10 Best Bird Feeders in 2017

It’s always good to wake up to the beautiful songs produced by wild birds so early in the morning. They are just like the rainbow that comes right out after the rain. Unfortunately, getting wild birds to sing for you simply means you have to have a system to entice them to make your home their favorite hangout. What better way to do this than installing one of our 10 amazing bird feeders in 2016.

10 Best Bird Feeders

11057 Squirrel Buster Standard Wild Bird Feeder by Brome

Built for the great outdoors and help you attract your favorite avian species, the 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard is one fantastic wild bird feeder that we’re sure will make your garden feel more alive. Birdies will love standing on the four masterfully crafted perches that provide an excellent resting place for birdies’ little feet. The metal screen or mesh shroud body also allows for clingers – birdies that prefer clinging onto walls instead of standing on a perch – to get access to the high quality feed that’s inside.

What is really amazing about the 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard is that it is designed specifically for birdies and not for squirrels and other pesky critters. Located at the bottom of the metal mesh are openings that are designed to align with the system’s seed tray. This gives unobstructed access to food by birdies. However, when a squirrel or any other creature climbs onto the feeding system, the weight of the squirrel automatically forces the metal mesh shroud to close. Once the squirrel leaves, the change in weight reactivates the mechanism to open the shroud again. In some cases where the squirrel might notice that the protection mechanism is weight-activated, it may be able to defeat the closing mechanism by hanging onto the sides instead of standing on the feeding tray itself. To address this, the 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard has integrated a negative grip tube technology which effectively prevents squirrels from grabbing onto the wire hanger.

The 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard also comes with an excellent seed ventilation system that allows fresh air to circulate through the stock of seeds inside the chamber. This helps prevent moisture buildup which can lead to fungal and bacterial growth as well as the occurrence of sprouting in the seeds. Fresh cool air enters the bottom vents while hot and moist air escape through the top vents.

This avian feeding system is also waterproof, corrosion resistant, and dishwasher-safe. Thanks to its patented RoxResin technology, it is able to provide these amazing benefits and a whole lot more including superb UV stabilization. What this simply means is that you’ll have the 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard in your garden, serving your flying friends, for many years to come. The 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard is a must-have if you want to attract rose-breasted grosbeaks, goldfinches, white-breasted nuthatches, chickadees, indigo buntings, and purple finches.

What We Like about It – The unique engineering and squirrel-proofing of the 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard is one of those things that bird-lovers like about the product. The design and styling are also remarkable.

2Window Bird Feeder with Removable Tray by Nature’s Hangout

If you require birdies to come visit you any time of day, up close and personal, then you might want to invest in a really high quality window type of avian nourishment mechanism. The Nature’s Hangout Window Wild Bird Feeder is one fantastic open type feeding platform that gives you an unrestricted view of the different avian species that visit your home. With three super-strong suction cups, you can easily mount the Nature’s Hangout on your window glass. Put it outside your kitchen window so you’ll have the pleasure of birdie company while cooking up some delicious meals. Add them outside your living room window to give you and your guests something to view instead of the TV. Or, you can have them outside your bedroom windows so you’ll have an additional means to relax.

The beauty of the Nature’s Hangout is in its clear acrylic construction. Since it’s transparent, it’s like looking at these feathery creatures so close that you can actually see the beautiful lines and marking in their feathers. Kids will benefit most from these systems as they can sit and watch their favorite birdies just several inches away from their amazed faces. Part of the design is a fully padded perch which gives optimum comfort for birds’ feet while they are feasting on the feed that you gave them. Cleaning is also not that hard to accomplish as acrylic materials are often known for ease of maintenance. The tray has a divider so you can put two different feeds at the same time. There are also drain holes to help keep the seeds dry and moisture-free. At least, you are not going to worry about the seeds ever spoiling or growing molds. The feeding tray can accommodate up to 4 cups of bird seeds so you’ll have plenty of feathery friends flying in from afar just to sample the feast you’ve prepared for them.

