Bird Feeder: Which Bird Feeder Should I Choose?


Date: September 21st, 2016 Bird Feeder

A bird feeder is one of the best ways to attract wild bird life to your home. To determine the type of feeder and food that you use, you must consider what species of birds you would like to attract to your property. There are five basic types of bird feeders for backyard bird feeding and bird watching: ground/platform feedershanging feedershouse or hopper style feeders, suet feeders, and oriole and hummingbird feeder.




.                              Ground/Platform Feeders

Wild Bird Ground Feeder,

Bird feeders start from the ground up, literally. Platform feeders, sometime referred to as ground feeders, are simple screen-bottomed trays that typically sit several inches off of the ground. Some of these feeders come with a "S" hook so that they can be hung from a tree or pole. Doves, juncos, sparrows, towhees, goldfinches and cardinals are all likely to visit ground feeders. Be sure to place them at least 10 feet from the nearest tree or shrub.



                                 Hanging Tube Feeders

Droll Yankees Burgundy Sunflower Bird Feeder, 23 Inch


Droll Yankees Bird Lovers Finch Feeder - 15" Red

Hanging feeders come in many shapes and sizes and are extremely popular among wild bird enthusiasts. These feeders are cylindrical in shape and feature perches and different sized openings depending on the seed intended for the feeder. Sunflower seed feeders feature bigger openings to accommodate for the seed, while thistle feeders require smaller openings. These feeders should be hung at least 5 feet off of the ground and for your own viewing, in plain view from a house window. Likely visitors include chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, goldfinches, siskins, purple and house finches, and many, many more!

Although squirrels will leave the thistle feeders alone, they can't seem to help themselves from attacking sunflower and other seed mixes. There are numerous squirrel-proof feeders that can accomodate any necessary requirements. The Yankee Flipper is an extremely popular feeder that is known for actually "flipping" a squirrel off of the feeder. For more information on how to stop squirrels from raiding your feeders, read this article.




                                     House/Hopper Style

Cedar Hopper Bird Feeder


The house or hopper style bird feeder is a common choice for its functional value and aesthetically pleasing design. The larger models are capable of holding several pounds of bird feed, and the hopper style will attract birds that normally do not visit a tube style bird feeder. Some birds, such as cardinals, are also more comfortable with a perch or platform from which they can feed, so this style is great as it does provide a platform for the birds. Other expected visitors can include larger birds such as jays, grackles, red-winged blackbirds and cardinals!





                                           Suet Feeder

Cedar Suet & Seed Bird Feeder


Suet feeders attract a lot of attention in the bird world. The most common type of suet feeder is a wire-coated basket type. It is also possible to offer suet in nylon mesh bags, but usually the wire basket is preferred because it is (mostly) squirrel-resistant. Hopper feeders can also come equipped with suet feeders on each end and are an excellent way to attract a wide variety of birds.


Suet is popular with titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers and others. Suet feeders should be hung from trees or poles.



                              Hummingbird and Oriole Feeders


Hummingbird feeders are used solely to feed hummingbirds, and are generally filled with the hummingbird’s favorite meal: sugar water. Residents of the northern region can only observe hummingbirds for a limited period of time during the year, so these feeders become quite popular during the summer season. For more information on how to hummingbird feeders, read this article.

Perky-Pet Plastic Oriole Feeder

 The same can be said for oriole feeders. For more information on how to attract orioles, read this article




Because each feeder holds different bird seed and targets a different bird audience, consider constructing an entire bird feeding station, rather than featuring only one feeder. Having a variety of feeders and food will attract a larger assortment of wild birds to your property.


 Choosing your feeder is the first step to your own bird sanctuary! The next step is purchasing seed to fill them. Read these articles for more information on wild birds:


Wild Bird Seed Varieties and Types

CountryMax Wild Bird Seed Club (earn FREE seed and suet!)

Suet Information

Attract Birds to a New Feeder



If you have any further questions regarding wild birds, leave a comment or visit your local CountryMax store today!


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