Our Top Sourced Bird Feeders
Here at Bird Feeders you will find all you need to know when looking to buying a bird feeder. We will be going through all the things you may want to take into consideration before making your purchase. This will include the size, style and where to place your feeder. There are also some additional sections on the site which include the types of food for birds and the different dreads of birds you could potentially find in your garden.
It may seem easy when choosing a bird feeder, however there are plenty of variables to take into account first. Birds can be very picky creatures so getting the right one is imperative. The last thing you would want to happen, is go to the expense of purchasing a feeder and food to find it’s not quite right for the birds that inhabit your garden. But don’t worry we are here to take you through everything you need know.
If you are looking for just a quick idea of some of the best bird feeders on the market, then why not take a look below. Here we have selected some of the best all round bird feeders on the market which have been tried and tested, with a star guide rating system to help you easily see which ones have worked best for other people like yourself.
Top 5 Bird Feeders
The above bird feeders are some of the best rated feeders on the market. These reviews are from users that have tried and tested these products and have found them to work the best. As you can see there is a nice selection of different types. This is a great quick way to get a good idea of what type of feeder works best for a majority of people. If none of those feeders take your fancy and you would like to make a more informed decision of which bird feeder would be best for you. Scroll down to read our in depth buyers guide to help you decide.
Why You Should Buy A Bird Feeder
Bird feeders are such a lovely addition to your garden. Starting with the obvious reason, which is to feed the birds. Wild birds can most of the time fend for themselves however every now and then they can do with a little helping hand from us. This is where your bird feeder will come in. There are different types of bird food which in turn will need different varieties of bird feeder, which we will talk about later. Another great reason to buy a bird feeder is to attract more bird to your garden, this can have multiple benefits. Birds are an attractive addition to the garden. They are beautiful and their singing can be very therapeutic. You can keep track of the different species that come into your garden, this can be very noteworthy for investigative purposes. Lastly they can lower the number of pests and insects in the garden, as the birds will not only come to eat the food you provide but will eat the live insects also inhabiting your garden. Now we have established the reasons why you may like to invest in adding a bird feeder to your garden let’s see the best type that will suit you.
Bird Feeders Buyers Guide
In this section we will look at the things to take into consideration when looking for and choosing the perfect bird feeder for your garden.The type of birds you are looking to feed – There may be many different types of birds that visit our gardens. But it may only be a certain type of bird you are looking to feed. This may sound mean, as you may be thinking why wouldn’t you want to feed all birds. Yes it great to feed all bird however, some larger birds can scare off smaller birds and in turn end up taking all the feed not letting the small birds get any at all. There are many different feeders on the market which will cater to this problem. You don’t necessarily have to then not feed the larger birds at all, but you may want to consider two different feeders for the rages of birds.The size of the feeder – Again this could depend on the type of birds you are looking to feed. Smaller feeder will stop larger birds being able to perch on them. However if you are looking to feed all types of birds you could opt for something larger or even multiple feeders. A bird table can also be a good option. The size of the feeder can also depend of the size of your garden or if you even have a garden at all. Yes there are even options for people without a garden area to put one. Feeders that can be hung on exterior house walls or stuck to windows for example.Where will you put your bird feeder – This leads us perfectly into the positioning of the bird feeder. This needs to be taken into consideration not just for your convenience but for the birds too. You want to put it somewhere that is easily accessible for you as you will need to be able to refill it. In the winter months it will be very regular. But you will need to take into consideration where the birds may feel most comfortable. The birds will need to be able to spot the feeder so don’t make it to hidden however keeping it away from other animals that may like to attach the birds or even take their food such as cats or squirrels. If you know that a cat frequently visits your garden it may be wise to note where it roams and keep the feeder away from that area. In particular cats like to walk along fences so try to make sure the feeder is out of read for any cats. Squirrels can also be a nuisance as they like to eat the bird food. Thankfully there are squirrel proof bird feeders on the market which you can view here and that we will talk about later.
