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THE BIRDMILL COMPANY

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHICH BIRDFEEDER SHOULD I USE ON THE BIRDMILL?

Use birdfeeders which are not too wide or too large, as you want your Birdmill to be able to go round without obstruction.  Narrow feeders are therefore most suitable for the Birdmill,  such as the ones you can find on our online store.

 

There are various birdfeeders available, the most common ones are:

  • Seed Feeder: these are transparent tubular feeders; the birds feed through a hole near the bottom of the feeder.  This type of feeder can attract a wide range of birds, such as bluetits, great tits, coal tits, sparrows, finches. 
  • Peanut Feeder: the feeder has a metal mesh, and holds peanuts for the birds to feed on.  Birds, such as nuthatches, finches, bluetits, coaltits use the Peanut feeder.   
  • Fat Ball Feeder: use fat balls suitable for wild birds.   These are excellent for use in the winter.  Fat ball feeders attract birds, such as bluetits, longtail tits, nuthatches, finches or woodpeckers.

WHERE DO I PUT THE BIRDMILL?

Put the Birdmill not too near to the house, where the birds would be disturbed easily.  

When securing the Birdmill to a post or wall, ensure that you can easily reach the bottom feeder arm.  The reason for this is that when you are re-filling any birdfeeders, you can hold the bottom arm and carefully rotate to reach the next feeder for re-filling. 

Think also of any cats in your neighbourhood; if you would hang the Birdmill too low, then birds can become an easy target.

MY BIRDMILL IS NOT TURNING AROUND

Make sure that the birdfeeders are filled equally.  You don't have to be too precise, but if one birdfeeder is full, while the other ones are almost empty, then the heavy one will stay on the bottom.

Although there is no fixed rule about which type of feeder to use, it is of advantage to hang 2 of the same types of birdfeeders opposite each other, as birds will usually eat similar amounts of the same types; this should keep the Birdmill balanced.   


The Birdmill has to be able to turn around smoothly without obstruction.  Cut away branches if these are starting to grow and obstruct the rotation of the Birdmill.  Do not hang anything else onto the Birdmill apart from birdfeeders, similar as seen on our online store. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE BEFORE THE BIRDS COME TO THE BIRDMILL?

It depends on various factors.  If your birds are already regular visitors, then usually it takes 2 -4 weeks before birds are getting used to your new Birdmill.   It also depends on the position of the Birdmill; If you hang it too near to your house, then it could frighten birds off.    

Make your garden as 'bird attractive' as possible.   Put out bird food regularly; maybe have a bird bath to attract birds to drink and bath;  the greener (plants/trees/bushes) your garden, the more birds you will attract. 



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