Once your new feeder is installed and filled the birds need
to know that the food source has changed. Remember that from the birds viewpoint there is now a big shiny scary
object in with them. They need to learn to trust this thing!
The easiest way to train the birds to use the feeder is to
place an object, like a rock, on the treadle thereby holding the door to the feed all the way open. Show a few of
the birds where the feed is by placing them on the treadle and if needed, gently put their head into the feed. You
could sprinkle a trail of feed up to the plate and some on the lip of the tray, too.
With the treadle held down they will soon begin to trust
this new object, especially since it's full of food! Once a few get it they will show the others. Don't forget to
take all the other feed sources away so they will get hungry.
After a day or so the rock can be removed and once again
they will be cautious as now there is movement and sound when they step on the treadle. It won't take very long at
all though and they will realize that it didn't hurt them before and it won't now. Besides - dinner is waiting in
Every once in awhile it takes a bit longer to train - be
aware that if you "baby" them and feed them cause you feel sorry they are not getting enough to eat because they
are still wary of the feeder - you are actually teaching them they don't have to eat from the feeder, that you will
come and rescue them. You will prolong the training to no end!! That is not why you got it though I am
It is important that you force the issue. Keep them locked
up if possible and they will get the idea eventually. They will learn that it won't hurt them and when they do -