Know however that the Nature’s Hangout is an open design so it’s not adequately protected from chipmunks and squirrels. To address this, you may need to mount the Nature’s Hangout as high and far away as possible from potential jump-off points. Squirrels cannot climb glass surfaces so mounting the Nature’s Hangout high enough should help you prevent critters from foraging.

What We Like about It –The Nature’s Hangout’s clear transparent design makes bird-watching really fun. Best of all, you don’t need a binocular to enjoy it.

31024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Perch Ring by Brome

If you love the 1057 but wished it had a slightly different kind of perch, then how about the 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus? This wild bird feeder is specifically designed for the cardinal because of its unique cardinal perch ring surrounding the base of the SB Plus giving access to feeding ports that are also protected by the same squirrel busting mechanism that is seen in the SB Standard. When a squirrel climbs onto the cardinal perch ring, its weight pulls down the metal shroud and thus, closing the feeding ports. This simply means that there’s no way squirrels or any other creature, for that matter, will be able to gain access to the contents of the SB Plus. The weight-sensitive closing mechanism is preset at 4 ounces. However, you can easily adjust this. Know that any creature above the set limit will activate the closing mechanism. And yes, this also includes large birds that weigh at least as heavy as the set limit. At least, you can be certain that the seeds you place inside stays inside and can only be accessed by a wide variety of birds of your choosing.

Sadly, there’s one slight hiccup to the SB Plus. It doesn’t have a clinging feature to allow birdies that prefer to cling while feeding to be attracted to it. Birdies can get a bit crowded on the perch ring. Nevertheless, the SB Plus is one great-looking avian feeding system. It can hold up to 3 quarts of your favorite bird seeds and let it stay there for a significantly longer period of time. It has the same seed ventilation system like the SB Standard to help prevent moisture development and mold growth. It looks stunningly fashionable, too. You’d be glad to put it anywhere near your house or in your garden to help improve the overall aesthetics of your landscape.

What We Like about It – The cardinal perch ring is a natural attractant to these feathery creatures. The superb squirrel-busting mechanism is also one thing that makes this Brome product a must-have.

4Clear Bird Feeder with Self-Draining and Easy to Clean Removable Tray by Flock to Me

One of the best wild bird feeder systems you can buy for your home, especially if you have kids who are also fascinated with Tweetie Bird is the Flock to Me Clear Bird Feeder. This product comes with a self-draining tray that helps keep your birdies’ seeds dry so they don’t spoil or grow mold and bacteria. This way you can ensure high quality food for your wild feathery pals. The removable tray also makes it very easy to clean. The feeding tray has three compartments, the middle of which is designed to accommodate water for these animals. Not only are you feeding them, you are also giving them something to drink. Perching on the Flock to Me is also comfortable as the perch is already padded with cushiony material. Birdies of varying species will love perching and feeding in the Flock to Me tray as they will sense you’re taking care of them.

But what is really good about the Flock to Me is its crystal clear acrylic design giving you a really superb view of these flying creatures. The acrylic construction is guaranteed to be made of only the most durable materials so you can expect the Flock to Me to be a haven for your wild feathery friends for many years to come. Kids will surely be amazed viewing different species of birds feeding right on the other side of their windows. Whether it is mounted on the windows of the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, or even the bedroom, the Flock to Me is sure to attract all the colorful and lively avian species you can ever imagine.

The Flock to Me may not be fully squirrel-proof because of its open design. Nevertheless, because squirrels and other similar creatures cannot readily climb up glass surfaces, then it should provide some form of squirrel proofing. However, you have to make sure to set it quite high up on your window and as far away as possible from likely jump-off points.

What We Like about It – The 3-compartment system of the Flock to Me adds a certain degree of versatility that bird species will definitely appreciate. The clear design also makes bird-watching a very fun endeavor.

