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Why do we hate pigeons

Pigeons orginally inhabited on sea side cliffs, when cities were developed the pigeons quickly moved in. This was because a building to a pigeon was just like cliff - pigeons were uniquley suited to city life. Infact from the Egyption times to Rome to the early 20th century, pigeons were enjoyed by humans as food.

 So why do we hate pigeons now?

Many people strongly believe that pigeons cause and spread disease. Pigeons are known to be susceptible to disease like tuberculosis however no more than any other wild animal, critics argue because of the collsal population of pigeons they have good reason to raise this point.

Evolution also plays a role as to why we dislike pigeons. Back in cavemen times birds were a lot bigger and we were unsure of their behaviour. Human survival instinct makes us play it safe when encountering aniamls we are uncertain about. We still carry this trait which is why a lot of people dislike pigeons.

Pigeons are also considered a pest, they're not the best looking specie and can be a hassle in the garden, especially when you are trying to feed all those gorgeous wild birds that come to visit. That's why we've designed a completly pigeon proof bird feeder so only the wild birds can feed. 

See how it works here https://homgar.com/collections/squirrel-proof-bird-feeders

  • Abhinav Gupta

Why You Should NOT Buy A Regular Bird Feeder

If you’re reading this you’re probably considering or have considered buying a bird feeder. I will attempt to convince you that not only do regular bird feeders burn money, but at the end of the day, they just don’t work and in fact end up feeding pests rather than the beautiful song birds that we all know and love.

 

4 Reasons NOT To Buy A Regular Bird Feeder

 

1) Squirrels and other pests will destroy the feeder

This is the number one complaint people express about regular bird feeders. It is extremely common for pests to chew through and wreck a bird feeder making it completely unusable.

 

2) Squirrels and other pests such as Magpies, Pigeons and Crows will steal all the food!

As well as the pests destroying your bird feeder - they will also easily steal the food so your garden birds will now go hungry! Let’s also not forget the time, money and effort you’ve spent on buying bird seed and setting up the feeder only for the squirrels to ruin everything… Sounds like a waste of time money and effort to me!

 

3) Most bird feeders are not made of good quality materials

Bird feeders are usually made from plastic or other low grade materials – this therefore makes them extremely vulnerable to the weather and will deteriorate very quickly.

 

4) Seed Clogging

Most bird feeders are not weather proof. This means that, when it rains the bird seed in the feeder will clog up and be ruined, now you have to struggle to empty the feeder and buy more bird seed – yet again, more wasted money you’ve spent on this incompetent bird feeder! 

 

Conclusion 

After reading this, you’re probably thinking there’s no point in even attempting to feed garden birds, well… then you’d be wrong. Lucky for you squirrel proof bird feeders solve all these problems and ensure that only song birds feed and puts a stop to all pests. Trust me when I say, it’s worth spending a little more extra money on a high quality squirrel proof bird feeder as I can guarantee that you will save money almost immediately on not only not having to buy more bird feeders but also you will save a fortune on bird seed.

  • Oliver Freedman
Are Travel Pillows Worth It?

Are Travel Pillows Worth It?

 

They are something you see in every airport and airplane you have ever been in or on, a travel neck pillow. But, is it worth buying a neck pillow? Do they really help, or do they just make you look a bit silly? With so many types and styles of pillow out there on the market, which one should you choose to best suit your needs?

What Actually Is A Travel Neck Pillow?

Travel neck pillows are usually designed in a ‘horse-shoe’ type shape, which is so that it sits around your neck and provides support and comfort making sleeping easier on various forms of transport etc. 

What Should You Look For When You Are Investing In A Travel Neck Pillow?

 Comfort

When it comes to travel pillows and sleeping, comfort is obviously the key priority. You want something where you can rest your head in all sorts of positions depending on your preference.

Often when you are using a pillow you are sitting in an upright seat, such as when on a long haul flight. You most likely will need something that will support your head and neck whilst you sleep. The problem with a lot of pillows, is that they are fine and comfortable when you are awake, but as soon as you nod off, your head tips forward causing stress and strain to your neck muscles, and therefore causing pain and discomfort once you wake up.

Durability

Travel neck pillows can be great, at first. Sometimes, though, after a few uses, they start to sag and get less firm. This can be because of the quality of the materials used to produce the pillow. The interior filling can sometimes be less durable, and will shift over time, or collapse, reducing the pillow’s efficiency.

Transportability

One of the big problems with travel pillows is that can be awkward to carry around with you. This can be because they are too large, and do not fold down for easy transportation. So, getting one that can be compacted, or that can clip onto your luggage etc is a great thing to look out for.