You may want to attract the birds into your garden so that you can watch and study them. See all the different types that visit your garden. In that case you may want to put it in a slightly more visible area for yourself. But don’t forget birds are generally very shy creatures and get scared away easily. Therefore make sure you are viewing from a good distance away so as not to startle them.More than just a bird feeder – Perhaps you would like to add some additions to your bird feeder such as a bird baths, a feeding table or even a nesting box.These can be great little extras for the birds. Birds do like to have a good wash every now and then. So adding a bird bath to your garden is a lovely idea and great fun to watch. These can come on a separate stand or you can get ones that attach to feeding stations.Feeding tables are a nice way to attract different breads of bird as they are easy to land on you can put out a variety of feed. A bird house or nesting box can be such a lovely feature to have in your garden. It may not be something that necessarily attaches to a bird feeder but, a great addition to add into the garden to help the birds.
Now we have taken into consideration the type of bird feeder that is right for the birds, your garden and for you. Let’s take a look at the different bird feeder options. Scroll down and take a look at the many varieties of bird feeder you have to choose from.
Different types of bird feeder
Now let’s take a look at some of the different bird feeders out there for you to choose from. This will hopefully help you decide which feeder is most convenient for you and your garden.Hanging bird feeder – These are generally the most common type of bird feeder. They are easy to use and come in many different styles. With that you should be able to find a style for most breads of bird, also allowing for many different types of feed. Obviously as stated in the name you will need somewhere to hand this type of feeder. This could be on a tree, a bracket attached to a wall or on a free standing pole. Just make sure that wherever you hang this feeder, it is well accessible for the birds and it swings freely. Also try and fix them somewhere nice and high so as not to be easily reached by predators.Window bird feeders – This type of feeder is designed to attach to a window usually by way of suction cups. Due to the way they fix on to the window these feeders are small and accommodate smaller breads of bird. These can be a great way to feed birds if you don’t actually have a garden with your home. Another fantastic feature of this type of feeder is that you can sit at the window and watch the birds whilst they feed. This is great for children as they will be able to get up close and personal with the birds, but stay very still as they do frighten easily.Squirrel proof bird feeders – Do you have some frequent squirrel visitors to your garden, which like to steal the food from your bird feeder? Well there are plenty of feeders out there to stop those sneaky little guys. Squirrel proof bird feeders have cleverly designed mechanisms incorporated into them to ideally make it impossible for the squirrels to access the feed. There are many different types of them on the market, some working more effectively than others. Why not go take a look at our squirrel proof bird feeders page to see some of the top rated models.Tube bird feeder – These are long cylindrical style bird feeders often made from plastic. Their long shape allows you to add a good amount of feed easily and they have little ledged access points for the birds to feed (dependent on the size). Tube feeders are general for smaller bird breads and house smaller types of feed, like grain. These will need to be hung somewhere which allows them to swing freely. These are very easy to use, and great for first time bird feeders.Caged bird feeder – This style of feeder can be great for keeping out larger birds and other pests that may try to steal food, such as pigeons and squirrels. A caged feeder consists of the feed holder being housed within a cage. This cage will have a semi-tight structure allowing only smaller breads of bird access. This enables them to feed in peace without being frightened off by larger birds.Wall mounted bird feeder – This type if feeder can be a lovely addition to your garden. They often come in some lovely designs. They can give a more ornamental feel to the feeder. Some come in more of a bird box style which can be great for a bit of privacy and security for the birds. Having one with a narrow hole can keep the smaller birds safe while feeding as some larger birds will not be able to enter. Open wall mounted feeders are also on offer, and these are good for all birds. There is not so much security for this style, so make sure it is secured to a more private wall. Preferably as high up as possible, but obviously still accessible for you to add feed easily. This will keep the birds safe from any predators.Pigeon proof bird feeder – Now although pigeons are one of the birds that may frequently visit our gardens they may not be one of the breads you intend to feed. They are large birds with an even larger apatite. They will generally demolish any feed put out for them. And due to their large size they tend to scare off smaller birds. Thankfully there are feeders out there that solve this problem. They tend to be