• Free shipping to SA metros. Without this chicken feeder, it is almost guaranteed that pigeons in your area will have a feast at your cost. This chicken feeder will pay for itself!
    • WASTE PROOF Chickens are messy feeders and flick aside unwanted food to get to their preferred morsels. The narrow feeding port prevents the spilling of food as only the chickens head fits inside. Once in, the eyesight is limited, and they have to take whatever comes into reach. An added advantage is that your area remains clean and does not attract rodents and flocks of birds, which might be carriers of diseases, lice and mites.
    • RAINPROOF No more soggy feed that goes to waste, but don’t place a garden sprinkler nearby. The feeding ports prevent the intrusion of even heavy rain, but not necessarily from water sprayed sideways as sprinklers do.
    • PIDGEON PROOF Those birds are too short of reaching the feeding ports, and their necks are not long enough to reach the content.
    • RODENT PROOF Mice and rats will not reach the feeding ports, provided you don’t create a platform from where they can get to the feeding ports.
    • WILD BIRD PROOF The tunnel to the food at the bottom is too deep to reach.
    • NO FOOD CONTAMINATION Faeces cannot contaminate the container's contents.
    • SQUIRREL-PROOF? We haven’t found out yet. Please let us know your experience.
     
  • Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
    Owls are especially vulnerable in urban areas as a result of rapid habitat loss and poisonings.
    It is challenging to ‘attract’ owls to your garden. You can, however, provide an owl-friendly environment that might increase the likelihood of wild owls choosing to live nearby.
    Two factors determine whether an owl will remain in an area: food and nesting availability.
    What can you do to help protect Owls?
    1. Don’t use chemical rat poisons that kill down the food chain. If you must use poison, products such as Racumen, which do not cause subsequent animal deaths, are the only ones you should use.
    2. Get an Owl Box and put it up in your garden.
    The ideal location of a Nesting Box:
    • 4 - 6 m above the ground, avoid direct sun.
    • Install the box out of any prevailing wind.
    • Have a clear flight path to the box.
    • Be in a quiet area.
    • Do not attempt to lure owls to the box with food; this will only encourage other animals and deter the owl.
    Nothing rusts on this box, as rust causes wood-rot.
    The wood has been sealed with the best marine-grade wood preserve available.
    Radical Raptors, Bird of Prey Rehabilitation & Awareness Centre have approved the design of this nesting box.
    GardenStuff also stocks Nesting Boxes for the common Spotted Eagle Owl.
    References:
    Cape Town Green Map
    www.africanraptor.co.za
  • The only commercial bee hotel of its kind in South Africa that prevents rain from flooding the chambers, drowning its inhabitants! Free shipping to SA metros! This is our contribution to help to save our bees. 🐝 Did you know? Most South Africans are unaware that there are over 1.000 known species of bees in our country (and about 20.000 species worldwide). In South Africa, the bee abundance and diversity are dwindling, hence the need to lend a helping hand. It is a well-known fact that bee pollination is essential for fruit, vegetable and seed development. Without bees, the agricultural industry would collapse, and the human race would be in serious trouble. Only a very few species of bees live in colonies and make honey; they are the well-known honey bees and the Mopani bees. The vast majority of bees in our country are 'solitary bees' (Hymenoptera) because they make individual nest cells for their larvae. Many solitary bees are tiny, and you may not realise they are bees. Solitary bees are far more efficient pollinators than honey bees. Solitary bees are harmless and not aggressive. They are either stingless or doubtful to sting, making them safe around children and pets. Solitary bees usually create nests in hollow reeds, twigs or holes in wood. GardenStuff's bee hotels provide these desperately needed nesting hollows for them. 