A friend of mine recently told me he'd had to take his feeders down because of the squirrels, and since his birthday is coming up in a few weeks I thought I'd get him one of these cages... but now I can't find them anywhere.
Amazon, the RSPB shop and every wild bird supplier in the UK seems to have stopped stocking them... but they do have cages with the feeder already fixed inside the cage.
I don't want this... I prefer to be able to change the feeder whenever I want, or to even wire a mesh dish to the inside of the cage for things like suet pellets or mealworms depending on the season. The fixed-feeder cages are (surprise surprise!) of course two or even three times the cost of the cage alone.
I find it so annoying- something that worked really well has been discontinued in favour of something that's more expensive, much harder to clean and is less flexible as to its use.
I could give him one of mine, of course... but I don't think a second-hand slightly rusty bird cage is much of a birthday present!
Thanks for the suggestions, Teasel and Dave... the problem with those feeders are that they don't come apart like the squirrel blocking cage, which makes it impossible to attach a mesh tray to the bottom of the inside.
Also, cost is a big factor for me- by the time I bought one of those for £30, (they'll have postage on top of that) plus a mesh tray... another £6, probably- and then post it to him, (another £10) the overall total will be approaching £50! I simply can't do that... not for a bird feeder.
I'll just have to hold out and keep looking; maybe someone will start stocking the two-part cages again.
I always put lids on my cages, (the sort normally used on galvanised chicken feeders) and since I have two spare ones I'll fix one of those to the top of it and then a mesh tray in the bottom. Once it arrives and I get it all assembled I'll post a photo of it. It takes a bit of fiddling.