1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3, Page #29[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Air-Powered Bird Feeder Refills Itself
Billed as the world's first fully auto-mated wild bird feeder, the BirdTech system consists of a see-through hopper that holds approximately 20 lbs. of bird seed and a computer-controlled air delivery system that mounts inside a house or garage.
The feeder can be located up to 300 ft. from the house. A 1 1/4-in. dia. plastic pipe is buried a few inches below ground. It carries any type of seed to the company's platform-type cedar feeder.
Bird lover Bob Tessier, who is an electrical engineer by trade, designed the system. He travels a lot and wanted a feeder that would refill itself whether he was home or not. A simple timer turns the unit off and on as needed.
The system can be programmed to operate for 1 to 99 seconds. Filling the feeder usually takes about a minute.
Sells for $995, not counting the pipe, connectors, and hollow feeder post.
Contact: BirdTech, 245 E. Roselawn, Suite 38, St. Paul, Minn. 55117 (ph toll-free 888 655-9686).
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