To ensure that your feathery friends are always well-nourished, Bird Buddy's design makes it super easy to refill the seed container. The Bird Buddy seed container holds approximately 4 cups/32oz/1l of bird food, which amounts to about 1lb/0.6kg, depending on the type of food you're using. The container can be easily accessed with the rear hatch door and refilled at any time with the handy seed scoop.
Types of bird food you can use
You can use any dry or solid bird food with Bird Buddy, be it a pre-packaged loose seed mix, a homemade mix you’ve prepared yourself, chopped fruit, or even mealworms. Please be advised that you cannot use liquid food, such as nectar, to attract hummingbirds due to the drainage holes at the bottom of the feeder. You can find tips and tricks on which types of food to use to attract specific birds in the Bird Buddy app, as well as in the starter guide that was included in your Bird Buddy box.
If you’ve purchased the suet ball holder add-on, you can use suet to treat your birds to a proper feast as well.
Filling up the seed container
Filling up the seed container is super easy! You can access the seed container from the rear hatch. To make refills even easier, we included a seed scoop with a handy spout with every order.
- Open the rear hatch by pulling it towards yourself
- Fill the seed scoop with your bird food of choice
- Pour the food into the seed contained through the rear hatch opening
- Close the hatch by pushing it towards the feeder until you hear a clicking sound
The scoop holds approximately 2 cups (16oz) of seed: it takes about two scoops to fill the seed container if it's empty.
Cleaning the seed container
Keeping the feeder clean is one of the main ways to prevent the spread of disease among your feathery visitors. Make sure that the bird food is not wet, spoiled, soggy, or moldy. You can read more about how to clean and maintain your Bird Buddy here.
The holes on the bottom of the tray could get clogged, especially if the seeds contain a lot of filler material. However, we added quite a few holes to the bottom of the tray, so even if many of them clog, it should still drain properly.
The scoop should also always be clean; you can keep it that way with a wet rag and mild detergent. You can also clean it with water coming from a hose. Ensure the scoop is completely dry before scooping – this will prevent mold from forming in the seeds.
Neither element should be put in a dishwasher and make sure to always use a designated rag for wiping; this way you will avoid any cross-contamination.