a smaller style feeder which will accommodate the smaller breads of bird but the larger pigeons struggle to grip on too. Some also have fancy style mechanisms which only allow the smaller birds access to the feed. You may still want to feed the pigeons whilst allowing the smaller birds to also feed. You could opt for buying another larger style feeding for another part of your garden to feed them. Alternatively pop some feed on ground under the feeder for the pigeon as they prefer resting on the ground to feed usually anyway.Bird feeder stand – The bird feeder stand is the best addition when purchasing a bird feeder. Most people will find they do not have an ideal place to put most kinds of bird feeder, as a lot of styles require something to hang from. Therefor in most cases an additional purchase of a stand for the feeder is necessary. The most popular being a pole style stand which can be placed in the ground. A great advantage of using a stand is that it gives the option of additional feeders and other extras. Stands can come with multiple arms giving you the option to not just add a few different style feeders but perhaps a feeding platform or water bath. This is great as it transforms into a feeding station where all the birds can come to one place.Bird water feeder – We don’t just need to offer the birds food but water as well. Giving the birds a place to have a drink and maybe even a bath is great for the birds. A good source of water may not always be easy to find in built up areas. You maybe have seen a bird taking a bath in a puddle, which isn’t always an ideal safe place for them. Giving them a lovely place to take a moment to rest and have a drink is great and also fun to watch them if they decide to take a bath. You can give them water from the tap but rain water is also great. Do keep an eye on it though, because if the water is left still it could go stagnant and harbour bacteria. Perhaps each time you go to change the food in the bird feeder, check on the water feeder and give it a little rinse.Metal bird feeders – This type of feeder is common as it is hard wearing. There can be quite a variety when it comes to metal feeders. There can be tube, cage and wire styles. They can range in price, but you can get some very cheap basic metal feeders which are good as a starting point. These do range up to more elaborate styles which can be more functional.Plastic bird feeder – These are the most common purchased style of feeder. They are easy to use and generally cost less than some of the other fancier feeders. This is great for people starting out to test if the birds will use it before potentially purchasing something larger or more attractive. They are mostly made in quite a simple design such as the plastic tube.Glass bird feeders – These are less common and not as easy to find. Glass is not as functional as the other materials when it comes to designing a bird feeder. Due to its transparent nature it allows the feeder to blend in to the background, and works well in modern gardens. Opt for a thick glass so as not to worry about breakages.Wooden bird feeder – A wooden feeder is a lovely feature in a garden. As it is made from natural material it will fit well in the garden environment. More often than not wooden feeders come in the form of a bird house design. Some will be hanging but as wood is a heavier material the feeders usually need to be fixed to something sturdy. This could be a fence, shed or to your house.Wooden Bird feeding stations – These can be one of the more decorative ways of feeding birds. They can make a very attractive feature in your garden, where some other feeders can stand out. They usually come in the form of an elevated table or bird house style.The wooden table can accommodate a mixed range of birds. Placing a range of different feeds on the table gives a nice variety to the birds. The house style feeder is possibly the most attractive design of feeder. It also gives some privacy to the birds. This will generally accommodate smaller breads of bird allowing them to enter the house to feed away from predators.Metal Bird feeding stations – This type of bird feeding station can be more practical than a wooden one and offers more feeding setup options. A metal feeding station will have a main pole running up the centre, from which multiple arms branch off allowing you to have a range of feeding options. The adaptability is a great feature of this styled station as it means you can interchange different elements to best suit varied breads of birds and their needs. Additional elements can be attached such as a feeding table or bird bath.
After taking this brief look into the different types of bird feeder you can buy. Hopefully you may have a better idea of the style of bird feeder you are after. If you are starting out feeding birds for the first time opting for a simple cheaper option may be a good idea for you to gage how many and the types of birds that come to your garden. If you already have an idea of the sorts of birds you will be feeding, you may want to opt for a more elaborate design that will work well as a permanent fixture in your garden. Something that is attractive which also serves a very important purpose. You may not have room for something as large as a feeding station so why not go for a few smaller feeders which you can place around the garden.
