Bluebird Feeders

Having bluebird feeders in your yard is a great way to attract these beautiful birds. 

Watching them feed will provide you with hours of backyard birding enjoyment. Feeding bluebirds is not as difficult as you may think. In nature they eat a variety of insects, as well as fruits and berries. Bluebirds are hard to attract with bird seed, but they love mealworms. Mealworms are not really worms at all; they are actually the larval form of the darkling beetle.

Mealworms can be offered to bluebirds using a variety of feeders, such as platform bird feeders, mealworm feeders, or the clear plastic window or domed style feeders.

Since bluebirds are not the only birds that enjoy eating expensive mealworms, you should use a feeder that allows the bluebirds easy access but prevents larger birds such as starlings and mockingbirds from gaining access. Many feeders accomplish this by using small openings that bluebirds have no trouble navigating, but other birds find either too small or uninviting.

Below are blueprints if you want to make your own bluebird feeder or nesting box.

Want To Build Your Own?

Bluebird Bird House Dimensions

Bird Species
Floor Size (Inches)
Box Height (Inches)
Entrance Hole Above Floor (Inches)
Hole Size (Inches)
Entrance Hole Above Ground (Feet)
Blue Bird
5 x 5
8 - 12
6 - 10
1 1/2
4 - 6
Nesting Box for Bluebirds Dimensions

Feed live or roasted mealworms or even suet-based Bluebird Nuggets™—bluebirds love them!

Placing your bluebird feeder with your other bird feeders is not always the best choice. Bluebirds are shy and you may get more visitors by placing your feeder 15 feet or more away from other wild bird feeders.

And having a feeder near your bluebird bird houses may give you the opportunity to see the mother bird feed her babies. It is amazing to see her grab a mealworm, take it back to the nest box and watch as the babies beg for a meal.

Observing this behavior can be addictive as it happens over and over throughout the day.

Having a variety of feeders in your yard is the best way to attract many different species of wild birds. If you don’t have a bluebird feeder, adding one will give you an opportunity to watch one the most beautiful backyard birds


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