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Bird Feeders Buying Guide

Winged visitors bring delight to family and friends alike. And the easiest way to ensure a wide range of birds comes and stays awhile in your yard is to provide food. Here is the range of bird feeders to choose from.

Types of Bird Feeders

Types of Bird Feeders

Watching birds is a fun way to observe the natural world in your own yard. And while birds are drawn to any space that offers shelter in trees and food in plants, you can boost your odds of drawing a diverse set of winged visitors by offering them seed and other nutrients in bird feeders. As with most things intended for the garden, different bird feeders accomplish different goals and draw different birds. As you search for the perfect spots for bird feeders, consider these types: tray/platform, house/hopper, tube, nyjer, suet, nectar, peanut, and specialty. Here's a short guide.

Tray/Platform

A tray or platform feeder typically rests on a post or hangs from a chain. It has a large, flat surface for birds to sit and eat, and also has a large covered roof to protect both winged friends and the food you provide. However, these feeders need to have drainage holes to prevent food from spoiling, and they can be easily raided by other animals -- such as squirrels -- if you don't deter them.

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Audubon/Woodlink
$23.29
at Casa

Woodlink Small Hanging Platform Bird Feeder ?The feeder is constructed of reforested, kiln dried, inland red cedar ?Powder coated ...metal screen bottom allows for drainage ?Seed capacity varies by seed type ?Made in the USA Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. Dimensions: 10.75? x 9.25? x 2.5?. read more

Audubon/Woodlink
$36.79
at Casa

Woodlink 3-in-1 Platform Bird Feeder Woodlinks versatile platform style feeder is handcrafted of natural cedar and can be post-mou...nted, hung or set on the ground. The feeder is made from reforested, kiln dried, inland red cedar. The feeders screwed together construction means that it will last for years to come. The powder coated metal screen bottom allows for drainage and is also removable. Feeder holds up to 3-pound of mixed seed. Recommended for use with Woodlinks Pole mounting system (HDPOLE) or Post Mounting Hardware (STMOUNT) both of which are sold separately. Made in the USA. Dimensions: 16.38? x 13.25? x 2.38?. read more

Heath Outdoor Products
$26.30 $37.99
at Wayfair

Features: Attracts all varieties of birds Can be hung or pole-mounted Can also be used as a seed catcher Platform feeder can be hu...ng or pole-mounted Redwood Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 13 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 17 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 13 Inches Overall Product Weight: 2.5 Pounds read more

Audubon/Woodlink
$31.15 $38.30
at Wayfair

Features: Handcrafted 0.88'' kiln-dried natural cedar with zinc chromate screws Three in one design has the ability to post mount,... hang, or with flip out legs becomes a ground feeder Open-tray design provides an excellent view of birds eating Screen base provides proper drainage Holds 3 lbs Metal hanging cable included Color: Tan Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 25 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 13 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 13 Inches Overall Product Weight: 2.2 Pounds read more

House/Hopper

A house or hopper feeder resembles a tray or platform feeder, with one big difference: It has enclosed walls. The feed is loaded through a removable roof, and birds eat through openings at the base. The walls protect the birdseed from the elements, as well as to allow you to add more feed at once.

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Hampton Art

Cling rubber stamps, impression of traditional stamps but store in less space they take up less storage space, but give your the c...lear impression of regular wood mounted rubber. read more

Chinaberry
$9.97 $11.95
at Chinaberry

This darling felt bird house ornament just begs for a little feathered critter to move right in. I can picture it nestled in a hou...seplant, hanging in a window, or perched on a window sill. Wherever you put it this ornament is sure to charm all who see it ? feathered or not. Because they are made by hand style, color, and size will vary; we will choose for you. read more