🐝 What is a Bee Hotel? It is a human-made object that offers Solitary bees a home where they can rest and breed safely. A bee hotel will not attract honey bees. Honey bees require different nesting structures. A bee hotel is a bee's permanent home for eleven months of its short life as it develops from an egg through a larvae stage, then as a dormant pupa, and finally emerges as an adult. To enjoy the hotel and all of the activity, hang it at eye level or lower if the children want to get involved. Find a dry spot in dappled sunlight, a bright, shaded area or in an area that only receives early morning sunlight (not direct sunlight as that will be too hot). Hang it where you can see it and enjoy it. Take pride in knowing that you are making a valuable contribution to the protection and conservation of our bees. 🐝 What is happening inside the Bee Hotel? Most of the pollen and nectar that bees gather visiting flowers in the gardens feed their larvae. This is the main feeding stage of developing bees as they do not grow larger once they emerge from the pupa. Adult bees ingest only small quantities as food. One can take a close peep at the tunnels to see what's going on inside. Don't worry, Solitary bees will not come out and attack. 🐝 Where to put your Bee Hotel? One should not position the bee house in the permanent shade and not in the continuous sun. Solitary bees are cold-blooded and rely on the sun's heat to warm them up in the morning. It is unlikely to be used if you site your bee hotel in the shade or hidden behind thick vegetation. One should firmly fix a bee house so that it does not swing or sway in the wind, so you should not hang it from a branch. If possible, find a spot that has some protection from the rain. Endless winter wet, not cold is their enemy. 🐝 Will any Bee Hotel do? In the light of public concern about sudden bee declines as reported in the media, many horticultural suppliers are now offering commercially made wooden bee houses (also called condos or bee traps). Sadly many of them are inadequate for several possible reasons:
    • Many bee hotels are ornamental rather than functional, designed to appeal to human aesthetics more than being beneficial to solitary bees.
    • They offer insufficient protection from wet weather. Rain floods the chambers, drowning the occupants.
    • The holes are too large because they are made abroad to cater to species that do not live in our country.
    • Tunnels have splinters inside. Bees will avoid those to prevent damage to their wings.
    • Tubes have no solid back wall and are only open-ended wind tunnels.
    • They contain glass or plastic tubes which cause condensation and fungus moulds.
    • Some bee houses are too large. Many bee species will not live near each other. It is better to spread some smaller bee houses around the garden instead of having one big hotel. One should avoid bee houses with dozens of chambers as parasitic insects and mites easily prey on larger numbers of solitary bees living close by.
    • Some bee hotels are made of plywood, chipboard, particleboard, plastic or cardboard. Those are not suitable.
    • Many bee houses are made to hang from a branch or hook and cannot be firmly attached. Bees do not like swinging nests.
    Acknowledgements: We are grateful to the apiculturist's Marc Carlton and Michael Hickman for the information that we have used for this article.
  • Collect your pre-ordered ‘Bee Support Kit’ from our factory and receive four bags (80 dm) of ‘Organic Container Potting Soil (PTS) for the bee garden for free. The 'Bee Support Kit' contents descriptions are listed below. 🐝 Did you know? Most South Africans are unaware that there are over 1.000 known species of bees in our country (and about 20.000 species worldwide). In South Africa, the bee abundance and diversity is dwindling, hence the need for us to lend a helping hand. It is a well-known fact that bee pollination is essential for fruit, vegetable and seed development. Without bees, the agricultural industry would collapse, and the human race would be in serious trouble. Only a few bees live in colonies and make honey; they are the well-known honey bees and the Mopani bees. The vast majority of bees in our country are called ‘solitary bees’ (Hymenoptera) because they make individual nest cells for their larvae. Many solitary bees are tiny, and you may not have realised they are bees. Solitary bees are far more efficient pollinators than honey bees. Solitary bees are harmless and not aggressive. They are either stingless or very unlikely to sting, making them safe around children and pets. Solitary bees usually create nests in hollow reeds, twigs or holes in wood. GardenStuff’s bee hotels provide these desperately needed nesting hollows for them. 