The primary functions of a bird feeder and a waterer are obvious: to store adequate amounts of nutrition and hydration. However, those two essential receptacles also have an impact on other facets of a bird’s surroundings. That provides retailers with the opportunity to offer a variety of these products so owners can customize to suit the environment as well as the personality of their feathered friends.
“Some birds prefer to eat from an open cup or bowl, so it’s smart to stock these,” said Jason Savitt, president of Prevue Pet Products in Chicago, in “Play in the Bowl Game,” an article that appeared in the November 2018 issue of Pet Age. “But cleanliness and controlling seed mess continue to be driving concerns for bird owners. This is where hooded and mess-control feeders can help.”
For owners who have a lot on their figurative plates, it can help them and their pets to have extra food and water containers on hand.
“With busy schedules, it’s easy to forgo the changing out of bird dishes daily if a pet bird has only one dish for water and one for food,” said Melanie Allen, avian product specialist with Hagen Avicultural Research Institute in Mansfield, Massachusetts. “By having replacement dishes, preferably dishwasher-safe kinds, the receptacles can get rotated, which leads to a cleaner bird environment that helps prevent bacterial growth.”
Some feeders can be mounted inside or outside of a cage or be set up to stand on their own, allowing room for the addition of bird bath. Outdoor birds have their own types of feeders and waterers that are designed to protect their contents from other animals.
Savitt recommends that retailers take a proactive role in advising bird owners on these purchases.
“Guide them and curate a positive and informative shopping experience by suggesting the right feeders and waterers—from ceramic, metal and plastic types to open, hooded and multi-functional designs,” he concluded.
This Penn-Plax seed and water cup is a refreshing change on an essential part of your pet’s living space. The Orange Cup can lock in securely to any part of the cage, and can even stand on its own safely! The cup, which measures 3in x 3in x 3in, can hold food and water. A fun twist that will definitely interest your bird!
JW Insight Bird Bath
Watch your pet bird splish and splash with the JW Insight Bird Bath. Designed to easily fit on the main door of most small and medium cages with a clever screw-on design, the Insight Bird Bath helps keep the bath water in and keep your bird’s cage clean. It’s the perfect size for parakeets, cockatiels and birds of a similar size. Adding a tiny bath to your cage is an inexpensive way to help maintain your bird’s feather health and to cut down on feather dust.
Fly-Through Suet Feeders
Fly-Through bird seed feeders have been all the rage. Complement your wild bird section with uniquely designed Fly-Through Suet Feeders. Attractive and durable, these feeders are made with powder-coated metal components, mesh bottom for drainage and built-in hanger. Birding consumers love to decorate their backyards with attractive bird feeders.
Roamwild PestOff Bird Feeder
When a large bird, squirrel or rat lands on the perch of the feeder, the heavy weight of the pest makes the perch hatch move downward, blocking off access to the food. Once the frustrated pest moves off the perch, the perch hatch automatically returns to its open position, awaiting for the next lightweight songbird to feed or to stop the next pest—letting only the small birds feed!
Awesome Parrot Café
The Awesome Parrot Café food and seed station for larger birds is designed to be totally messless, with a design that keeps waste away from where birds eat. It can be mounted inside or outside of any parrot cage and is made of sturdy, dishwasher-safe polycarbonate plastic.
Insulated Chicken Water Cooler
This insulated water cooler is a great offering for the growing number of pet lovers who are adding pet chickens to their family of pets. The Insulated Chicken Water Cooler also features retractable legs for added convenience.
EZ Care Pet Bird T-Stand
The Kaytee EZ Care Pet Bird T-Stand is the perfect way to keep the flock together. The all-natural wood perch and stainless-steel food and water cups are perfect for small- to medium-size birds. The deep catch pan was specifically designed to reduced food and treat scatter for easy cleanup.