Updated: November 2017

Bird Feeder Reviews:

Let's start with the basics. There are many types of bird feeders including platform, hoppers, tube, fruit, and hummingbird. Hopper feeders (also called House Feeders), are great for both large and small birds (Jays or finches) and store the seed inside the walled house. A tube feeder is a hollow cylinder (usually made of plastic) with multiple feeding areas and perches. They are great for smaller chickadees but can accomodate larger birds like Jays. Platform feeders or tray feeders, offer a single platform where the food is place. There drawback is that the food is very exposed to weather and squirrels. Other types of feeders are fruit feeders, suet feeders, and squirrel proof or hummingbird feeders discussed below. For the best selection of hopper, tube and platform feeders try BestNest.com.

Buying Guide - Where you place your bird feeders is really important since access to them is key to the birds becoming familiar with their location and you want to be able to protect your seed from the weather as best you can. Therefore, place the bird feeder near trees or shrubs, but not too close to trees because you don't want cats and squirrels to ruin the birds safehaven. Clean your feeders once every 2-3 weeks to keep the seed fresh and eliminate mildew or spoilage. The best bird feeder sites we found online were at BackyardBird.com, ABirdsWorld.com, and Amazon.com. They are all educational about birds, feeders, houses, and supplies. For the best bird feeder reviews we found Amazon to have the largest # of customer feedback online. There are dozens of feeders with comments posted by actual owners to help you make an informed buying decision. You can browse the top selling bird feeders online here.

Hummingbird Feeder:

The site we recommended above for these type of bird feeders is at BestNest.com. A hummingbird feeder is really just a nectar feeder which is available in a variety of sizes and shapes. The hummingbird feeders are typically enclosed and made of plastic material or glass, and provide 3 to 5 feeding ports for the birds. To attract the hummingbirds, you will often find that the ports are have bee guards or red plastic flowers that surround them. Most experts agree that nectar solution doesn't have to be bought at a store, you can just make it at home. Use a ratio of 4 parts water to 1 part white cane sugar. Boil up the water, mix in the sugar, and let the solution cool before pouring it into the feeder. Most of the feeders range from $10 to $25 with a few higher priced options closer to $40. You can view the top rated hummingbird feeders online here.

Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder:

Squirrel proof feeders are often variations of one of the feeder types listed above and can include a wire mesh protective cage or a special squirrel guard or baffle. Squirrels are great for yards but can be a huge nuisance for the birds who are trying to compete for the bird seed and suet you put out for them. Squirrels are much like raccoons and are adept at figuring things out fast. We've had dozens of bird feeders over the years and seen the squirrels in our yard try every imaginable acrobatic maneuver to get to the bird food. We recently found a great squirrel proof bird feeder called the Roller Feeder. This ingenuous design will prevent squirrel from ever getting to the bird seed. See for yourself at RollerFeeder.com. There basic model starts at $60 and goes up from there. BEST - The Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Perch Ring is considered an excellent option and owners love it.

Bird Feeder Plan - How to make a bird feeder:

Do you want to build your own homemade bird feeder? Building a bird feeder can be a great activity with young children to teach them about birds and nature. There are simple bird feeder plans and making them is quite easy. You just need a few supplies and in many cases you get everything you need when you purchase the bird feeder kit. We tried many of these bird feeder plans and kits, but the one we found easiest to assemble and use was the Ento Hanging Bird Feeder Kit for $19.99. This kit comes with pre-cut, pre-sanded, and pre-drilled wood pieces that quickly assemble with a small hammer. For more exotic bird feeder kits, try ColonialBirdHouses.com.