Feeding farmland wild game birds during the winter and spring is extremely important on modern agricultural landscapes. Research has shown that survival and breeding success of game birds is considerably increased on areas where grain is supplied. While hopper feeders are often used to provide grain to game birds on farms, current designs often make this important job much harder than it should be. Through our grey partridge re-introduction work, we, like many farmers, gamekeepers and other land managers, became increasingly tired of the many problems associated with poorly designed and built feeders. We therefore developed a game bird feeder that made feeding wild game birds more economically and effectively. The key features of the PERDIX Game Bird Feeder are:
Reduces usage by pests
Feeders can attract many unwanted visitors. Woodpigeons, jackdaws, rooks, crows, rats, grey squirrels, badgers and deer can eat large quantities of grain, tip over and break feeders, spread disease and parasites and prevent smaller birds from using feeders. While no feeder can totally prevent use by pests (without also hampering the feeding of target species), the feed-access points on the PERDIX Game Bird Feeder are too small for deer and badgers to feed from. In addition, the PERDIX Game Bird Feeder is difficult to tip over when it is hung, used in the stand or on the post mount.
Helps control diseases & parasites
Diseases and parasites can quickly build-up and spread among birds at well used feeding sites, both in captivity and in the wild. The PERDIX Game Bird Feeder has a number of features that can help reduce this problem.
- Because birds using the PERDIX Game Bird Feeder take their grain directly from the feeder, less food comes into contact with soil or vegetation that may have have been contaminated by the droppings of other birds carrying diseases or parasites.
- Use of the PERDIX Game Bird Feeder by pest birds and mammals is restricted and therefore prevents them from contaminating the feed in the feeder or spilling it onto the ground.
- The PERDIX Game Bird Feeder is very easy to move using the heavy duty handle, especially when used in the specially designed stand. Moving feeders regularly prevents disease and parasite build-up around the feeding site.
- The PERDIX Game Bird Feeder can be completely dismantled to allow all components to be easily and thoroughly disinfected when not in use. The feeders can then be stacked for easy storage.
Suitable for rearing fields & farmland habitat
As part of our Grey Partridge re-introduction work we set out to develop a feeder that would be able to feed our birds on the rearing field and in the wild. On our rearing field, the PERDIX Game Bird Feeder has worked far better than we had anticipated – we now feed our grey partridges with it from 5 days old! Because the chicks are unable to scratch, walkover or generally contaminate the crumbs or pellets, the food stays clean, dry and in the feeder not on the floor! Waste and, therefore, feed cost, have been reduced. An additional advantage of using the same feeder before and after release, is that your birds are already familiar with with design and can therefore feed quickly and easily and return to cover. An important consideration in terms of reducing loss from predators.
The PERDIX Game Bird Feeder can be used in many ways. It can simply be placed on the floor or hung from a post or tree using the heavy duty handle. Alternatively, the feeder can be placed in our specially designed stand (recommended for use in pens) or mounted on a fence post or tree using the post mount. The post mount provides a very economical and flexible method for farms and estates that deploy high numbers of feeders.
The PERDIX Game Bird Feeder has been designed to be easily moved. Whether using it on the floor, in the stand, mounted on a post or hung in a tree, the feeder can be moved in seconds, whether it is full of grain or not. Moving feeders regularly reduces the build-up of pests such as rats, and also parasites and diseases in the surrounding ground.
The hopper is made of heavy duty UV stable plastic with a tight self-sealing lid. Whether being used on a rearing field or along a hedgerow, it will easily stand-up to years of work and the British weather! If, however, a part is lost or broken, don’t worry, as all parts on the feeder and its accessories are replaceable to keep on-going costs to a minimum.
Not an eye-sore
It’s green! Unlike other feeders the PERDIX Game Bird Feeder looks like it belongs in countryside and not on an industrial estate. Unattractive feeders can cause an eye-sore in the British countryside and attract unwanted attention.