A great loss to the world of hummingbird feeders happened when
Schrodt Designs, a small Ashland, Oregon company got swallowed by The Backyard Brands Inc. Schrodt made beautiful bird feeders. Their crown jewel was a Ruby-Faceted Hummingbird Feeder which you see here.
Some hummingbird feeders are functional. Some are beautiful. Only one or two are beautiful AND functional. This feeder is one of them. Not only is it gorgeous; it is extremely popular with hummingbirds — which is the point, after all. We have five different hummingbird feeders in our yard and the Schrodt feeder is always empty first and always has the most birds feeding from it.
At least a year ago, Backyard Brands, based in Fulton, Illinois, bought Schrodt and has not supplied the feeder to its vendors since. We call Backyard and hear that the feeder will be shipped in two weeks, or six months, or one month, or next week, or in two months. At least that’s what we hear on that rare occasion we reach a human being. Judging from their unanswered telephone tree, they must be very busy or have a moribund service department. Once a human being told us that there is a “quality control” problem with their plant in Taiwan. By now, someone from Backyard Brands could have swum to Asia and fixed the problem. Or found a supplier in the U.S. or just given the business back to Schrodt.
We begin to doubt that we’ll ever see this feeder again. For now, if you have one of these fine feeders; cherish it, as it may be extinct before long.