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best kind of bird feeder?

So far I've only really scattered a few peanuts around, but mainly squirrels get those...and whenever I tried a sunflower shaped wire bird feeder (hanging type) all the nuts kept getting soaked and spoiled.

What's the best type to use which also protects the food from wet?

I have loads of blue tits, blackbirds, robins and some wrens.




  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Blue tits need a feeder at this time of year, filled with crushed peanuts, otherwise they may take whole nuts back to their nestlings, which will kill them.

    Robins and blackbirds prefer to feed off the ground. Mealworms for robins.  Raisins, apples for blackbirds.  Wrens mainly eat insects.

    If the food is getting wet you might like to look at the feeders from CJWildfoods. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,954

    Jess it might be a good idea just to put a smaller amount of nuts out and fill more often. I just use fairly standard feeders, the metal ones to stop squirrels destroying them, but as welshonion says blackbirds and robins and many others feed from the ground so you can do that but with a different mix instead of whole nuts-they're are many available according to the birds you get. I use ones for all the small birds-finches, robins, tits etc and mealworms as well, but avoid the cheaper makes as they have a lot of barley which just attracts pigeons. You could also think about getting a bird table too if you have room image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • AlieshAliesh Posts: 179

    Jess i use this type from Wilkinsons 


     I only fill half way with mixed seed in one and sunflower hearts in the other

    when almost empty i clean out and refill. In the past i bought hanging horn suet feeders made by guardman from my local garden centre theese were loved by the birds in my garden especially the blue tits. sadly they no longer stock them.I have a coconut suet feeder at the moment but they don't seem interested in it.Just looking on line for the guardman horns.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,954

    I've just used a really chunky suet feeder which looked like a candle-not sure where I got it sadly, may have been garden centre- but it had mealworms in it and all the birds loved it!

    My feeders are similar to yours Aliesh but metal, as the squirrels just destroy the plastic ones. I used to make suet feeders too- melt suet with some bird food and other bits and pieces and refill the coconut shells or put a string/wire in a container, pour the mix in , and lift out when cooled and set. For those  with young  children- they love doing it image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • JessdinesJessdines Posts: 30

     I use the feeder as shown below at amazon. I think they are good and you can put a good

    variety of food for all the birds. I have however removed the water as this gets dirty weary quickly. 

    I replaced it with an old sieve and fill that with seed.


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I had some problems with rats when I first started feeding the birds, I now have trays under the Niger seeds and the suet balls. I use hulled sunflower seeds as the husks make a real mess.


     Sunflower hearts


     Fat balls with a tray attached using a large nylon washer and nut and bolt. Annoyingly the trays can only be attached to one brand of bird feeder; the sunflower hearts have to be in a metal and plastic container to stop the local squirrel from destroying it.

    I no longer feed seed mixtures as the birds just discard what their species don't eat.


     This is a water feeder, if it is windy all the water drains out!




     After water feeder, dried meal worms, I think - it is really hard to see photos as I'm uploading them. Above is Niger Seed for the Finches, they are messy feeders so have to have a tray.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,954

    Great pix Art! Yes- vermin can be an issue and it's usually if there's excess food still around when it gets dark but when you're a keen bird feeder it can be difficult to sort that. You've done the right thing with the trays etc. WE had an issue with mice for the same reason and it was mainly because the stuff dropped from the feeders was still there as it got dark. Like you I never use anything except sunflower hearts or the hulled ones because of the mess.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Thanks fairygirlimage

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,135

    Our pet shop will not stock fat balls with net on, a lot of birds get beaks and feet caught in them, i have rescued 2 recently so i dont buy the netted ones anymore




    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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