Platform Bird Feeders Will Attract Many Species of Wild Birds

Platform bird feeders are perfect for any bird watcher's backyard.

The key to attracting a wide variety of wild birds into your yard is using a variety of bird feeders and wild bird seed.

Platform feeders will hold a large volume and variety of bird food, allowing you to custom mix your feed to attract the specific species you desire. Any type of seed, fruit, insects (grubs), nuts, and amendments (calcium, grit) can be offered in a platform feeder.

These feeders will attract a wide variety of birds. Small perching birds, as well as larger ground feeding birds, will feel comfortable at these feeders. Cardinals, Sparrows, Tufted titmice, Juncos, Doves, Painted buntings, Chickadees and many other birds will feed from platform feeders.

Simply put, platform feeders are any flat, raised surface onto which bird food is spread.

There are a few challenges inherent to the platform feeder design.

Any bird food needs to stay dry to keep from spoiling. To achieve this, platform feeders must have drainage in the bottom. Using a covered platform feeder will keep the bird food dry.

Bird feeder pests, such as squirrels, can also be a challenge for platform bird feeders. The design gives easy access to these pests. The best way to keep these unwanted visitors away is to add a barrier, such as 1/2" wire mesh, over the food so that only wild birds can get to it.

These feeders are generally easy to clean. This is important since platform feeders require more cleaning than other style of feeders. The design is such that the birds actually stand over the food making it probable that bird droppings will soil the food. Cleaning platform feeders can be as easy as hosing them off.


You have several options for mounting platform feeders. They can be hung, mounted on a post or deck rail or even placed directly on the ground. This makes it easy to attract a wider variety of wild birds by varying locations and types of food.

Many commercially produced platform bird feeders now include features like pest guards, bottom drainage and roofs.

But if you are looking for a great weekend project, try building your own platform bird feeders following these simple step-by-step instructions. Building a platform bird feeder with your kids, is a great way to get them interested in bird watching.

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