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Assuring high traffic at your Squirrel Buster® Finch feeder – with Feeder Fresh™

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Feeding nyjer in the finch feeder is great all year round. It attracts finches, of course, but also chickadees, nut hatches and other wonderful songbirds.

The problem is not with the feeder as such but with the seed, especially when it is very humid, as it tends to spoil. It might look good to us, but birds know that it has gone bad or that it is not as good as they fancy, and they don’t go to the feeder.

Our solution is to use a product called Feeder Fresh™.

This product has been around for a long time as an additive to seeds to absorb humidity. It is not harmful to birds and serves as grit to the birds.

We have met the inventor of this product and he is a great guy. The first step is to clean your feeder thoroughly to remove any mold or seed residue. Then mix the Feeder Fresh™ in with your nyjer seed. We use 1/2 cup per 5 lb bag of nyjer seed in our area (Quebec, Canada) but you will need to adjust accordingly for your area’s humidity level. Use a plastic container similar to a liquid laundry bottle and shake it up so as to blend in the Feeder Fresh™ thoroughly. But that is not quite enough, what we do is to put a 1/4 inch of Feeder Fresh™ after filling with our blended seed. It is sort of “icing on the cake.”

Since using this method, bird traffic is back to normal, and we can enjoy watching lots of happy customers on the feeder!

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