Price

When looking for a pillow, you should spend enough that the pillow will be good enough quality and will last. Like sunglasses or shoes etc, if you buy cheap ones, you’ll probably regret it pretty quickly, as you will only need to replace it sooner. However, that does not mean you have to break the bank or go for the most expensive.

The highest price does not always equal the best product. A great example of a pillow which has great quality, and amazing versatility, without breaking the bank, is The Roamwild Surround Travel Pillow AIR. It can be used in multiple ways, providing the ultimate comfort for all types of travel situations and travel needs. It has 2 inflatable side supports which can be individually inflated and angled forwards or backwards for your preferred positioning.

https://homgar.com/collections/roamwild/products/roamwild-surround-travel-pillow-air

It has 5 unique user modes, making it one of the most versatile pillows on the market. These modes are: normal • one side up • both sides up • partially inflated • backwards.It also has twin air valve technology for optimised inflation and rapid deflation, and it compacts down to a quarter of its size when deflated, to be easily stored under the tray table or in a carry bag/hand luggage or any travel bags. Priced at only £9.99, it is definitely one of the best value, yet most impressive, travel pillows you can ever want when you are on the move.

https://homgar.com/collections/roamwild/products/roamwild-surround-travel-pillow-air

Check out the Roamwild Surround Travel Pillow AIR now.

  • Mandy Gasson

How To Fill Your Roamwild PestOff Bird Feeder

Step 1) Hold side of lid whist holding the feeder tube & lift lid upwards away from tube and rotate to the side.

Step 2) Fill your feeder and replace lid by re-centring and pressing downwards until the lid clicks and locks down into the tube.

  • Oliver Freedman

How To Dissemble and Clean Your Roamwild PestOff Bird Feeder

Step 1) Release the metal collar by prizing its edges out and up from the plastic part. Then slide the metal collar up the clear tube exposing the plastic moulded tube release tabs.

Step 2) While holding the base with both hands, depress the 2 moulded tabs while lifting upwards on the seed tube to release it.

Step 3) Photo showing tube separate from the base.

Step 4) Use a safe, non-toxic cleaner to soak the seed tube.

Step 5) Use a nylon bristle brush to scrub the inside of the seed tube 

Step 6) Use soft brushes or similar to gently remove debris from the base, run base under hot water if that helps break seed up.

  • Oliver Freedman

The Ultimate Guide To Attracting Birds To The Roamwild PestOff Bird Feeder

PestOff Mixed Seed / Sunflower FeederTry feeding sunflower hearts in your feeder to start with. The little birds will not be able to resist these and it will build their confidence quickly. Sunflower hearts also offer clean feeding.
Some mixed seed mixes can create lots of mess as the little birds sift through finding their favourite seed and flicking the rest of the mix on the floor.
In your Mixed Seed / Sunflower PestOff bird feeder you can also feed dried mealworms, any mixed seed mix and any type of sunflower seed.

PestOff Peanut / Dried Mealworm / Suet Pellet FeederTry feeding a combination of dried mealworms, crushed peanuts and suet pellets to start with. The little birds will not be able to resist these and it will build their confidence quickly. (Tip – Suet pellets are much less expensive than peanuts and the little songbirds go crazy for them). You can make crushed nuts from your existing stock of peanuts by putting some peanuts in a carrier bag and bashing them with a heavy object. For adult use only.

PestOff Nyjer / Thistle FeederThe PestOff Nyjer / Thistle feeder is designed to feed NYJER / THISTLE seed only.

If for some reason you have tried these techniques and birds are still shy of the feeder, we reconmend you hang your old bird feeder up (and fill it up half way) next to the PestOff bird feeder, once your old feeder empties the birds should then move onto the PestOff feeder. You can then remove your old feeder. 

 Feeder Hanger Instructions

The PestOff Bird Feeder has several squirrel deterrent design elements. The large lid serves as a squirrel baffle to keep them from climbing down the feeder. If the squirrel does land on the feeder, the spring loaded perches will drop down under the squirrel's weight and deny access to the seed.

As with any squirrel proof bird feeder you must hang the PestOff Bird Feeder at least 18" (45cm) away from anything that a squirrel can stand on and reach out to grab the feeder. If a squirrel is standing on a deck railing and can reach your PestOff Bird Feeder, he is able to access the seed ports without activating the weight mechanisms. You can use the PestOff Bird Feeder Brackets to hang your PestOff Bird Feeder so that there is at least 18" (45cm) of clearance around the feeder. See diagram for details. Pestoff Bird Feeder Brackets are not included but are available seperatley 

 

  • Oliver Freedman