A bird feeder will make your yard a popular spot for birds. The type of bird that you attract depends on the bird feeder selected. There are several types of bird feeders.

Platform Feeders

Platform feeders have a long, narrow platform for the feed to dispense. This limits the amount of contamination in the feeding area. The birds hang on the edge of the food ledge to feed. Cardinals, blackbirds and wrens are birds which typically feed from this style of feeder.

Suet Feeders

Suet feeders are designed to hold suet cakes. Suet cakes are made from solid fats such as lard, beef and mutton fat. Often rolled oats, bird seed, cornmeal, raisins, unsalted nuts are mixed into the suet. The suet is placed inside a wire cage in the feeder, and there is either a perch or a platform in from. The birds peck at the suet from the from of the feeder. Mocking birds, creepers, woodpeckers, jays and blue birds are suet feeder fans.

Tube Feeders

Tube feeders are long cylinders. Food is place into the center of the cylinder. Multiple holes in cylinder along with multiple perches allow birds to access the feed from many different places. At the bottom of the cylinder there may be a platform to catch loose feed, and to provide an additional point for birds to perch. Tube feeders attract woodpeckers, finches, chickadees and titmice.

Nectar Feeders

Nectar feeders are filled with liquid hummingbird nectar. This type of feeder is commonly know as a hummingbird feeder. Though a simple mixture of sugared water can be used in lieu of the nectar. The feeder is designed to allow hummingbirds to drink with their long bills. Generally, there is no perch, since hummingbirds hover when they feed. The feeder should have a bottom tray to catch spills and provide sufficient feeding space.

No matter which style of bird feeder you choose, it should be weather resistant, easy to clan and easily filled.

If you are getting a wooden bird feeder, cedar and redwood feeders are among the best. The wood used for the feeder should not be chemically treated. Also, any painted surfaces should not chip.

Metal bird feeders should be kept out of direct sunlight. It is possible for a metal bird feeder to get to hot in the sun for the birds to use.

A bird feeder will make your yard a popular visiting site for many birds and their feathered friends. The types of birds that you attract depends on feeder type and seed. But, what ever you choose, you will be delighted all year long with many hours of pleasure watching the birds.