Woodstream

Use the Perky Pet Universal Bird Feeder and Bird House Pole to mount or hang any style bird feeder or house. Its adaptable design ...is the perfect illustration of practicality and function. It includes a unique extension arm, flat bottom adapter, and ground sleeve to accommodate an expansive selection of bird feeders and houses. All pieces have a rust-resistant finish ensuring product durability. The seven foot pole keeps the feeders up off the ground, keeping all of your feathered guests safe from intruders. About Woodstream A privately held company with a long-standing positive reputation, Woodstream is a global manufacturer and marketer of quality products from pets and wildlife control, and home and garden products, to bird feeders and garden decor. They have a 150-year history of excellence, growth, and innovation, and have built a strong presence in key markets through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. The growth of Woodstream is thanks to their customer-driven approach to product development, a dedicated design organization that focuses on innovation, quality, and safety, as well as a commitment to an industry-leading level of service. Complete system for mounting or hanging Works for bird feeders and bird houses Includes a heavy-duty steel pole Steel is rust-resistant in powder-coated finish Unique extension arm and flat bottom adapter Ground sleeve included 84-inch overall height read more

Heartwood
$33.99 $37.38
at Wayfair

Features: Easy twist latch and slide front panel that also inverts for winter roosting Clean outs, ventilation and drainage built ...in 0.812'' Thick cypress Hand crafted in the USA Constructed of cypress Show Additional Info read more

Tube

A tube feeder is a long cylinder with periodically spaced holes and perches for birds to rest and eat. It also has a tray at the base to catch extra food and provide more room for birds to sit.

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Whitehall
$99.99 $109.99
at Hayneedle

Birds will flock to this functional and decorative bird feeder from Whitehall. Squirrels and weather are scarcely a problem with i...ts protective roof and seed tube. The roof of feeder raises for easy filling and cleaning. Matching Nature Hooks are available. The item above is shown in French Bronze. read more

Woodstream
$28.94
at Target

Material: PlasticNumber of Feeding Stations: 12 Dimensions: 12.0 " H x 12.0 " W x 16.19 " L Weight: 1.45 Lb.Color: Brown

Woodstream
$12.50
at Target

Material: PlasticNumber of Feeding Stations: 4 Features: Feeding TrayIncludes: Seed TubeDimensions: 15.0 " H x 7.0 " W x 7.0 " L W...eight: 1.0 Lb.Color: GreenAssembly Details: no assembly required read more

Audubon/Woodlink
$81.72 $103.14
at Wayfair

Features: Material: Powder coated zinc die castings Perches will only hold the weight of smaller songbirds or cardinals Anything l...arger will cause the perch to collapse Corrosion resistant hardware Holds 6 quarts Lifetime warranty against squirrel damage Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 4.5 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 2.5 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 2.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 4 Pounds read more

Nyjer

Nyjer or thistle seed is a favorite of many desirable bird species, such as finches; a nyjer feeder has specially sized, smaller holes that dispense the seed and help to attract these birds.

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Droll Yankees

2-75'' Diameter 12'' tube 2 port Nyjer Seed Feeder with removable base- Fully Assembled- Gloss Black with Silver perch accents- Cl...ever clean twist release base-for quick and easy clean out to help maintain the health of Birds- Comfort perches-multiple landing areas to accommodate numerous Bird species and their preferences- Two-part perch design-a patented engineering feature that locks the port in place- Port configuration-permits unimpeded seed flow- Open interior-easy cleaning with the droll yankees Bird feeder brush- Color: Black- SKU: DRLLYNK017 read more

Schrodt

JTN1043 Features: Songbird feeder Top-loading hopper Innovative cleanout perch Glass panels for seed level viewing Attracts seed-...loving birds Easy to use and maintain Hopper protects the seed from the elements Glass reveals how much seed is available Dimensions: Dimensions:6" H x 6" W x 6" D read more

Schrodt
$30.46 $39.99
at Wayfair

Features: Songbird feeder Top-loading hopper Innovative cleanout perch Glass panels for seed level viewing Attracts seed-loving bi...rds Easy to use and maintain Hopper protects the seed from the elements Glass reveals how much seed is available Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 6 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 6 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 6 Inches Overall Product Weight: 2 Pounds read more

Audubon/Woodlink

WDL1023 Features: Nyjer feeder Made from recycled plastic Tube holds 1.5-pounds of thistle seed for the delight of your chickadee...s and goldfinches Four feeding ports are each surrounded by recycled metal and allow only a few seeds to be extracted at a time Base of the seed tube removes easily with no tools, for thorough cleaning when needed read more

Suet

Suet cages are typically small, rectangular, wire boxes sized to hold a cake of suet. The wire pieces of the suet holder provide spots for birds to grab hold while they eat.

