I have been looking for a small hanging bird feeder that I could throw out a few pieces of bread or other bird treats without throwing them on the ground where my dog will end up eating it. When I spotted the Better Homes and Gardens Cedar Hanging 2 in 1 Bird Feeder and Bird Bath at Walmart, I knew it would be perfect.
I was shopping with my daughter so I asked her if she would like to get it for me for my upcoming Birthday. It was a decent price at approximately $10 so she also got me a nice bag of extra nice bird seed. We were both pleased with our purchase.
This Better Homes and Gardens Bird Feeder is made with Cedar and can be used as a Bird Feeder or a Bird Bath.
Bird Feeder: The bird feeder is made with Cedar and Plastic and has six sides all made from red cedar. The Feeder measures about 12″ across and 2″ deep. It comes with Black metal Chains that hang about 15″ from the top of the S hook to where the bird feeder starts. These can easily be adjusted or you could use another chain.
The bottom of the bird feeder is a deep red plastic mesh which allows for drainage. This was a must so that food is not sitting in water. The plastic of course might not last as long as metal but for the price I did not mind.
To attach the chain to the feeder, each chain has a T bar at the bottom of the chain. There are three chains and the bottom of the feeder has three holes in the plastic where the chain drops through. The T bar keeps the chain in place. I would have preferred if they had put holes in the Wood instead of the plastic to make this product last a little longer. Also with only three chains the feeder tends to tip more easily. For this item 6 chains would have been perfect, one at each point. I may end up redoing the chains by screwing in six little eye hooks if I can find some chain that will work.
Bird Bath: The Bird Bath Portion is just a saucer that fits just inside the bird feeder. There are holes in the lip of the bird bath so that you can attach the chains through the holes in the saucer and then through the bottom of the bird feeder. This would keep it from blowing away on a windy day if there was no water in the bird bath.
the only problem with attaching it this way is that you could not easily remove the saucer for cleaning. The saucer is red plastic in a deep color that blends with the red wood frame and matches the red plastic mesh at the bottom of the feeder.
Feeding and Bathing your outside Birds
I have not used the Bird Bath Yet but I have used the Bird Feeder. I primarily bought this for a bird feeder for my winter birds but would consider putting water out for them if there was no snow. The chains were easy to attach to the feeder and hold securely with the T bars. I did have to bend some of the chain slightly to get it to hang level but it was not too difficult. I have it hanging next to my tube thistle feeder off my deck. I had birds coming to the thistle feeder already so this was a perfect way to introduce the birds to the new feeder.
It is always funny to watch birds avoid a new feeder. I guess one bird finally will go over to try it and then the others follow. The first few days my birds were happily feeding on my tube feeder and completely ignoring this one even though it was only a few inches away. Eventually after a few days the birds were using both feeders.
This feeder is perfect for throwing in some special seeds or nuts or even a couple pieces of bread. Generally this will not work for larger birds because the feeder will tip. I have yet to see this happen but I am looking forward to some bird antics when the doves discover this feeder.
We do not have any squirrels but I have a feeling if we did they would find a way to get the seeds from the feeder. I have both my feeders hanging off my deck and I can view them up close from the window in my sun room. Every morning while I am having coffee I sit and watch the birds have their breakfast. This new feeder is bringing me quite a lot of enjoyment and bringing new birds for me to watch.
Just on a side note… my indoor cat loves this feeder too. There is a lot more action on the bird feeders which seems quite entertaining for him.
Cleaning and Care
This Bird Feeder can be washed off in the sink. I would just use plain water as to not introduce any chemicals to my birds. Hot water and a brush does a great job and should not harm the bird feeder or the bird bath. A mild vinegar and water solution could be used on the plastic if extra cleaning is needed. Make sure to rinse well.