The Best Bird Feeder

Updated: Oct 11, 2020

The platform feeder is, in our birdy-opinion, the optimal bird feeder. Why? Diversity, variety, and flexibility!

Before we start the path that is bird feeders, there are two items I need to address:


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Platform feeders allow for: a diversity of bird sizes to utilize the feeder, a variety of foods depending on the bird species you want to attract, and flexibility for the location of the feeder. Plus, platform feeders do not require birds to put their heads into "feeding ports." Why are feeding ports bad? Disease transmission! Having a platform feeder can greatly reduce the potential for disease transmission.

With platforms in mind, we offer our recommendation for a platform feeder. The Woodlink Going Green Platform Bird Feeder from Amazon is made from up to 90-percent post-consumer recycled plastic, is easily cleaned, and allows water to drain through the coated metal mesh bottom. These plastic-framed feeders can often last longer than the cheap wooden-framed feeders, and are less porous, making them easier to clean. Plus, they are typically dishwasher safe! To view other platform feeders on Amazon, click here!

Best "Flocking" Feeder: Woodlink Going Green Platform Bird Feeder (Amazon)

Online, this feeder has a GREAT track record for a feeder.

Budget Feeder Option: Wild Wings Cedar Tray Bird Feeder (Amazon)

For a budget-friendly bird feeder, the online reviews are great! What we don't like is that this feeder cannot likely be thrown into the dishwasher for a quick cleaning.

Best Bird AND Squirrel Feeder: Homes Garden Platform Bird Feeder (Amazon)

This feeder is a great option if you also like having squirrels visit your yard! The middle of the feeder has a screw for adding fruit or an ear of corn.

Best Ground Feeder: DutchCrafters Recycled Plastic Ground Bird Feeder (Amazon)

For those who have gallinaceous birds (game birds) visiting their property, a ground feeder can be a great way to attract them in for optimal viewing. Gambel's Quail, and other gallinaceous birds can be regular visitors to ground feeders!

Gambel's Quail

Build Your Own Bird Feeder (BYOB...F)

Platform feeders are quite easy to build. Like the one below, you simply need wood and fasteners (screws, nails, etc).

Steller's Jay sitting in a homemade bird feeder

Instructions for a simple platform feeder (with mesh floor):

  1. Cut four pieces of 1 x 2 or 1 x 4 wood to your desired feeder size.

  2. Screw the four pieces into a square frame.

  3. Install diagonal braces from corner to corner for support for the mesh floor.

  4. Staple or screw a piece of metal screening on the frame to serve as a floor. Some people recommend window screening, but we prefer a stronger metal screen.

  5. Screw eyelets into the top of the frame for hanging the feeder.

Instructions for a simple platform feeder (with a solid floor):

  1. Cut four pieces of 1 x 2 or 1 x 4 wood to your desired feeder size.

  2. Screw the four pieces into a square frame.

  3. Cut a piece of plywood to size for your floor.

  4. Drill 1/2 inch holes every 4 inches or less into the plywood. This is how a solid floor drains.

  5. Screw your floor to the frame.

  6. Screw eyelets into the top of the frame for hanging the feeder, OR add a mounting bracket to the bottom of your feeder for mounting on a stand.

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