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Stovall
$16.15
at Sears

Stovall's Large White Cedar Suet Log is approximately 4 inches by 4 inches by 22-1/2 inches Includes five holes drilled completely... through for suet plugs. Stovall products feature all cedar construction, stainless steel and dichromate plated screws, washers, hooks and chains, hand sanded, assembled with screws, many products coated with wood protector which accents the wood grain and the natural warmth of cedar. Environmentally green practices ? hand sorted down graded lumber. The Shop is heated with scrap wood, cooled with natural shade and insulation, nestled in a glen among 25+ acres of beech/maple/oak forest. Rumored staffing of woodland gnomes with a payroll of nuts and berries is still not factual. read more

Cole's Wild Bird

20 pound blend bag Ingredients are sunflower meats, raw peanuts, pecans and more Combines all of nature's best in one delicious bl...end Attracts fruit and insect loving songbirds to your feeder Bluebirds, warblers, woodpeckers and more absolutely love it What's Included Seed blendDescription Bring your birdhouse to life with the Coles 20 lbs. Nutberry Suet Blend. Nutberry Suet Blend combines all of nature's best in one delicious blend. Attract fruit and insect-loving songbirds to your feeder with this unique mix of premium fruits, preferred nuts, nutritious insect suet kibbles and whole kernel sunflower meats. Bluebirds, warblers, robins, woodpeckers and more absolutely love this special treat. This is the ultimate trail mix for your wild birds. Ingredients: sunflower meats, raw peanuts, pecans, blueberry flavored cranberries, cherries, apple slices, insect suet kibbles. About Cole's Wild Bird Feed Springing from a family passion for bird-watching, the Cole brand has grown from a garage based mixing project into one of the nation's leading bird seed manufacturers. Research based formulas and top-quality ingredients have earned Cole's the branding title "the better bird seed". Cole's is constantly developing new mixes to attract every kind of bird while repelling pesky mammals without losing sight of their original goal of bringing birds to backyards, nation-wide. read more

Coveside

WINDOW SUET FEEDER (7-1/2''h x 7-1/2''w x 3''d)- Woodpeckers and chickadees will come right up to the window to peck at the suet i...n this feeder- Installs simply on any window with two oversized suction cups- Pull the pin and turn the roof to the side to slide another suet cake to keep your visitors happy- Hand crafted in Maine of sustainably grown Eastern White Pine- SKU: CVCVP058 read more

Heath Outdoor Products
$24.99
at Casa

All-Season Songbird Suet Cake. GUARANTEED FRESH! Blended suet, seed and natural Orange flavoring. For use with a variety of birds.... Attract these colorful songbirds: Cardinals, Chickadees, Goldfinches, Juncos, Kinglets, Nuthatches, Purple Finches, Siskens, Tanagers, Thrushes, Titmice, Warblers, Woodpeckers, Wrens Instructions for use: Place suet cake in suet cage and hang approximately 6 feet off ground. Refill cage when empty. Sold by the case: 12 cakes per case. 11.25 ounces per cake. Ingredien read more

Nectar

Used to attract hummingbirds, nectar feeders have tubes filled with a mixture of sugar and water; small holes or tubes dispense the mixture to birds.

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Woodstream

The Perky-PetŪ Magnolia Top Fill Hummingbird Feeder makes hummingbird feeding as easy as it can get! This hummingbird feeder featu...res the latest invention: a new patent-pending Push-Pull technology for effortless refilling -- just push, pour, then pull-and-lock! It features an easy to fill wide mouth top and an advanced sports bottle-like function to facilitate replenishing the nectar. With fewer parts, cleaning the Magnolia feeder is so simple, too! The clear plastic reservoir makes it easy to monitor nectar levels in this 16 oz. hummingbird feeder. We've included our Perky-PetŪ 5.3 ounce Instant High Energy Nectar. This specially blended hummingbird feeder nectar makes 32 ounces of nectar, is easy to use, requires no boiling and stays fresh longer. Plastic feeder with sport bottle-like function 4 feeding ports 16-ounce nectar capacity 5.3-ounce nectar packet makes 32 ounces Dimensions: 6W x 6D x 6.9H inches read more