🐝 What is a Bee Hotel? It is a human-made object that offers Solitary bees a home to rest and breed in safety. A bee hotel will not attract honey bees. Honey bees require different nesting structures. A bee hotel is a bee’s permanent home for eleven months of its short life as it develops from an egg through a larvae stage, then as a dormant pupa, and finally emerges as an adult. To enjoy the hotel and all of the activity, hang it at eye level or lower if the children would like to get involved. Find a dry spot in dappled sunlight, a bright, shaded area, or an area that only receives early morning sunlight (not direct sunlight as that will be too hot). Hang it where you can see it and enjoy it. Take pride in knowing that you are making a valuable contribution to the protection and conservation of our bees. 🐝 What is happening inside the Bee Hotel? Most of the pollen and nectar that bees gather is to feed their larvae. This is the main feeding stage of developing bees as they do not grow larger once they emerge from the pupa. Adult bees ingest only small quantities as food. One can take a close peep at the tunnels to see what's going on inside. Don’t worry, Solitary bees will not come out and attack. 🐝 Where to put your Bee Hotel? The bee house must be positioned out of permanent shade and out of continuous sun. Solitary bees are cold-blooded and rely on the morning sun’s heat to warm them up. If you place your bee hotel in the shade or hidden behind vegetation, it is unlikely to be used. A bee house must be firmly fixed to not swing or sway in the wind, so you should not hang it from a branch. If possible, find a spot that has some protection from the rain. Persistent winter wet, not cold, is their enemy. 🐝 Will any Bee Hotel do? In the light of public concern about sudden bee declines as reported in the media, many horticultural suppliers are now offering commercially made wooden bee houses (also called condos or bee traps). Sadly many of them are inadequate for several possible reasons:
    • Many bee hotels are ornamental rather than functional, designed to appeal to human aesthetics more than being beneficial to solitary bees
    • They offer insufficient protection from wet weather
    • The holes are too large because they are made abroad to cater to species that do not live here
    • Tunnels have splinters inside. Bees will avoid those to prevent damage to their wings
    • Tubes have no solid back wall and are only open-ended wind tunnels
    • They contain glass or plastic tubes which cause condensation and fungus moulds
    • Some bee houses are too large. Many bee species will not live near each other. It is better to spread some smaller bee houses around the garden instead of having one big house
    • Some bee hotels are made of plywood, chipboard, particleboard, plastic or cardboard. Those are not suitable.
    • Many bee houses are made to hang from a branch or hook and cannot be firmly fixed. Bees do not like swinging nests.
    CONTENTS:
    • BEE HOTEL
    • BEE GARDEN Slots together in seconds, no tools required
    • BEE FLOWERS SEED MIX Kirchhoff's Heir Loom 'Colour Patch' Winter Dwarf or Summer Splendour (seasonal)
    • ORGANIC FLOWER FERTILISER It will not kill worms or microbes in the soil.
    • VOLCANIC ROCK DUST 72+ minerals and trace elements for healthy and productive soil
    • DRINKING STATION Stainless steel jar with 50 glass marbles (to prevent common drowning)
    Acknowledgements: I am grateful to the apiculturist's Marc Carlton and Michael Hickman for the information that we have used for this article.
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    Discover what birds frequent your area. Please Note:
    Neither birds nor people do well on a diet of just bread and water. They need a balanced diet. Occasionally putting out some bread for the birds is not harmful. Please do not offer mouldy food.
  • Free Shipping! This floor to ceiling scratch post and climbing pole has been designed to fit the 'Mini' Catio model only. The product is not suitable for use without the 'Mini Tower' cat enclosure.
  • Free Shipping! This floor to ceiling scratch post and climbing pole has been designed to fit the 'Mini Tower' Catio model only. The product is not suitable for use without the 'Mini Tower' cat enclosure.
