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Winter Bird Feeding Part Two: Feed and Feeders

Welcome to Winter Bird Feeding Part Two: Feed & Feeders. You should be here if you answered NO to the questions in Part One: Determining Habitat and checked with your HOA (see the blog). In this post, I will show you a few different types of feeders, what to fill them with, and where to hang them.

Suet Feeder

There are many different takes on suet feeders, I personally prefer to keep it simple and have had a great variety birds (including woodpeckers, flycatchers, and warblers) make regular visits.

What to put in it…

Suet is beef or lamb fat. Suet cake is made of seed, nuts, berries, (sometimes meal worms), and a binding agent. The binding agent doesn’t have to be suet, although that’s the most common, it can be something like coconut oil, or peanut butter. Check out this Pinterest board for DIY suet cakes.

Suet cake is place in a suet feeder which typically looks like this:

suet-basket

Suet is very compact and easy to use, especially if you don’t have a lot of storage area in your home, or if you don’t like the mess of some bird seed mixes.

Where to hang it up…

Hang your suet feeder from a pole/feeding station, balcony, or any other place that is high up and inaccessible to animals such as cats. Avoid tree trunks, and fence posts, because cats can easily climb up.

Tube Feeders

Tube feeders are probably the most common type of bird feeder. Like suet feeders, there are many different kinds of tube feeders.

tube-feeder

What to put in it…

The quality of the bird seed that you fill your tube feeders with will impact the diversity of birds that visit your feeders. For example, most birds in my region prefer sunflower seeds. How do I know this? I know this because when I purchase cheaper, low-quality bird seed from my grocery store, the birds sift through the millet to get to the good stuff — the sunflower seeds. Boy do they leave a mess (and attract mice)! I can promise you that a blue grosbeak will not visit your feeders if you’re filling it with mostly millet.

Quality over quantity!

Where to hang it up…

Like a suet feeder you will want to offer the most amount of protection possible to your yard visitors. Hang the tube feeder on a pole, balcony, or any other place that is high up and inaccessible to animals such as cats. Again, avoid tree trunks, and fence posts.

Platform, or Tray Feeders

Platform, or tray feeders, will attract a lot of different birds too. The feeder is just that, a platform where the birds can land, enjoy a snack, and depart.

tray-white-background

What to put in it…

Again, quality of bird seed over quantity. Put out a mix of berries, raisins, sunflower seed, peanuts, and see who shows up!

Where to hang it up…

Hang a tray feeder from a pole, balcony, or any other place that is high up and inaccessible to animals such as cats. A balcony is good place to put a tray feeder that does not have a hanging option. Again, avoid tree trunks, and fence posts!

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Suet feeders:

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Tube feeders:

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Platform/tray feeders:

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Also read…

Winter Bird Feeding Part One: Determining Habitat

Quick and Dirty: Steps to Cleaning Your Feeders

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