Wayside Gardens

Its hard to think of a more endearing garden visitor than a hummingbird! These jewel-bright birds will come and investigate any ob...ject (including a flowered Hawaiian shirt!) that looks like it might contain something tasty and sweet. If you love watching the antics of these fascinating flyers as much as we do, you will want our new Sweet Nectar of Life Hummingbird Feeder in your garden as soon as possible! This attractive feeder holds 32 ounces of nectar and features 8 ports from which the hummingbirds can feed. More importantly, it also comes with 2 complete sets of patented nectar guard tips, which virtually eliminate insect contamination of the nectar! Hummingbirds will flock to this feeder because of the irresistibly bright red top, but theyll keep coming back because of the delicious nectar (the snap-fit cover features an engraved nectar recipe, so youll never have to look it up to get it just right!). The low-profile, 3 ― height offers an unobstructed view from any angle, so you wont miss any of the feeders visitors. The circular perch ring provides the birds with a comfortable resting place, and the cap lifts from the clear, snap-on cover, to make filling in the field easy! Its just as easy to clean, as well: simply remove the cover and carefully clean the ports and nectar guards with the included port brush. The Sweet Nectar of Life Hummingbird Feeder is made of UV-stabilized acrylic thats BPA-free and safe for Hummers, and it can either be hung by its 11, dependably durable, solid brass rod or mounted on a pole (if you choose to mount it, you can put it on any pole with a ū threaded adapter). The pole should be inserted into the ground at least one foot. The height of the feeder may vary somewhat, but three to four feet usually works well for a pole-mounted feeder. Lifetime manufacturer guarantee. Made in the USA. Dimensions: 10 diameter x 3 H, 11 L hanger. read more

Peanut

Very simple in design, a wire-mesh peanut feeder is often cylindrical in shape and provides holes big enough for birds to retrieve shelled peanuts.

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Songbird Essentials
$24.99 $39.99
at Hayneedle

The Peanut Butter Feeder is constructed of cedar wood and has a weather-resistant grid. The grid holds in daubs of grains and pean...ut butter and provides a clinging surface for finches. Measuring 2L x 6.5W x 8.75H inches, this feeder will be quite the addition to your backyard. read more

Droll Yankees
$22.96
at Sears

Droll Yankees' New Generation Metal Peanut Feeder is constructed primarily of stainless steel mesh that is the perfect size for sh...elled peanuts or peanut mixes and is also suitable for black oil sunflower seeds. This peanut feeder is sure to attract many woodpeckers and other birds to your yard. Its stainless steel bail wire is long lasting and chewproof and the green, zinc die cast tops and bases will last a lifetime. Droll Yankees' New Generation Metal Peanut Feeder is constructed primarily of stainless steel mesh that is the perfect size for shelled peanuts or peanut mixes and is also suitable for black oil sunflower seeds. This peanut feeder is sure to attract many woodpeckers and other birds to your yard. Its stainless steel bail wire is long lasting and chewproof and the green, zinc die cast tops and bases will last a lifetime. The metal perches are designed so that they won't hurt birds' feet and can't be chewed by squirrels. The feeder comes fully assembled and features a sung fitting, sliding cap that is easy for you to lift for refills, but is difficult for squirrels to move for raiding. The seed baffle (contoured base) ensures that your birds can reach all the food you offer them. read more

Gardman

Squirrel Proof Cage Peanut Feeder SKU: DHBA01275

Gardman

Features: Cage peanut feeder Manufactured from stainless steel and aluminum Squirrel's weight lowers a protective sleeve which cov...ers feed Feeder has two ports and two perches Squirrel's sharp teeth do not stand a chance Simple yet very effective Metal mesh reservoir sits in the center of this item holding 0.65 quarts of peanut chunks or peanuts in the shell Manufacturer provides 1 year warranty Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 13 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 12 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 12 Inches Overall Product Weight: 4.7 Pounds read more

Specialty

Some uniquely designed bird feeders accomplish the same tasks as others -- dispensing particular kinds of bird food -- but do it using whimsical elements or unusual accents.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Bird feeders are, for the most part, fairly straightforward elements to add to a landscape: Buy feeder; buy feed, fill feeder, repeat. But certain purchase considerations will help your bird feeder endure all that the outdoors can throw at it, as well as ensure that you do your best to make the most of your purchase and your ability to attract and maintain an interesting bird population. Those buying points include water deflection, squirrel protection, size, perch, cleaning, and mounting/stand. Here's a quick overview to get you started.

