This free bird feeder plan features a top that slides up a cord, allowing easy removal of the seed bottle. Seed bottle is a regular water bottle.
Hopper Feeders are convenient because you just have to lift the lid and pour in the food. They will usually hold more than one days worth of food. The hopper feeder has trays on each side for birds to land on and the bird seed is protected from rain and snow. The wood feeder can be reloaded with seed from the top and it can hang from a tree, pole or a hook.
Platform Feeders attract a wide variety of birds and allows many to feed at once. They can be hung from a hook, placed on the ground, or mounted on a pole.
They usually have screen on the bottom which allows water to drain, helping to keep seed fresh. Some have a roof for protection from rain and snow. Platform feeders are designed to accommodate birds of all sizes.
Tube Bird Feeders have more than one feeding station with perches that allow for multiple dining. The tube style bird feeder protects seed from weather and allows multiple birds to feed at the same time.
Suet Feeders hold purchased suet cakes or suet cakes you make yourself usually in a wire cage. We have also listed some feeders here that use a peanut butter suet stuffed into holes.
Bird Seed Preferences of Birds
|Black Oil and Striped Sunflower Seeds||Chickadees, Nuthatches, Finches, Sparrows, Mourning doves, Bluejays, Cardinals, Titmice, Buntings,Grosbeaks|
|Cracked corn||Blue jays, cardinals, mourning doves, sparrows, starlings, woodpeckers|
|Thistle Seeds (Niger)||Finches, Buntings, Redpolls, Siskins, Juncos, Mourning Doves|
|Millet (White Variety)||Blackbirds, Cowbirds, Grackles, Juncos, Sparrows, starlings, Finches, Mourning Doves, Cardinals, Buntings, Towhees, Blackbirds, Pigeons|
|Safflower||Safflower Jays, Grosbeaks, Finches, Cardinals, Titmice, Mourning Doves, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Song Sparrows|
|Milo, Sorghum||Grackles, Starlings, some Sparrows, Mourning Doves, Pigeons, Cowbirds, Bluejays|
|Peanuts||Cardinals, Woodpeckers, Bluejays, Finches, Magpies, Nuthatches, Titmice, Chickadees, Sparrows & Squirrels|
|Suet Bird Feed||Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches, most birds will eat some suet.|
|Mealworms||Nuthatches, Titmice, Bluebirds, Wrens, Cardinals, Robins, Woodpeckers, Chickadees|
|Peanut Butter||Sparrows, Finches and Mourning Doves|