How to Choose the Best Wild Bird Feeder

Using wild bird feeders is the easiest way to attract birds into your yard.

There are many types of bird feeders on the market today and most are designed for wild bird seed.

There are also a few types of food such as suet bird food or sugar solution for hummingbirds that require a special type of bird feeder.

So how do you know which feeder to choose?

Pileaed Woodpecker with Young

There are two ways you can decide on a feeder for your backyard birds.

The first way would be to research the types of wild birds you want to attract.

To do this, you will need to learn a few things about feeding habits and migration patterns. This can be very educational and rewarding.

The second way is to just have fun!

Put out several types of bird feeders filled with different types of wild bird food. Then wait to see what types of wild birds are attracted to your feeders.

The fun part will be grabbing the binoculars and field guide before anyone else, so you can identify that new bird at the feeder!

When choosing a feeder, there are a few things to consider.

The ideal feeder should be:
  • Sturdy enough to withstand winter
  • Tight enough to keep the seeds dry
  • Large enough to avoid constant refilling
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to clean
  • and...Squirrel Proof!

These are the Feeders That I Use

I use many types of bird feeders in my yard. Each one is used to hold a certain type of bird seed or attract a specific species of backyard bird.

I have found that using several types of bird feeders attract a larger variety of birds. The links below describe each type of bird feeder including what type of seed or food to use, the best place to place them, the types of wild birds they attract and more.

Downey Woodpecker

Choosing the right bird feeder may seem difficult.

Within each style of bird feeder described here there are many variations. If you are not which one is right for you, then try a few different ones. You will always attract more wild birds with a variety of wild bird feeders.

Remember that the birds care more about the food than the package.

Learn how to protect your wild bird feeder from pests.

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