Water Deflection

Many bird feeders have built-in elements that protect the feed from water. If your bird feeder does not deflect water, you may need to invest in an accessory designed to protect the seed from getting moist.

Squirrel Protection

Squirrels are the bane of bird feeders. Without adequate deterrence, squirrels will sit on feeders and consume the seed intended for birds. Squirrel baffles may prevent them from approaching the feeder from above or below.

Size

The size of openings and the size of the seed tray or tube will, in large part, determine what kinds of birds you attract and how long they stay. In addition, a bird feeder with a larger seed tube will need to be filled less often.

Perch

All bird feeders should have elements that enable birds to cling to it and eat. Birds can eat upside down, so even the wire pieces on a suet cage are appropriate.

Cleaning

All bird feeders should be cleaned regularly; some need to be cleaned more frequently than others. Make sure yours is easy to take down and disassemble.

Mounting/Stand

Bird feeders can hang from a pole mounted in the ground or suspended from a tree branch. Some may mount to a building, while others hang from a chain.

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Roman
$53.61 $70.20
at Wayfair

Features: Sitting angel holding bird feeder Resin and stone mix construction Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 14.5 Inch...es Overall Width - Side to Side: 8.25 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 9 Inches Overall Product Weight: 3.97 Pounds read more

Sitting Angel Holding Decorative Bird Feeder
Home Bazaar
$128.25 $169.00
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Comes with a mounting plate that allows easy placement on a wooden 4" x 4" and an ingenious steel cable to hang the feeder. But wa...it, there's more! A matching birdhouse with the same great design. Both the feeder and the house make great gift items! Features: Cottage Charmer Series collection Exterior grade ply-board with poly-resin details Mounting plate and ingenious steel Twin front dormers Stone chimney with chimney cap Window flower boxes with white and lilac flowers and green-trimmed bay window Screened front door, black storm shutters Little white flower pot, a wood pile and a colonnade porch Pine shingles for the roof Matching birdhouse decoration Multiple wild birds Removable roof section to access seed cavity Not used any chemicals or sealants that can be harmful to wildlife You should have the same expectations for products as you would for a piece of wooden furniture that you have in your yard Color: White / Green / Black Should you wish to preserve the products' finish, you should select a polyurethane product that is recommended for marine use and UV rated that will not discolor the paint With time, all of products will need to be refinished when left outdoors. The shingles (cedar) will patina to a silvery color and the piece will become weathered and distressed, but continue to maintain its functionality 1 Year warranty and replacement for full value Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 11.5 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 11 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 11 Inches Overall Product Weight: 5.35 Pounds read more

Cottage Charmer Series Green Gables Decorative Bird Feeder
Home Bazaar
$106.40 $169.00
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Comes with a mounting plate that allows easy placement on a wooden 4" x 4" and an ingenious steel cable to hang the feeder. But wa...it, there's more! A matching birdhouse with the same great design. Both the feeder and the house make great gift items! Features: Cottage Charmer Series collection Exterior grade ply-board with poly-resin details Mounting plate and ingenious steel Stone chimney with chimney cap Forest green front door, flower box with red flowers and rain barrel Wood pile and chopping block Lift-out, magnetic roof opening Pyramid-shaped center piece in the middle of the floor to spread seed to all four sides. Pine shingles for the roof Matching birdhouse decoration Multiple wild birds Removable roof section to access seed cavity Not used any chemicals or sealants that can be harmful to wildlife You should have the same expectations for products as you would for a piece of wooden furniture that you have in your yard Color: Brown / Green Should you wish to preserve the products' finish, you should select a polyurethane product that is recommended for marine use and UV rated that will not discolor the paint With time, all of products will need to be refinished when left outdoors. The shingles (cedar) will patina to a silvery color and the piece will become weathered and distressed, but continue to maintain its functionality 2 Rear windows 1 Year warranty and replacement for full value Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 10.5 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 10 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 7.5 Inches Overall Product Weight: 5.15 Pounds read more

Cottage Charmer Series Rustic Retreat Decorative Bird Feeder
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