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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6, Page #39
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No-No Bird Feeder Keeps Squirrels At Bay

No wood and no plastic on the new No-No Bird Feeder means squirrels can't damage it, says Sweet Corn Products L.L.C., Bloomfield, Neb.
  The collapsible all metal bird feeder holds about 2 1/2 lbs. of sunflower seeds and can feed 10-15 birds at a time. Snow and rain blow through the mesh and drain out, leaving the seed to dry without the caking and spoilage found with other more traditional designs. A locking metal cap slides away for refilling. A metal ring around the base provides perching space while clinging birds can hang on the mesh itself.
  Ray Lush, general manager, designed the birdfeeder after visiting a wild bird show where he discovered that most feeders are bulky, difficult to ship and store, and are subject to squirrel and other pest damage.
  "I wanted a feeder that could ship or store flat, need no assembly, be easily refilled and would last longer," says Lush.
  With the aid of the Nebraska Technology Business Assistance office, Lush found a Chinese manufacturer who makes wire mesh egg baskets for Chinese farmers. After about 18 months and six prototype designs, he introduced his new bird feeder at the BirdwatchAmerica Show in Atlanta this past January. In the first two months, he sold more than 8,000 of the bird feeders through dealers and distributors around the country and another 8,000 within the next three weeks. Since then business has continued to increase.
  Lush sells the feeders direct to customers for $19.95 plus $4 shipping and handling.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Sweet Corn products L.L.C. , P.O. Box 487, Bloomfield, NE 68718 (ph 402 373-2211).
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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6