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For several years I have used a Stokes Select Giant Combo Bird Feeder purchased at my local Fleet Farm Store. I have liked the feeder because it stands up well, allows me to put a lot of sunflower seeds out at one time and is easy to fill. I was gone for several days and after returning I noticed an American Goldfinch perched on the feeder in an odd position. Upon closer inspection I found that the bird had gotten its head caught in one of the feeding portals when it was attempting to reach in for seeds. I suppose if this was a baby crib it would be recalled but since it is a bird feeder I’m not sure anything will happen. It took quite some time to extract the dead bird. It appears that the feed was just about level with the bottom of the feeding portal so it was able to get it head completely in the portal and then couldn’t extract it’s head.

This is an update. Today I had a second bird die in this feeder. In both cases the only way to remove the bird was to decapitate it. That’s how bad they were wedged into the feeding portal. this appears to be a serious design flaw that I reported to the company but as is typical of american business I received no response.

Another update. I had a third bird get caught in the feeder. This one was alive when I found it However I had to dismantle part of the feeder to get it out. I decided to discontinue use of this type of feeder since it is detrimental to the birds I’m supposed to be helping.

In a related story I also had problems with my Hummingbird feeders. I hung three of them from my rain gutters using bungee cords. It works great but in an effort to make it easy for me to refill them I used a long cord that made it easy to reach the feeders from my deck. When I went out to refill the feeders I found two of them on the ground with the little yellow flowers pulled off and chewed up. One of them had the base unscrewed. Apparently I’m not the only one that can reach them. It appears the raccoons like a little nectar as well.


  1. I had the same thing happen just yesterday, same type of feeder. Switching to an open type feeder

    • Thanks for the comment.
      I had a third bird trapped a couple of days ago but with considerable effort was able to free it. I’ve also removed the feeder and have complained to the company but so far no response. Too bad I really liked the feeder.

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