birds that don’t visit seed feeders with the
Fruit and Jelly
feeder. Cut or halve apples, oranges, peaches, nectarines,
grapefruit, and melons and place them on the copper spirals.
Use caution when twisting on the fruit because the ends of
the spirals are sharp. For that reason, children should not
re-fill this feeder.
This feeder also should be placed in the shade or away
from direct sunlight. The sun dries the fruit and the birds
won’t eat it. Also, the chance of the fruit rotting or
molding goes up as it remains on the feeder, so change the
fruit regularly. The dish maybe used for live mealworms to
attract Bluebirds. The metal parts of the feeder require
regular cleaning to get rid of the juice and fruit remnants
that attract bugs and ants.
Construction and Durability:
The strands of copper shaped into the two fruit-spear
spirals are virtually unbendable. Several strands of copper
intertwine to comprise the center, a single unit with a hook
for hanging in trees. The durable Pyrex bowl is made of
thick glass, but can still shatter in a hard impact. The
dish should only be used during mild weather, and brought in
The copper components of this feeder will not rust, and
will stand up to heavy rain and long winters. The copper
color has faded on my unit, but the feeder still holds fruit
and attracts birds with no problem. My feeder has blown out
of the tree several times, but the fruit has remained
attached. I have even had to search my yard a couple of
times to locate this feeder, and on both occasions found it
against the fence where a raccoon had tried to abscond with
Cleaning:The Fruit and Jelly feeder requires
frequent cleaning. Fruit rots quickly in warm areas and the
juices and pulp can cling to the feeders. Wash the feeder in
a 1:10 bleach-to-water mixture. Use a cloth or brush to get
all of the food remnants off of spirals. The Pyrex dish can
be washed in the dishwasher after every use.
The Fruit and Jelly feeder comes in one piece, complete with
a hook for hanging. A glass Pyrex dish is easily slipped
into place to serve jelly or mealworms. The dish is optional
and not required for feeder use.
Ease of Use: Excellent
Ease of Filling: Good
Birds Attracted: Orioles, mockingbirds, bluebirds,
purple finches, scarlet tanager, and wrens.
Summary: Offer birds a rare fruit treat from this
Fruit and Jelly feeder, which attracts birds you wouldn’t
normally bring to your yard with a seed feeder. Thick copper
spirals hold apples, oranges, peaches, or other fruit chunks
securely. Jelly or mealworms can be placed in the Pyrex
Capacity: Two pounds of fruit and/or jelly.
Size: 7” wide by 9” tall.
Holds fruit securely.
Copper will not rust.
Sharp edges of fruit spirals.
Needs cleaning often.
Needs a shady location.