Unlike any other design on the market today, the feather feeder is a special bird feeder that is controlled by a remote. The distribution of food and portion sizes is completely controlled by you. All you need to do is press a button to watch one full portion size be distributed to the opening area so the birds can enjoy. If you have a flock or colony of birds near your area you can even train them to respond to the sound of the remote control and appear in waiting at your bird feeder.
Total Cost Breakdown
The cost of Feather Feeder is $19.99 plus $7.99 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Feather Feeder by paying the extra shipping fee of $9.99 for a total price of $37.97.
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You can control the amount of bird seed you release with a remote. What's more, you can fill this unit with whatever bird seed you want and then just push a button.
- Attract Lots of Bird
You can attract all types of birds based on the sound of the button being hit.
- Fill for One Month
This unit holds a complete month of food so you can fill it with food once per month and then control it with the remote control.
- Works by Control
Feather feeder is a remote-controlled bird feeder which you can use to attract all types of birds. Unique because of its ability to be controlled remotely, you can attract multiple types of birds more often than you can with other bird feeders.
- Respects Migration
The ability to control how much food is actually released from this feeder is very biologically sound. It is imperative that people who maintain bird feeders of any kind understand that during the winter they must not feed the birds. Birds are pre-programmed to migrate during certain times of the year in order to find food. If you continue to release food during these migratory seasons the birds will stop migrating the way that they need to for survival. Eventually you will disrupt permanently the migratory pads of the birds were feeding.
With this particular design you can simply shout he unit off and prevent food from being distributed during the migration months. Once the birds return in the springtime you can pick right back up where you left off.
- Minimal Range
The idea behind this unit attracting multiple birds is sound if the birds are within earshot of the remote feeder. People who live in a crowded city area or any area without a large bird population might find that it does not attract birds the way they wanted to. If there are no birds living in the nearby area they will not be within earshot of the remote sensor. They will not be trained to come to the feeder each time they hear it.
Additionally birds that only visit your area infrequently, birds that do not live there will surely come to the feeder every once in a while. However, they will not develop the habit explained by the company of coming each time you hit the button.
- Limited Consumption
Another downside is that if there are limited birds in your area it might take a long time for a specific portion of food to be completely consumed. You cannot really use the remote control feature to activate the food distribution until that first portion has been consumed. If the length of time in between these feedings is extensive then the training aspect of this unique product will not work.
How It Works
There are two concepts at work behind the feather feeder. The first concept is that presented by the psychologist Pavlov and his experiment with dogs. During this experiment he would bring a bell every time the dogs were about to be fed. Over time the dogs would begin to salivate immediately prior to receiving food. Eventually Pavlov could ring the bell, without serving food, and the dogs would immediately salivate. This type of learned behavior is possible with anything. With the feather feeder, birds become accustomed to the sound of the remote control triggering the opening so they understand that this indicates food is available. As time passes more and more birds will begin to experience this Pavlovian response and come directly to the bird feeder as soon as you hit the remote control.
Second aspect controlling it is a remote and sensor used in almost every remote control based piece of technology from your remote control for television to a remote control car.
How it's Different from Competitors
Comparatively traditional bird feeders simply have food readily available at all times. If there are many birds in the area they might be prone to fighting or trying to claim territory. Also, if there are a few birds in the area than the food might not be consumed at all. Such a particular design is only different in so far as you can control the release of food. If you are gone on vacation, for example, you might not have any food available something which can also interrupt the training aspect of the sound function. However, it also means that the food inside the feeder will not all be exposed to the elements. During rainy seasons exposed food in traditional feeders can become wet and create a fungus. Consequently, this will not happen if you use the remote control function.
- Other Feeders
There are countless alternative bird feeders of all shapes and sizes however there are none which have a remote control feature like this one.
Most traditional bird feeders are shaped like houses some of which have a steady foundation with a sort of fence around the perimeter of the house in the middle. These are designed so that you can place the food around the perimeter. Then if the bird decides to create a nest in the area they have the house inside the center for their home. You can build bird feeders too. Also, you can make them from pine cones and peanut butter.
Tips & Tricks
- Bird Seed Types
The type of bird food that you put into your feeder will determine the types of birds that come to eat. You should know that most birds will eat sunflower seeds with this shell around them but they will not eat the other odd grains and balls included in regular birdseed. These things are actually filler products which are not meant for bird consumption although they are not completely harmful to the bird. They are filler products which, when dropped by the bird onto your property, will eventually sprout multiple weeds.
So be cognizant of both where you hang the feeder, and what bird food you put into the feeder. If you hang the bird feeder over a grassy area or over a garden area be aware. When birds drop the seat out of the container you will have a higher weed problem than you did before. If you are hanging over a cement area you still might have many weeds that pop up through the cracks.