How to Choose a Bird Feeder

How to Choose a Bird Feeder

Which feeder is right for you? To help you answer this question, let’s briefly go over the different types of feeders we offer at Harmony Bird. Keep in mind that all of our feeders are uniquely designed to be easy to clean, easy to fill, and tough enough to handle just about anything Mother Nature can dish out. Use these tips to help you choose a bird feeder to fit your lifestyle.

Tray Feeders

Simple and effective, our Tray Feeders are perfect for new birders, or those looking to attract a wide variety of species. Simply add your food and wait for the birds to come visit. However, because the open-top nature of this feeder allows for a wide variety of birds, you may find yourself with a lot of food getting tossed around. If you’re looking to keep things a bit tidier, we suggest our next option.

Mixed Seed Feeders

Another great option for those new to birding or looking for the ability to attract different varieties of birds is our Mixed Seed Feeders. These feeders hold more than 3 lbs. of seed, and are designed to keep the seed inside the feeder, rather than let it fall to the ground. Another great thing about this feeder is its ability to house a wide variety of seeds and mixes, which allows you to attract different species of birds year-round.

Thistle Feeders

Another good year-round feeder, our Thistle Feeders are great for feeding Finches, Buntings, Juncos and other small to medium sized birds. They take Thistle or Nyjer seed, and feature a unique design element you’ll love. Often, feeder manufacturers will cut production costs by installing perches that run through the center of the feeder, which unfortunately makes cleaning more difficult and can lead to problems where water seeps in around the perch and gets the seed all moldy (a big no-no when it comes to feeding birds). Since we want your birds to stay healthy, we’ve eliminated that issue, resulting in a feeder that’s not only safer for the birds, but also much easier to refill and clean.

Suet Feeders

These feeders are great for fall and winter when a good source of fat is needed for local birds to keep warm. With suet feeders, you’re likely to see a wide variety of birds (and bird sizes) such as Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Cardinals, Blue jays, Chickadees and Nuthatches. These feeders use suet logs, which allow birds to feed by pecking away to their hearts’ content. These feeders also double as whole peanut feeders.

Peanut Feeders

Peanuts are another great option for winter feeding due to their high fat and protein content; and while our Suet Feeders can be used for whole peanuts, species such as Chickadees, Nuthatches and Wrens prefer their peanuts shelled. For them, we created our peanut feeders, which can hold 2.5 lbs. of shelled peanuts.

Jelly Feeders

If you’re a fan of Orioles, this is the feeder for you. We currently offer two different types of Jelly Feeders: Self Feeders and Cup Feeders. The former is one of our most popular feeders, with a unique design that features a slow-flowing jelly jar that allows for less work on your end, and UV protected to help prevent the jelly from melting during hot summer weather. However, if you’re looking to feed more than just Orioles, our cup feeder, which is designed to hold open-top 8 oz. cups of jelly, can also be used to hold other kinds of food, such as meal worms for Bluebirds.

Hummingbird Feeders

Last, but certainly not least, these feeders only have one type of bird in mind – Hummingbirds. So if you’d like to see those fast, fluttering wings outside your window, this is the feeder for you. Maintenance on these feeders is nice and simple: unscrew the bottom, fill the jar and you’re good to go. Its innovative design also keeps territorial birds from fighting with special separators set between feeding ports, and we’ve included a FREE Ant Moat to keep those pesky bugs out of your nectar!


If you’ve decided on a type of feeder, the next step is to consider any variables presented by your location. Are larger birds a concern? What about high winds? Or Squirrels? If the answer to any of those questions is “yes,” don’t worry: we’ve still got you covered. Just stop by our Accessories Page to find other great products that will help you get the most out of your birding journey.

Do you have a favorite type of feeder, or one you always suggest to new birders? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave us a comment below. Hopefully we have helped you choose a bird feeder that is just right for you.

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  1. I didn't realize that there are mixed seed feeders-thanks! You also talked about thistle feeders and how these are good for finches. I think it's a good idea to see what kind of birds are around your area to determine what type of seed and what kind of feeder you should get.

  2. Wow, I did not know that there were so many different kinds of bird feeders to choose from. However, I think I would personally go for a mixed seed feeder. That way you can get a bunch of different kinds of birds to show up.


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