Now we have had a chance to look at the feeders we can move on to the food to put in those feeders. Carry on reading as we go through the different kinds of foods that are great for birds that you find in your garden.
What is the best bird food?
Birds eat a variety of different things. Variety in any animals diet is always best. Most birds that you will find in your garden will be herbivores and omnivores. On the odd occasion maybe even carnivores. However we will not be looking to feed carnivorous birds from our bird feeders. We will therefore in this section be looking at the best feed to suit our herbivore and omnivore wild birds. The types of foods these birds like to eat are a mix of fruits, nuts, seeds and insects. These are all things we can use in the bird feeders. Some types of foods work better than others and some are easier to manage.There are a few factors that you will want to take into consideration when deciding which feed to buy. You should think about if you are looking to just use a dry food or something like fat balls or mealworms (which you may not like if you are slightly squeamish). Nuts and seeds are the most popular option and are easy to store.With all that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the different types of bird food you can buy that will work perfectly in your bird feeder.Seeds and grain – Now this is the easiest and most commonly used type if bird food. It’s easy to buy, easy to store, and generally the least expensive. It will fit a large number of feeders. But seeds and grain can vary in size. So you will want to check that the feed isn’t going to just fall straight through any holes or gaps in the feeder.Nuts – These can be great for some of the larger birds with bigger beaks. These can be put into larger holed or wire feeders so that they can be pecked at by the birds. Do have a check what types of birds are coming into your garden before buying this type of feed as it is not suitable for all birds.Insects – Now these are a great one as they provide so much nutrition for the birds. Also the birds don’t have to works so hard to get them. Insects are usually in abundance around your garden and easy for birds to find. However for example in the winter insects can be harder to find so this is a great time to introduce them into the bird feeder. Another great time is in the spring as insects are usually the food of choice for birds to feed their young. Another thing you may like to take into consideration when purchasing insects is they come in many forms such as dried, frozen and even live. Therefore this type of food may need a little extra care then storing and putting it out for the birds.Fat balls and Suet – These do not necessarily even need a bird feeder. These often come in hard balls which may be already on a string and hung independently, or can be just placed where they can be reached by the birds. A bird table is a nice idea for these also.However try not to put them in a place which can be easily reached but other animals such as foxes, cats or dogs.Fruit – There are plenty of birds which love fruits. You can provide fresh fruits such as apples and pears, or dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas. Just make sure the fresh fruit has no rotten or mouldy bits. Just cut those bits off first before putting them out for the birds. With the dried fruit it is good to rehydrate it first by soaking it in some water.Food NOT to feed birds- There are certain foods which can be harmful to birds such as milk or any raw dairy, as birds are unable to digest it. Salty foods are hard for a bird to metabolise so try and avoid leaving out things like bacon rinds, as salt is usually used in the curing process of bacon. Bread can be a controversial issue when it comes to feeding birds. It may be a happy past time shared by many children, going to feed the ducks as the park. However increasingly we are seeing signs that say do not feed the ducks bread as it is harmful. This can relate to the birds in our gardens also, if this becomes their main food source. Asbread is not particularly a nutrient rich food. It can cause a multitude of problems for birds. Too much can cause bloating, bread can mould very quickly which if eaten by the birds will make them ill, dry bread can cause choking. There are ways you can put bread out for birds which is better for them such as brown bread instead of white, or dampening it with water so that it is not so dry. However there are so many more beneficial foods to be giving the birds which come with no risks, it is over all better just to avoid putting bread out altogether.
Lastly, it’s important to keep the food you have put out fresh. Keep an eye on how fast the birds are eating the food. Don’t just put out lots of food and think it will last for ages so you don’t have to top it up so frequently. The feed can become stale and mouldy. This can then in turn do more harm than good to the birds. Putting out a little at a time can be a good way to judge just how fast your food is being eaten. You can always pop out and top it up. There will be certain times of year which will be busier than others so judge accordingly. And why not also put out a little water for the birds, either for them to drink or have a bath in.