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pash

Thats the one, well found,

pash

In the 2010 brochure, if its been out for two years someone must have seen it, cheaper then i thought it would be.

LeadFarmer

Cheapest I could find was ebay at £18.25 delivered (item number 150838076653) . Ive just bought one to try. Search google for 'natures feast twist', quite a few places selling them for around £21. Dont know why they dont appear in their own brochure though!

pash

Let us know how you get on with it, i mainly get Goldie's in my garden, the niger takes a beating but most of the other seeds i put out are wasted

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LeadFarmer

Similar story in my garden. Niger for the Goldies, and sunflower hearts for the finches/sparrows/tits. Though with the new feeder Im hoping to introduce other seeds.

pash

You could try a bit of green stuff, lettuce, apple, chickweed, dandelion heads, and for something a bit different cuttlefish bone, a good pet shop will stock it,

This was my first time on the forum and I have really gained so much information.  Thank you all for your help. Apart from the small feeders I have a "feeding station" as they call it - which I used to move around on account of seed spillage.  I now don't bother as I was running out of spots to move it to and was getting bald patches in the lawn.  I have built a kind of rockery with large stones at the base  of the feeding station and don't worry about the grass. I also use a large mesh tray for the ground feeders. I have a good selection of visitors to my little gardern including quite recently a female blackcap (according to my bird guide). Once again thank you all. 

Botticelliwoman

I'm wondering how easy to clean the 'tornado' feeder is?  You'll have to let us know LeadFarmer!
I find that the goldfinches hog the sunflower hearts and only deign to eat the nyger when the sunflower seeds are gone.  I liked the idea of baking trays on the bottom of the feeders though.  I bought a couple of feeders last year with round plastic trays on but found that the smaller birds wouldn't use the bottom feeder holes as it was too far to reach from the edge and they didn't like standing on the base of the tray.  The starlings just emptied the mixed seed out to get at what they wanted (fat pellets in the mix) so in about 10 minutes all the seed was in the tray....not good!

LeadFarmer
I'll let you know when i get it. I imagine if the feeder ports are removable then a pipe cleaner xhould do the job?
LeadFarmer

As promised, an update regarding my Tornado Twist feeder which arrived today. Its quite a large feeder, slightly wider in diameter than my current feeders. It has metal feeding ports & lid, whilst the feeder itself is the usual lightweight plastic.

Im using sunflower hearts in one section, and different seed mix in the other two. Ive only part filled the two mixed seed sections as I want to ensure the small seed Im using doesnt just run out by itself.  Heres some photos..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/twist1.jpg

 And heres a photo showing a bluetit on the opposite feeder, to give some idea of scale...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/twist2.jpg

 The real test will be when Mr Woodpigeon tries to use it. Hopefully he wont be able to get a perch on it.....?

LeadFarmer

Well the birds are loving the Typhoon feeder, ive had Goldfinches, tits & sparrows queueing up to use it...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/TyphoonFeeder.jpg

 And here's a baby Goldfinch thats been sitting at the feeder for the last 10 minutes...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/TyphoonFeeder2.jpg

 The Wood Pigeons and magpies have had a try, but they cant get a perch on it - thankfully.

pash

Hows it compare with your other feeders, same seed same number of birds? or is it a score well spent,

LeadFarmer
Well with 6 ports it could attract more birds than my other 4 port feeders

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The Tornado Twist feeder, as featured on the Gardeners' World show with Kate MacRae is the latest addition to the award-winning Nature's Feast All Seasons range. It is guaranteed to attract the widest variety of birds, because it is able to accommodate up to three different seed mixes at any one time.

http://www.naturesfeast.co.uk/wild-bird-care/newsfeed.php?page=Twist%20Feeder

Stockist: Products are available through high street, local and specialist stores across the UK. For further information on Nature’s Feast products, or to find a local stockist, contact the customer services team on Freephone: 08000 939 123 or Email: customer.care@naturesfeast.co.uk

Gary Hobson wrote (see)

@pash - yes, you're correct. Kate did tweet that message. Though I couldn't find the feeder on the company's website.

Kate also has her own little shop, here:
http://www.wildlifekateshop.co.uk/

But it's not on sale there either. Maybe it's purchasable from Kate's stand at the NEC.

But I agree with Magpie on the item being more stylish than practical. I don't think the birds mind too much what thing looks like, as long as it's not empty.

Hi Gary,

 

The Tornado Twister and other Nature's Feast products are available through high street, local and specialist stores across the UK. For further information on Nature’s Feast products, or to find a local stockist, contact the customer services team on Freephone: 08000 939 123 or Email: customer.care@naturesfeast.co.uk

 

Carol Mc wrote (see)

This was my first time on the forum and I have really gained so much information.  Thank you all for your help. Apart from the small feeders I have a "feeding station" as they call it - which I used to move around on account of seed spillage.  I now don't bother as I was running out of spots to move it to and was getting bald patches in the lawn.  I have built a kind of rockery with large stones at the base  of the feeding station and don't worry about the grass. I also use a large mesh tray for the ground feeders. I have a good selection of visitors to my little gardern including quite recently a female blackcap (according to my bird guide). Once again thank you all. 

Hi Carol,

I just thought you might be interested in this...

 

Keen Gardeners looking to feed the birds this summer can now benefit from a husk-free and non-germinating bird seed formula which means less mess and no unwanted plants sprouting beneath feeders and tables.

 

No Gro, which has been specially formulated by Nature’s Feast, provides a high-energy feed that will attract a wide variety of wild birds, so gardeners no longer have to choose between a neat lawn or patio and a range of feathered friends.

 

Suitable for bird tables, ground feeders and some free-flowing seed feeders, No Gro is ideal for patios and flowerbed areas, as well as above lawns where normal bird seed might germinate and create unsightly growth.

hollie hock

Sarah B- good advertising for your company

 

Botticelliwoman wrote (see)

I'm wondering how easy to clean the 'tornado' feeder is?  You'll have to let us know LeadFarmer!
I find that the goldfinches hog the sunflower hearts and only deign to eat the nyger when the sunflower seeds are gone.  I liked the idea of baking trays on the bottom of the feeders though.  I bought a couple of feeders last year with round plastic trays on but found that the smaller birds wouldn't use the bottom feeder holes as it was too far to reach from the edge and they didn't like standing on the base of the tray.  The starlings just emptied the mixed seed out to get at what they wanted (fat pellets in the mix) so in about 10 minutes all the seed was in the tray....not good!

Hello,

The Nature's Feast Twist Feeder is very easy to clean and refill as it has a removal lid and 6 feeding ports. The Twist Feeder has metal components (lid, base and ports), and only the body of the feeder is plastic.

The feeder is perfect for attracting a wide variety of smaller wild birds to your garden too. You can read a fantastic review of the Nature's Feast Twist Feeder here from Emma Cooper here http://emmacooper.org/blog/nature-s-feast

 

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