This looks exactly like the one I have that was knocked over by the guy who mows my lawn. I do have a second squirrel baffle on the bottom of my 'broken' version - I may attach it to this for extra protection.
I have one already and it is the best feeder I have ever had. I looked for another one for several and today I found the ad. No other feeder lasts so long and is so easy to fill. The one I have now is over 15 years old and still going.
This feeder is identical to the one I bought 20 years ago, which is just worn out. It has given fine service, is very easy to fill, has been extremely durable, and is really squirrel resistant. It works well for all kinds of seeds. The birds don't waste feed from this feeder because they can't root in it and throw the feed around. Besides, it looks nice.
Best Answer:I will also add we cut out the seed blockers in the holes this has on each feed hole. We put nut/fruit mix and the nuts would not come out with the blockers in. Now the birds dig out all seed/nuts/fruits.
I just bought my second one of these. First lasted over 10 years and even took a raccoon ‘hit’ tearing it apart. Yes, the plastic is thick and durable and lasted may 10+ winters here in zone 5. As long as they make them I will buy them. Easy to fill and well made.
The seed does not come out well at all. I have hardly any birds. What can I do? The seeds seem to get stuck every time I loosen them up.
A shopper on Jul 1, 2015
Best Answer:I have the same issue. Luckily I have a lot of bigger birds, blue jays, red belly woodpeckers and redwing blackbirds and their longer beaks loosen the seed up so the smaller birds can feed too. There is a hood on the feeding port that is intended to stop the seed from coming out too fast but it works far too well. I am thinking of trimming it down with a Dremel so the seed comes out better. Design flaw I guess. Mixed seed works a little better than pure black oil sunflower and I haven't tried the larger striped sunflower yet but suspect the same problem will persist. Northland industries will hopefully address this issue. I may give them call
The seeds are not supposed to come out. They stay in the tube and the birds stick their beaks in and pull them out. Believe me, they will get them. I've seen them put half their bodies in to get seeds when I forget to fill it! It will take a while for birds to find and get used to a new feeder. You will need to "advertise" it by scattering some seeds in the bowl outside the tubes for them to see as they fly around. A small pile on the ground underneath too might help, if you are not worried about other critters. Unless you put up a squirrel guard on the pole you can expect to find a squirrel in your feeder at some point.
I had the same problem, so I cut out the little metal bars in the center of the larger seed openings. Then I filled the two tubes with the altered openings with black sunflower seeds, and have lots of bird visiting everyday: cardinals, chickadees, purple finches, and wood peckers. To attract larger birds, I .drilled out 3" long dowels and fit them over the short metal perches. I also drilled out the too-small holes in the third tower.
I think your problem is the use of all sunflower seed. Those tend to "hang up" in this feeder as they do in almost every feeder I have used. And you might live in an area where the humidity is very high all the time. This will help the seed to not flow properly. I use a cardinal mix that includes smaller seeds and this seed tends to not "hang up". As a precautionary note: this seed WILL attract many sparrows!!
I had the same problem! After a few days, I removed the inserts from an earlier version of the same feeder that I had for years.and replaced them. The old inserts worked great and I get lots of birds. I am trying to attach a photo for you. They are wide open and plain. They fit the same holes. If you can exchange them for the older ones that work, that should do the trick.
You must make sure that the tubes stay completely dry at all times, especially after washing the tubes. Also make sure that the no rain is getting into the tubes from the feeding areas. I have been enjoying my 3-tube Feeder for nearly 2 years. It is, by far, the best feeder I've ever used.
For some reason my feeder came with what appeared to be a "support post" blocking every seed port. I don't know if yours has the same but after I removed them with a needle nose pliers and sanded the rough parts where they were connected the feeder worked just fine.
I had the same problem. I used a flat blade screwdriver and a hammer to knock the vertices bar from the perch. That allows the birds to reach into the tube to get the seed. After I did that, I have a flurry of birds every day!
We've never experienced a problem with the seeds getting stuck. Ours has been in use for over a year. Wonder if the seeds might be getting damp and sticking together. Perhaps try a different brand/type of seeds.
I need one that hangs. Do not intend to use the pole. How would this work?
A shopper on Jan 1, 2015
Best Answer:It can be hung or used on pole. The pole is lightweight aluminum so rather flimsy anyway for such a big feeder. There is a hook on top in the center that you don't see from the picture as it is covered by a raised plastic cap that can either be on or off. We had one of these feeders for years and hung it. I bought the same one for my mother last year and she uses it on a pole so I know from experience it can be used either way.
This feeder comes with a hanging ring. It's under the plastic cap that you see in the picture. If you go to the manufacturers website (northstatesindDOTcom) you can find more details. Or search for North States Industries superfeeder and you'll find it.
The top has a cap in the middle, easy to remove. Under it there is a ring provided for hanging application. There may be a double hook in the package, I don't remember (I am using the pole). If not you can get one in a hardware store.
Its well built and therefore heavy. It also holds several pounds of seed. A strong bracket/anchor point and a chain or cable would be best. Garden variety shepards hooks (ornamental) will not suffice..
Best Answer:Hello James, To answer your question: no, I don't know where you can buy a replacement for a missing section of the pole. I mounted my feeder on an 8 foot section of galvanized pipe with a four hole flange attached to the end. The flange is screwed into a piece of wood. I screwed the feeder bottom to this piece of weed. It's very sturdy. All the best, Terry
Sure that's easy. Throw away the other 2 sections you have and go to your local hardware store or electrical supply wholesaler and buy a piece of conduit with the same ID you have on the bottom converter of your feeder the exact length to accommodate 24 inches in the ground and get under your riding mower. I would recommend at least 6 feet. 7 is better
The ;pole that I used with my new Feeder (Blain's) was one I used with the feeder that was replaced. It fit perfectly. I can't say enough about your great feeder and how easy it is to refill. I urge my neighbors and relatives to get one. Carl A. Di Pietro