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Like most people,
we started feeding birds as a hobby and something for the kids to enjoy.
It was easy and gratifying at first, just buy or build a simple storage
type feeder, hang it, and fill with seed. It
was nice in the morning to see the chickadees and other small birds visit.
wasn’t until later (about 2 days) when the problems
squirrels emptied it daily and kept
clinging on the feeder keeping the smaller birds away. Then, blackbirds,
starlings and house sparrows started to come around, adding to the disruption
and competing for food with the small birds, they were as bad as squirrels.
Our pleasant and brief bird watching experience soon became a circus with
squirrels running around everywhere and nuisance birds in the yard.
I thought of the RollerFeeder after reading
an article about someone who had the typical problems and used
a cable strung between two trees. On both sides of the feeder, they
placed several plastic bottles that would spin when a squirrel tried to access the
feeder. It was clever but not something most people
would want in
the yard, including us. The setup also seemed to be a hazard with a thin
line, and fell short by not considering large nuisance bird problems,
and squirrels can jump a long distance. I started on our own design incorporating the rotational bottle
concept and seed container...all-in-one. After some time in the basement
shop and a few
prototypes, the first RollerFeeder came to be, the Classic
model. (shown at top of page)
Some of the design criteria used are listed below. The list
includes features we (family included) thought were important based on the
all problems we had.
A birdfeeder for small-mid size songbirds that find
it difficult competing for food with
larger birds & squirrels.
A feeder we can locate where we want to view birds,
like a tree limb or pole, and not based on distance from trees or
A feeder that is a self-contained solution, not a feeder plus XYZ
products or unsightly contraption.
A traditional looking design with quality appeal.
Keep birds open to viewing.
A feeder you can use the best birdseed for attracting
native songbirds, black oil sunflower or high grade mixed seed.
birdfeeder that will prevent other animals besides squirrels from
No large birds like Starlings, Blackbirds, or others pesky birds
that deter small birds from coming around.
A feeder that is made of long lasting materials.
A feeder that is highly damage resistant by animals.
A feeder that is a mechanical solution not requiring electricity or batteries.
From our experience and testing, our new "Rolling" bird feeder
included all the
criteria above with some added entertainment value. At first, squirrels tried to get to the
often, but now just occasionally, and it's humorous to see when they
If you do end up buying a rolling bird feeder, we want to first say
thank you, and second, my family and I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as we have. After
all, its the little things (birds) in life that are the most enjoyable.
Rf - Since 1998
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RollerFeeder.com is the original maker and patent holder of
the RollerFeeder, which is a squirrel proof bird feeder that uses a squirrel
to roll itself off the feeder. We are located in Saint Paul Minnesota and our
business focus is using high quality materials, adding value with built-in features,
fast customer service/shipping, and above all solving bird feeder problems,
small or large. The inventor & owner still operates the business and designs the latest models
shown on our website.
In addition to squirrels and large nuisance
birds, the Rollerfeeder and accessories are designed to thwart animals typically not mentioned
including deer, raccoons, possum and small red or pine squirrels &
chipmunks. Common bird feeder & bird feeding annoyances we address
include: 1. Incorporating a built in rain-proof all weather housing
2. Tough spinning housing to deflect squirrel-impacts & prevent seed
from spilling out of the feeder. 3. Easy filling without caps, covers, or hinges.
4. Built in
seed-catcher reducing seed mess on the ground. 5. And, using a squirrel as the power
source to spin Rollerfeeder instead of batteries or motors. All features mentioned are intended
to save on common accessories sold in stores, save on bird seed, provide
squirrel entertainment without batteries or motors, and provide a user
We can be
contacted either by
Info at rollerfeeder.com