  • Free Shipping! Simple setup. Cats like climbing, they love being up high. The cat access door slides open and close. It has two hinged access door for maintenance purposes. Six floating platforms are provided at different levels. The floor to ceiling scratch and climbing pole is an optional extra and must be ordered separately. Approximate Measurements: 136 cm (l) x 64 cm x 204 cm (h)
  • Free Shipping! Simple setup. The free-standing outdoor 'Mini' cat enclosure is our smallest catio. The cat access door slides open and close. It has one hinged access door for maintenance purposes. Three floating platforms are provided at different levels. The floor to ceiling scratch-pole is an optional extra to be ordered separately. Approximate Measurements: 136 cm (l) x 64 cm x 104 cm (h) The 'Mini' Catio can be expanded to our next bigger cat enclosure, the 'Mini Tower'. Cats love vertical spaces.
  • Chicken Coop ‘Cluckingham Palace’

    R16,897.00
    Scam alert issued by GardenStuff! Someone in South Africa is defrauding many by using a professional-looking but fake chicken coop website. The fraudsters website is an exact copy of that of a legitimate merchant in Australia. Free delivery in the region around Cape Town! We do ship nationwide, but a co-payment might be required; please enquire. The ‘Cluckingham Palace’ is the right choice if you have more than six chickens that need to be confined temporarily and safely in the fully enclosed chicken run. If a chicken run is unnecessary, the ‘Waldorf Eggstoria’ model might be a better and cheaper selection. The large hen-house comfortably sleeps up to twelve average chickens on four elevated roosts. Some hens prefer to sleep in the egg box instead. If you wish to prevent this, a nesting box access blocker can do this. While the chicken roost, their poop will land in two droppings trays below. It is such an easy job to keep the hen house clean. Pull out the trays and scrape the droppings off with a spatula stored inside the eggbox. The poop is a superb addition to the compost. The egg box contains four differently sized nesting compartments. Hens have not only personalities but also their individual preferences. Some want tight spaces, and others need room, so here they have options. Up to seven hens share one nest, but the average is three birds to one nest. There is no congestion as they lay their eggs at different times during the day. Egg collection is a breeze. Just lift the lid, hook it to the roof, and you have both hands free. To keep the chickens away from the nests while you are busy, drop in the nesting box access blocker. You can reach every spot in the hen-house without effort. There is a hinged maintenance door on both sides above the droppings trays. The robust barrel locks can be padlocked should you see a reason to do so. The ‘Cluckingham Palace’ has been designed to not overheat in full sun. Cool air draws into the henhouse from underneath, rises as it warms and exits through hidden ventilation slots in the roof. The henhouse rests on a sturdy base that has been CCA pressure treated. This treatment makes it possible to survive for years without much deterioration, even if placed in mud. We construct the chicken run with the same material, and it requires no maintenance. All our chicken coops are on those elevated bases for two reasons. One is to provide a shady spot and offer rain protection to the girls. The second reason is with regards to rodents, should you be so unfortunate to have those around. The elevation keeps mice and rats out of the henhouse as there is no entry point from underneath. In addition, you could close the chicken access door and even unhook the ladder to fortify the palace. The most effective prevention to attracting rodents to your coop is to have no food within reach. We highly recommend our ‘No Waste’ Chicken Feeder for this purpose. The ‘Cluckingham Palace’ is good to sleep up to twelve chickens, but that does not mean that so many birds should remain inside the chicken run permanently. The run is intended to be a temporary holding pen only. However, we can enlarge the run to any size you deem fit. If you look closely at the pictured chicken run, you might notice that it consists of three sections. We can add any number of segments to arrive at a size that you like. The standard chicken run has two access doors for maintenance purposes. A nifty optional extra is a small sliding door through which chickens can leave and return. No bigger animal will be able to get through, so the chicken run turns into a safe sanctuary for your hens if they need to get away from something. You, of course, can open and close the door as you please. This door comes in handy to let the flock out in the morning and lock them up for the night. You will notice that we stay away from the customary chicken wire for many reasons. Instead, we use a robust, maintenance-free plastic mesh. It is costly, but it looks better and lasts a lifetime without changing its appearance. Are you a prospective owner? New to raising chickens? Here is a clickable link to our free guide for the care of pet chickens that covers all the basics: Keeping Chicken 101 Need to chat? Call Uli 071 - 245 1658  