5325S Panorama Bird Feeder by Perky-Pet

With two levels of feeding compartments, the 325S Perky-Pet Panorama is one wild bird feeder that you will definitely want to put in your garden or even in your porch to attract an even larger number of feathery animals such as finches, woodpeckers, and cardinals, just to name a few. The design of the Perky-Pet Panorama is like having two separate feeding systems, one on top of the other, complete with a ring perch on both compartments so you’ve got plenty of birds flocking to your feeder at almost the same time. The Perky-Pet Panorama also features a Sure-Lock mechanism that keeps your seeds pretty safe from rummaging squirrels and other critters. The added powder coating also helps to keep these nuisances away as they tend to make the surfaces as slippery as possible. The Sure-Lock technology also allows for hassle-free refilling. Birdie feed is placed inside the canister and allowed to flow naturally downwards as different species begin pecking at the bottom circular tray.

The Perky-Pet Panorama is very easy to install as you can just hook and hang it on your porch or on any other structure in your home. The design is also quite stylish, giving your garden an additional element. The full plastic enclosure helps keep your birdie food not only safe from squirrels but also from molds and bacteria. However, it is still a must that you check on the state of the seeds from time to time especially if you’re going to hang this near direct sunlight.

What We Like about It – The double ring perch on the Perky-Pet Panorama is a welcome feature as it helps attract more bird species at the same time. This can easily translate into a fabulous sight that cannot be replicated by single perch systems.

6GB-6844 Premium Bird Feeding Station Kit by GrayBunny

While the GrayBunny GB-6844 Premium Bird Feeding Station Kit is not really an avian feeding system, it nevertheless provides the framework or the foundation upon which you can place any wild bird feeder system that you can think of. You can hang a platform or tray type, a thistle variant, a tube style, a nectar feeder, a hopper, or even a suet feeder. Technically, the GrayBunny is the only fixture you’re going to need to help create a feeding environment that is as friendly as possible. Just imagine a highly movable stand that is designed like a very lovely lamp post with two curved arms with hooks at the top.

The GrayBunny comes with three additional attachments, one of which is a platform or tray type of avian feeding system while another is a water bowl. The other attachment is a hook you can use to hang a thistle or a tube type of avian feeding device. The good thing about these attachments is that you can move and reposition them anywhere along the length of the GrayBunny pole. You don’t even need special tools for this as the attachments can be fastened and loosened with their wing-nut bolts. So, you now have 5 different stations with which to hang or place your very own birdie trays and nutrition devices.

The GrayBunny pole is designed to be rust-resistant and is about 91 inches tall or roughly about less than 8 feet. When driven to the ground, you’d have roughly 6 to 7 feet of a feeding tower for your feathery pals. Driving it to the ground is also easy as the pointed tip allows for easier penetration of the soil. The fork-styled base allows for greater stability so your GrayBunny won’t be wobbling with the wind. Now, you only need to buy your own wild bird feeder.

What We Like about It – The GrayBunny is a very ingenious fixture to have in our garden. Because it’s highly portable, you can place it almost anywhere as long as you can stake it to the ground. This greatly increases the number of your avian feeding options. You can even make it the centerpiece in your garden.

7336 Squirrel-be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder by Perky-Pet

Tired of the usual circular or cylindrical design of avian nutrition devices? Would you consider something boxy? If so, then we’d urge you to get the Perky-Pet Squirrel-be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder. Unlike other devices we have in our list that are also hung, the Squirrel-be-Gone has a boxy shape. The premium grade plastic canister is beautifully encased in a metal cage that is also finished with a rustic brown powder coating. The metal cage has marvelous metallic leaf ornaments that serve another purpose and not just for aesthetic reasons. The canister is designed with 6 feeding ports that are positioned strategically just below the metallic leaf adornments.

