially as natural perches are probably better for their feet than plastic....

12 May, 2011
015
aster said:

How did you attach them David ?

12 May, 2011
Dipper
david said:

Just chose canes/twigs of same thickness as the original plastic ones, Aster. Cannot fix more "permanently" as the originals, as still need to remove for cleaning of the feeders. But they do look more natural for the birds to land on. :-))

14 May, 2011
I_spy
casso said:

Thank you David. We now use twigs And the birds seem to prefer them,

14 May, 2011
I_spy
casso said:

Thank you David. We now use twigs And the birds seem to prefer them,

14 May, 2011
Dipper
david said:

You're welcome, Casso! Should have added that, of course, using twigs/branches, canes, you can make them longer than the original plastic ones which come with the feeders, giving birds a better landing area Have seen them "queuing" up along mine, waiting their turn, albeit impatiently! Got me thinking that, if triallling 2 pairs of sandals, one plastic, and the other soft leather, which would my toes and feet be happier with? Dangerous to "presume" that other wildlife thinks like us, of course, but this idea seemed to be a "natural". Ok, I do spout a load of "cobblers" from time to time. So glad to have helped a bit! :-))

14 May, 2011
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jane said:

I too will be repairing with twigs in future...many thanks.This blog has been nominated for and included in Bird Feeders category Casso....great for reference...

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