  • Scam alert issued by GardenStuff! Someone in South Africa is defrauding many by using a professional-looking but fake chicken coop website. The fraudsters website is an exact copy from a legitimate merchant in Australia. Free shipping to SA metros! Simple ± 30 minutes re-assembly. The 'Ikhaya' is ideal if you have only two or three chickens allowed to roam freely during the day. Inside the hen-house is an elevated roosting pole where up to three chickens can sleep comfortably side by side. The egg nest is on a platform that slots in place and can be stored away inside the coop if not wanted. This feature makes cleaning super easy. One egg nest is enough for three chickens as they lay their eggs at different times. Up to seven hens share one nest. Human access to the inside is easy too by just lifting off the roof. The coop is designed to stand in full sun without overheating. Fresh air draws in through the gaps in the bottom, and hot air escapes through the ventilation channel underneath the roof. All droppings in the hen-house fall onto a sliding tray. Once again, problem-free quick cleaning. The coop rests on an elevated base so no vermin can get inside. The solid chicken door is on hinges and has a barrel lock for added security. The removable chicken ladder is on hooks below the door. Features: - Solid pine throughout, treated with the best marine-grade wood sealer available. - Ventilation channel under the lift-off roof. - Door with barrel lock. - Elevated roosting pole. - Slot-in, easy clean nesting compartment. - Slide-out cleaning tray. - Detachable ramp ladder. - Perspex window. - Pitched lift-off roof. - Chicken door aperture: 30 cm x 19.5 cm - Three chicken door themes of your choice. Are you a prospective chicken owner? New to keeping chicken? Here is a clickable link to our free guide for the care of pet chickens that covers all the basics: Keeping Chicken 101 Need to chat? Call Uli 071 – 245 1658  
  • Chicken Coop ‘Nkandla XL’

    R9,897.00
    Scam alert issued by GardenStuff! Someone in South Africa is defrauding many by using a professional-looking but fake chicken coop website. The fraudsters website is an exact copy from a legitimate merchant in Australia. For a limited time, free shipping to South African metros! The ‘Nkandla XL’ is one of our most popular chicken coops among the urban backyard chicken keepers. The hen-house comfortably sleeps up to six regular-sized chickens. The city bylaws allow us to keep five hens without needing a permit (Cape Town five hens, Johannesburg ten hens), so the ‘Nkandla XL’ size is just perfect. The fully enclosed chicken-run is meant to be a safe temporary holding pen only, not a permanent enclosure for many chickens. In that case, the ‘Kardashi-Hens’ coop would be a better choice as the chicken-run offers double the roaming space. We don’t use galvanised chicken wire for any of our coops, only a much better looking and robust black plastic mesh. Whatever people say, the chicken mesh will rust and disintegrate, not only becoming an eyesore but an injury risk to children and chickens alike. Our plastic mesh will look new for years to come, without needing any maintenance, neither will the super-strong framework, which is CCA pressure treated. We construct this chicken coop with weathering protected, solid pine. We don’t use cheap Chinese imports of low-grade or lightweight wood. Nothing is cheaply nailed together. We only use rust-resistant screws, galvanised bolts and stainless steel hinges – all expensive. This raised coop has a large, dual nesting box and two built-in roosting perches. Each perch can sleep up to three normal-sized chickens side by side. The hinged egg box lid allows for easy egg collection and quick cleaning. A barrier can block off the nesting compartment to the hens. The ‘Nkandla XL’ also comes with a pull-out droppings tray and a hinged maintenance door for cleaning and access. The door above the chicken ladder is lockable to keep the chicken in or out. A passive ventilation system prevents over-heating of the hen-house in full sun. The underside of the henhouse provides additional sun and rain protection. Are you a prospective owner? New to raising chickens? Here is a clickable link to our free guide for the care of pet chickens that covers all the basics: Keeping Chicken 101 Need to chat? Call Uli 071 - 245 1658

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