The Squirrel-be-Gone has a weight-activated seed safety mechanism which can be easily adjusted using its easy-access settings. Avian species can easily access the seeds. But once squirrels and other critters step onto the cage, the weight-activated mechanism kicks in, dropping the cage, and positioning the metallic ornamental leaves directly over the feeding ports. The drop-down action can also startle the poor but pesky creature. And with the ornamental leaves blocking the feeding ports, it will have no other recourse but to retreat and find other sources of food. For your feathery friends, however, the system works magically for them. Once the squirrel has scrammed, then it’s back to feeding frenzy. Birdies will have a feast as they rest on the U-shaped perches of the Squirrel-be-Gone.

What We Like about It – The weight-activated locking mechanism of the Squirrel-be-Gone is an excellent squirrel deterrent. This helps ensure the seeds are kept safe for those species that really need them.

850144 Deluxe Chalet Cedar Feeder by Perky-Pet

If you want a really elegant wooden bird feeder, you really have to try the 50144 Deluxe Chalet Cedar Feeder. It’s made of 100 percent cedar wood, known around the world as one of the best materials for attracting avian species as it provides natural comfort that these animals simply cannot get in any other material. Cedar is also highly resistant to bacteria, mildew, and fungi and is guaranteed never to rot. It’s one of the world’s toughest woods, significantly reducing the occurrence of any problem.

The Perky-Pet Deluxe Chalet Cedar is one truly amazing hopper type of avian nutrition device. It’s built more like a wonderful house especially for our feathered friends. The center compartment has clear walls of durable plastic to hold the seeds. The bottom part of the plastic panel provides an opening upon which the seeds pass through giving your feathered pals all the nutrition they will ever need. And if the avian species in your neighborhood are not really into nuts and seeds, you can put 2 suet cakes on the suet holder located on the sides of the Deluxe Chalet Cedar. At least, your feathered pals will have two food choices: one standard and one with high protein and high fat content. The Deluxe Chalet Cedar can be easily hung on your porch overlooking your garden. Or you can get the GrayBunny and put it right in the middle of your garden. Or if you have a tree in your lawn or yard, you can also hang the Deluxe Chalet Cedar there.

What We Like about It – The use of cedar wood on the Deluxe Chalet Cedar is clearly what made us love this product. It’s more natural for our feathered pals. And it’s good for the environment, too.

9HF92 Gazebo Wild Bird Feeder by Perky-Pet

If you prefer a smaller yet fully functional avian nutrition device, then get the HF92 Gazebo Wild Bird Feeder. This product from Perky-Pet makes for a very interesting landscape element in your backyard especially if you already have a gazebo in place. The visually pleasing angles and balanced lines of the Perky-Pet Gazebo can really add beauty and charm to any outdoor landscape. The hexagonal shape of the Perky-Pet Gazebo provides a feeding system for a greater number of your feathered pals as they perch on the wraparound tray. The twist lock cap helps ensure the safety of your bird seeds so only avian species will be able to access it. Moreover, the angled roof provide additional protection against the elements so your seeds stay fresh until next refill. Cleaning should be done at least twice a week, nonetheless, to help ensure the overall safety of the entire system.

What We Like about It – The Perky-Pet Gazebo’s hexagonal styling makes it quite an interesting piece to have in your backyard. The twist lock cap mechanism is also a welcome feature.

10Nature Anywhere Premium Window Bird Feeder by Nature Anywhere 

If you’re on the lookout for bird feeders for sale, then the Nature Anywhere Premium Window Bird Feeder is the one to get. This window type of avian nutrition device is designed to be like a bird house but with clear transparent panels so you’ll get unrestricted viewing pleasure of these flying creatures. The Nature Anywhere can be mounted on any nonporous surface such as glass using the suction cups that already come with the package. You can have it right in your bedroom window or even those in the living room and the dining room. The removable feeding tray can be easily slid off for instant refilling and cleaning. It also has drain holes to help keep the freshness of the seeds you’re going to fill it with.

What We Like about It – The Nature Anywhere truly deserves its name. You now get to enjoy nature right on your window. Plus, its hopper styling is truly unique for a window type of wild bird feeder.

How We Chose the Top Bird Feeder Systems in Our List

In choosing the type of bird feeders to include in our list, we had to look at a variety of parameters and how each product can measure up to these parameters.

First, since there are hundreds of bird feeder systems that range from a simple wooden bird feeder design to a really superbly looking avian feeding system, we knew we had to reduce the number a bit to make our evaluation a lot more manageable. To help us with this, we had to look at the individual consumer ratings of each of these products. We believed that if there are a good number of folks who are saying a lot of positive things about the product, then it should be worth investigating further. Compare this to a product that has mostly negative reviews and you’ll understand why we chose this parameter as our initial screening point. It makes sense actually. Why trust a product that has a negative consumer satisfaction score when there are other products that have remarkably positive customer satisfaction ratings?

Once we have made a more manageable pool of potential top 10 avian feeding systems, we then proceeded to examine the different attributes of each one. For this we had to look at the ease of installation as not many of us do have the correct tools every time we need to put up something. If the product does not require any complex tools to set up, then better. In like manner, if the product needs to be assembled, then it needs to be assembled with ease. Otherwise, we’d just be so frustrated at the complexity of the setting up process. We also made sure that the system is easy to clean as it is easy to install. You don’t want your wild bird feeder to be collecting dust, dirt, and debris and ruin the quality of your avian feed. So, if it’s easy to install, it must also be easy to clean.

The functionality of the feeding system was also evaluated. It must be easy for us to put grains and avian seeds into the pans, trays, and other feeding mechanisms in the product. More importantly, it should also be easy for our flying friends to get their food. Otherwise, if they will be straining to get even a morsel of it, what’s the use of installing a wild bird feeder? This also means looking at features that help ensure only birds will get to feed on whatever we put in the feeding system. If other animals like squirrels, rodents, and other critters can also get access, then we cannot really rightfully call the system as an avian feeding system but rather a wildlife feeding mechanism. Closely related to this is the inherent ability of the product to keep seeds dry. If moisture is introduced into these seeds, it won’t take long before you see sprouts growing in your bird feeder.

Of course, we had to consider the credibility and reputation of the bird feeder system’s maker. Some have been in the business for quite a long time enabling them to command the respect and admiration of their followers. There are also newer entrants in the industry. However, it is rather difficult to establish their credibility since they are only new. Nevertheless, if they can show compliance with federal regulations, then maybe they’re worth considering.

Coming up with a list of the ten most amazing bird feeders was not really easy. Regardless, we were able to complete the task simply because it’s our promise to provide you with such invaluable information for your avian watching pleasures.

A Look at the Different Types of Bird Feeder

The key to choosing a good avian feeding system is to make sure that it can withstand the elements as well as squirrels and other tenacious wild creatures, has a system of keeping bird seeds dry, and is easy to both install and clean. What you may not know is that there are several kinds of avian feeding systems, each one with its unique advantages and disadvantages. If you’re really bent on feeding the birds in your garden, then you might want to look at the different types of bird feeders.

  • Platform Feeders 

These types of avian feeding systems are one of the most common and simplest designs. These have an open design so that birds of different species can readily access the feed that is placed in the platform. Since they are open, platform feeding systems don’t have protection against the elements and as such will require substantially more frequent cleaning. Additionally, as there clearly is no protection against moisture, seeds can readily grow into sprouts. There is also a higher likelihood of fostering the growth of bacterial and fungal species which can infect birds. Avian droppings are also more likely to soil the feed which can, again, affect the general health of those feeding on the system.

It is therefore important to look for platform feeders that allow for sufficient drainage. Some platform feeders have a wire screen at the bottom to facilitate drainage. In products that don’t have a screen bottom, the platform should have at least several drainage holes. However, even with these drainage mechanisms in place, it’s inadvertent that it may not be enough to ensure high quality seeds for wild birds. So, make sure to place just the right amounts of seeds that birds can finish in a day or two.

Platform or tray feeders are also more prone to squirrel and chipmunk foraging unless some form of a barrier is built to protect the seeds yet allow birds to gain access to their food.

If placed just above ground, it can invite jays, doves, juncos, sparrows, and blackbirds. It is also possible to mount platform feeding systems on posts, stumps, or deck railings. Some would prefer having them suspended.

  • Window Feeders

If you want to attract finches, titmice, chickadees, and a few sparrows, then you might want to get a window bird feeder. These are typically small systems that are attached to your window glass using suction cups or even hooked into the frame of your window. Window feeding systems are also regarded as one of the safest especially when it comes to the prevention of window collisions. These systems allow for magnificent viewing of wild birds up close and personal. Unfortunately, the feed can get easily soiled because birds will often be standing on the seeds while feeding. Fortunately, however, these systems are highly accessible and very easy to clean as well.

  • Suet Feeders

If you’re planning on giving wild birds a high protein and high fat diet like a suet cake which typically contains rendered fat of even peanut butter that has been mixed with seeds or grains to form a birdie suet cake, then you’ll need a suet feeder. These are feeding systems that are excellent for attracting jays, cardinals, woodpeckers, bluebirds, starlings, wrens, chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice as well as others. Suet avian feeding systems are especially designed for birds that cling to the trunks of trees as they feed. They resemble small cages with large-holed screens to keep the suet cake inside. The downside of the suet feeder is that suet is known to easily spoil in the hot sun. It is therefore, recommended that you periodically check the suet for signs of spoilage. If the suet is already spoiled, then discard it immediately.

  • Hopper Feeders

Also known as house feeders, hopper avian feeding systems are used to attract a wide variety of bird species. These are enclosed systems with built-in feeder mechanism at the bottom. It’s the most preferred system in areas where it may take days before the feeding system can be refilled. The enclosure helps protect the seeds as well as other avian feeds from the elements including squirrels, chipmunks, and other critters. The problem is that, it should be completely emptied and thoroughly cleaned. It should also be thoroughly dried so that it’s moisture-free before you fill it with seeds. The good news is that you don’t have to clean the system every day. Once a month cleaning is often enough since the enclosure helps keep the feed safe for a longer period of time. Regardless, it is still recommended that you check the feeding system at least every few days just to ensure the feed is not spoiled.

  • Tube Feeders

These cylindrical feeding systems are excellent for feeding only small species of birds as larger breeds typically cannot land on the relatively small perches of these systems. They make excellent attractants of goldfinches, redpolls, house finches, pine siskins, and chickadees, as well as other small birds. The cylinder has built in ports or screens through which birds can insert their beaks to get the seeds. Depending on the size of the holes, these can also offer excellent protection against other creatures like chipmunks and squirrels especially if they contain metal ports built around the seed dispensers. The entire system can be filled with feeds so birds can have a feast. However, it is recommended that you check the feed to help ensure any unused seeds don’t sit in the feeder’s bottom as these can rot. This occurs because the feeder ports are often located an inch above the bottom. As such, it is advised to block this portion to increase the level of the bottom.

  • Thistle Feeders

These are a special type of tube avian feeding systems with smaller feeding ports. In some cases, they comprise of thistle socks which birds can cling onto to extract the feed inside.

  • Nectar Feeders 

There are certain bird species that feed on nectar such as orioles and hummingbirds. These feeding systems are like hopper systems but with ports that are specifically designed to supply the sweet feeds only when accessed by birds. At any rate, the nectar in these systems must be changed frequently especially in warm weather as it does tend to spoil easily.

Now you have an idea of what type of avian feeding products to get for the type of birds you want in your garden.

The Bottom Line

Birds are some of the most beautiful animals on the planet. Now, you get to view them up close with any of our top ten bird feeders in 2016.

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Olivia is our head of content for MyPetNeedsThat.com, mum of one and a true animal lover. With 12 different types of animal in her family, it's never a dull moment. When she isn't walking the dogs, feeding the cats or playing with her pet Parrot Charlie, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest products for your pets!
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